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Christmas at the Homeless Shelter

On Christmas day several families and volunteers came together at the Reno/Sparks Gospel Mission to pass out items to the less fortunate. My family was honored to participate in the event thanks to the Thermal Drive for Homeless we organized a few months ago.

I was moved by how many people requested thermal pants, and I hope I can continue to collect these items for them.

There is a theory called the Hierarchy of Needs by Abraham Maslow, which says that people need to satisfy certain needs to move up in life, job, career, and so on. The most basic needs are physiological: food, shelter, clothing, etc. Once a person meets these basic requirements then one can think about achieving other goals. So, by providing thermal pants, one is helping homeless families meet one their most basic needs so most of them can move up with other objectives.

Thank you to the following people who provided help with donations, support and/or ideas:

Adam Rud

Diana Zunini

AJ Clark

Reno Active 20-30 Club

Alex Martinez

Mayra Lindberg

Russell Lindberg

Lucas Lindberg

Mateo Lindberg

Dawn Martens

Steve Martens

Ben Martens

Tiffany Reeser

Luis Santoni

Lisa Drake


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7 thoughts on “Christmas at the Homeless Shelter

  1. You guys are such wonderful, giving people!
    Katerina has great role models.

  2. Gracias Vane. You guys are a very giving family as well. You are my role model.

  3. Mayra Lindberg on said:

    I told Russell I want to spend next Christmas helping the less fortunate too, and they I thought not just Christmas but all year long ;D
    Thanks for letting us be part of your drive and inspiring so many to serve others. You are amazing!


    La mamá de tu futuro yerno 😛

  4. Laura Rud on said:

    Love your blog. Did you meet your 500 goal? Tammy and I did a fund raiser once to raise money for a bone marrow transplant for her classmate. We enlisted the help of the youth group at church and after setting up the charity account through the IRS we then put posters for the need on every car in every church parking lot in Anchorage and all over. I was so amazed at the amount of checks people mailed to us. We had to raise $7000. to get matching funds of $7000. He did get his bone marrow transplant, but sadly it did not work and he passed away. That was pretty hard on the kids. But it was a great learning experience. I was especially touched with the huge corporate checks. I don’t think people realize at all how much money these big companies give. I would much rather they keep giving it to those in need than let the government take it and squander it on wars and waste and fraud. Keep up the good work!

  5. Hi Laura. That was such a nice thing you guys did for Tammy’s friend. We did not collect 500 as planned but I didn’t have too much time to plan either. I’m hoping to start earlier this time around.

    A group of us raised money for the March of Dimes before, that was a fun experience.

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