The 2016 #TransForTheHolidays Season has come to an end. We couldn’t be happier with the response. For a project that was conceived quickly one day at work right before Thanksgiving, I never imagined the project getting so big, so fast. I never anticipated the support I’d get, both from friends and strangers. And more than all of that, I never imagined the way this project would affect me. People came to me in their time of need and that is incredibly humbling – I can only hope that I have helped them. I found myself attached to their stories, when they told them; like I was catching up with an old friend. I found myself wondering about the rest of their lives, worrying for their safety and searching everywhere for that one special item they asked for. There are so many feelings I have about this project and can’t wait for more in 2017. Let me break some things down about this year’s project. Continue reading #TransForTheHolidays: End of Season Thoughts and Observations
Just a quick update, and some more details later. We’ve closed the survey for 2016 to focus on getting all of the care packs out by Christmas this year. We received 35 responses from 17 states, but we’re still working on getting statistics out to update thoroughly on all three fronts. We do have two packages on our way back to us because we didn’t address them properly (totally our fault), so we’re working on getting that fixed.
We currently have over half the packages out, and we’re still looking for any last minute help covering shipping costs, you can donate via paypal. Even a dollar helps offset the costs.
Check out and follow our Facebook Page for some up to the minute details and some neat info graphics about the packages we’ve sent.
Until next time,
We’ve gotten our first packs boxed up, labeled and I’ll be dropping them off tomorrow morning before work.
Some are on here, but click on over to the Facebook Page to see the whole collection.
Also, if you’re interested in donating to help with shipping costs – we’ve set up a PayPal for that. Without further adieu, a few of our pictures from tonight.
Wow. So first, what a response. We were lucky enough to be shared by Point of Pride and our response quadrupled in a few hours. We are coming up on the deadline to have items shipped to arrive by Christmas 2016. While this isn’t strictly a Christmas program, we are hoping to have the packs mailed by 12/21/2016 to have them at people’s doorsteps by Christmas. That being said, let me proceed with the area-specific updates.
Donate: The Amazon Wishlist is still up and I broke down and set up a PayPal Account to help offset shipping costs. I’m working on some updates to it to reflect better what we have and what we’re still looking for. Gift cards would be awesome at this point. If you’d like, you can email e-gift cards to TransForTheHolidays@gmail.com. If your donation doesn’t make it in time to get into a 2016 gift pack, don’t worry: it will NOT go to waste. Leftovers and late arrivals will be stored for 2017, or some possible other projects #TransForTheHolidays hopes to do in 2017. Early in the year, we’re going to be working on becoming an official non-profit organization and expanding our base. So don’t you worry. We will be putting everything to good use.
Ask For Help: The survey is still up! Please have your responses in by the end of this week so we can have you a pack by Christmas. We’ll be keeping the survey open through the end of the year, then closing it to focus on coming back even stronger in 2017. We’ve been getting a lot of requests for binders and packers. I’m still looking for resources for people in the packer department, but if you’re looking for a binder, head over to Point of Pride‘s binder give away program and get yourself on their waiting list. How long it takes depends on demand and sizing, since they’re donation based. But they’ll help you as fast as they can.
Signal Boost: Keep sharing. Keep using #TransForTheHolidays. Don’t forget to make the post public so everyone can see it. Finally, follow our new Facebook Page for ongoing updates about 2017 plans and documentation of our shenanigans in kicking off a non-profit. It’s a little barebones right now, but thanks to a friend far artsier than I, we will soon have a totally kickass logo. And we’ll post pictures of the care packs going together.
Next update will include pictures of the mayhem that is Melissa and I packing boxes for shipment. We forgot the post office closes early on Satuday, so we didn’t pick up boxes today, but we have 8 out of 27 packs ready to roll and another 5-7 just waiting on an item or two.
Until next time, much love!
Just a quick update about the status of the project!
Donations: We’ve been getting donations, mostly from friends and family, but it will cover our requests for the time being. I’ve set up an Amazon Wishlist with ideas for items we’ll need for care packs. If there’s something you’d like to give that’s not on the list, or you can’t quite manage the bulk packs I have listed, send an email to TransForTheHolidays@gmail.com and I’ll help you get something to us. I have tried to select companies that have shown support for the LGBT community in general and trans people in particular. Many of the products are Procter & Gamble, the parent company behind Secret. We’re also planning to get products we don’t get from Amazon primarily at Target, as they’ve chosen to stand by our community despite boycotts and backlash.
Ask for Help: We’ve gotten a few responses, which has been awesome. We’re going to be getting our first few care packs together and out this week. If you need help, please fill out the brief survey and we’ll be happy to do what we can to help you out. If there’s something in particular that you need or are having trouble getting, let us know and we’ll do our best. For those of you that have already asked for help: I just want you to know that I know how hard it can be to ask for help and I think you’re the bravest people on the planet. You’re loved.
Signal Boost: Keep sharing the message! So far it’s mostly been friends or friends of friends, but I’m starting to see people looking from all over, so I know the word’s getting out. Help me help people this holiday season. Keep posting, and using #TransForTheHolidays to get the signal out. Set your post to public on social media so everyone can share it. We’ve been talking with a big non-profit that has experience executing these types of projects in hopes of a partnership and possible expansion into a year-round program. I’m looking forward to being able to share that news with you when we know more.
The main page for the project is here: #TransForTheHolidays, but I link back to these updates, too.