RFTS Arizona Nonprofit (fully approved) has provided over 21,546 meals to families & the homeless community in Vail & the surrounding areas during November alone! This includes providing nearly 100 thanksgiving food bags to families & homeless individuals in-need (with the help of volunteers & help of St. Rita's Church in the Desert!). 🦃
The majority of RFTS clients pick up their food from our home via appointment, however there are some clients that are considered homebound. This is case-by-case, but it does happen. One of the reasons people have food insecurity is due to not being able to actually access food: meaning no transportation (friends or family), a severe illness, or they are not within walking distance or near a bus route.
Over Thanksgiving RFTS was blessed with 7 kind volunteers who delivered food bags and turkeys to these individuals. 19 homebound individuals received a Thanksgiving meal (some also received pet food) that otherwise would not have had a meal. Each one of you is appreciated!
“Without you I wouldn't have a Thanksgiving or food for my fur babies. I haven’t had a Thanksgiving in a long time because I was homeless and struggling to take care of me and the kids. So believe me when I say you are a blessing and the stars thing you do is so cool! Again thank you! You are angel’s” (Client, with 2 beautiful dogs)
Stars For Meals
Every $0.90 will pay for an entire MEAL for an individual and we serve over 13,000 meals/month on average (using private donations, purchases and local donations). Every $1 helps tremendously as this is our largest and fastest growing need. This month we raised $2,143 (that’s almost 2,381 meals). To give to this program please go to the bottom to donate. Your Initials will be placed on our "Star Wall" that watches over our food supply!
We are both so shocked by the community support. Everyday we think "How are we going to keep up?" and then we get a donation through Amazon, or a email saying "we have a donation" or someone offers support. YOU ARE ALL SO AMAZING! Thank you so much for your kindness, generosity, time, money, and food. These individuals you are helping, ARE TRULY GRATEFUL! Even telescopes get donated to us and we get to pay it forward! It's amazing.
Are we welcoming?
RFTS has received over 100 blankets! (and more coming in)!! 83 of those have been distributed to individuals sleeping under the stars. Just wow!
This month RFTS raised $30 ($5 of that was given by a sweet 3 year old!) towards a solar panel for a homeless group that has to charge their phones at Walmart. Their story touched our heart. They are living on a women’s property (approved) and have a camp set up. However they have no way of using electricity, so they use solar panels, but they only had 2 to charge phones, lamps, grills etc. So they go to a nearby Walmart to charge their battery packs every day and it's a couple mile hike, but they say some of the employees are not so welcoming. Another homeless man says the same thing (about the community not being so "welcoming").
"The only place that will allow us to go inside to charge anything is McDonalds. People and businesses are not always inviting, especially with COVID.” (Homeless soul, who still needs to live)
If anyone has any flashlights or solar panels to donate, please reach out, they are in high demand.
Thank you St Rita's Team!! - RFTS Team
Here are some of the families who received a basket of thanksgiving food!
#3 - Monthly Star Party Program
“I've always been curious about space but since I met you guys I look up a-lot more with amazement. Last night I just couldn't stop staring at the moon. It was just so beautiful.” (Client)
This month RFTS hosted our very first Star Party with the Vail Coffee Stop! It was cloudy and pouring rain at first, but don't underestimate the Arizona weather. It cleared up and ended up being a wonderful event. There were about 50 attendees (intermittently), and we raised $135 towards RFTS charity programs and collected over 28 lbs of non-perishable food & hygiene.
A huge thank you to everyone who donated money and goods to us. It was so much fun to team up with the Vail Coffee Stop and meet with all of you!
RFTS is proud to announce its partnership with Vail Coffee Stop. RFTS will be hosting its next Star Party on 4Dec2020 at 5:30pm between the Tracks in Vail at the Vail Coffee Stop. Just type it into google maps!
"The Future Lies with Today's Youth & Tomorrows Space Exploration"
With the help of YOU we raised (to date) $900. In November RFTS gifted 2 telescopes- impacting an autistic child with a beautiful soul & a brilliant mind, as well as a mother with 3 children. In total RFTS has gifted 9 families with telescopes impacting 35 children and 17 adults.
If you would like to help us continue to spread hope and inspire our youth, then this program is for you! Please click the button below to jump to our website donation page.
Here are some of the wonderful people we gifted a telescope to. Now imagine how much fun a child (and adult) can have seeing Saturn's rings or Jupiter's moons!
Spreading joy and inspiration is one of our missions and thanks to everyone who donates to the Amplified Silence (AS) telescope program, it's WORKING. Spreading smiles and hope across the galaxy.
"There is no other place in the world like RFTS. I can't thank you enough. Never would I have been able to get a telescope for my son before Christmas, especially for free. Bless your hearts!" - Telescope parent winner
ASTRO IMAGE OF THE MONTH!
Congratulations Jaydee! Your photo (shown below) is all around creativity. Jaydee won the picture of the month! He is a freshman in High School and a straight-A student. Jaydee is always asking to volunteer his time, kind heart and kindness to the community. When we received this picture, we immediately saw creativity, love and space. All of which Reach For The Stars was built upon.
Check out the other pictures below, to see some other fun entries! And thank you all for participating and don't forget to submit your image to be featured in our next newsletter & to win a prize!
Other Monthly Image entries...
Main Photos by Carlos Aragon