We've provided approximately 12,000 meals to 148 people in September alone, yes that’s correct, TWELVE THOUSAND!
RFTS has a few clients that will ensure they use every ingredient given. One client has been so creative, she has even put babybell cheese into the middle of ground meat for cheese burgers.
Another client was pregnant and so excited to receive prenatal vitamins in her hygiene box. RFTS had no idea she was pregnant, just wanted to give her some vitamins.
“Omg how did you know I was pregnant!!!!? I needed those vitamins! omg thank you thank you thank you for everything oh wow! I love you guys so much. You answered prayers you guys!” ❤️❤️🙏❤️❤️
People seem to be satisfied with RFTS. 62% of our clients are returning and are able to receive food 2x/month.
At first, we could only take non-perishables donations. Then... a wonderful veteran family gave us a fridge/freezer which allows us to store a variety of cold food items including veggies, meat & dairy products. RFTS is now also blessed with plenty of hygiene items to give out courtesy of Pinal Fire & Medical District and our private donors.
In just a couple months, massive improvements have been made, thanks to YOU! Our Supporters! Thank you! -RFTS Team
Homeless Helping the Homeless
We met 2 light hearted men with a beautiful story. Even though their circumstances might have not been the most ideal, they still choose to smile and volunteer every day at a local church which they state helps other homeless. They explained to us how they have received more help from other homeless people talong their journey then actual organizations. These two were so nice, open and grateful. They said thank you. That's a thank YOU to everyone who has donated items to RFTS!
On a normal day, we fill up the truck with homeless outreach backpacks (filled with tons of great stuff) and drive around Tucson in search of the homeless that are in-need. However, in September, we received messages from 7 different homeless souls asking for help! SEVEN!! This is exactly what we want; a relationship, rapport and trust. This was an exciting moment for RFTS. It means RFTS Charity is reaching our homeless community!!
7 homeless beauties reached out to RFTS this month! 18 more were served.
The thing about our homeless isn’t an immediate change... it is about compassion and building rapport. They are hurting (deeply). Once they are ready, we are there with the resources available (whether transitional housing, rehab, shelter, doctor etc) for them to Reach For The Stars ⭐️
"Sometimes I feel so alone that no one even notices me. God bless you guys for stopping to say hello, and making my month. Tonight I'll tell all my friends that there are people who still care about us. Thank you for this! Oh man this is like Christmas morning, God bless you folks". -Buck (Homeless, yet human)
#3 - Monthly Star Party Program
News: We added an astronomy webpage! Carlos still has a lot more he wants to add, but so far, so good! Click the button below to jump to the site page.
Astronomy Lovers Gift Shop (for Charity) has been added to our website as "gift shop" in the menu! Items are quality, fun and attractive i.e. space gifts ranging from astronaut socks to posters! Prices have been raised from MSRP, with intent to raise money (100% of the sale price will fund our 3 Charity programs). To view, go to www.rftstars.com/shop
Our telescopes for kids order came in!
"The Future Lies with Today's Children & Tomorrows Space Exploration"
With the help of YOU, we raised nearly $800 and placed a large order of 25 telescopes from Starizona, our sponsor. We are happy to announce that we've already given 7 away, impacting over 20 children/adults. If you would like to help us continue to spread hope and inspire our youth, then this program will touch your heart! Please click the button below to jump to our website donation page.
These scopes are already inspiring children as we speak. And we still have many to go. Kids and adults will be able to look up during hard times, and gain interest in science and space. One child stated that "all they wanted for their birthday was a telescope like their grandpa." With the help of RFTS, her wish was granted and now she can view the sky anytime she wants.
Here are some of the people we gave telescope to in September. Now imagine how much fun a child can have seeing Saturn's rings!
Spreading joy and inspiration is one of our missions and thanks to everyone who donated to the Telescopes for Kids (TFK) program, it's WORKING. This is where your money goes 😊❤️🔭🌠❤️ Spreading smiles and hope across the galaxy.
A fun photo from a fan :)
aSTRO iMAGE OF THE mONTH!
Congratulations Tammi H. Your photo (shown below) brought so much attention and stunned us! What an amazing piece of memorabilia from the Apollo program! We had a handful of entries but this one stood out. Thank you all for participating and don't forget to submit your next image to be featured in our next newsletter!
A sneak peak at where your donations go...
Main Photos by Carlos Aragon