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Saturday, December 5, 2020

No Child Sleeps Outside

Thanks to Mary's Place!

"Home is where one starts from"

T.S. Elliot

During the previous year of the COVID lockdown, everyone has experienced a multitude of feelings because they were sequestered to their homes. Locked in with internet, television, heat, food, and family. Bringing life back into perspective... many people do not have homes. Many kids will be sleeping on the streets this Christmas. It's hard to imagine.

A year and a half ago my husband I were moving into our little cabin on the lake. No room for our stuff. I began searching for a location that would best benefit. I found a place---Mary's Place---that became the recipient of my business attire, coats, shoes, and clothing that could be warn for an interview, to help give someone a start. Then there was furniture, dishes, and more. We gave them anything they could use. Today Mary's place is striving to ensure no child sleeps outside.

Mary's Place is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides safe, inclusive shelter and services that support women, children and families on their journey out of homelessness. This Holiday Season, Mary's Place is conducting a no child sleeps outside campaign, in the form of an at-home scavenger hunt, to reach a 2 million dollar goal. 

Giving the Gift 
that Gives So Very Much! 

Christmas gifts for family and friends this year will be a $50 registration into a scavenger hunt to benefit Mary's Place in order to help a family find shelter. This will be a gift that can't be exchanged or thrown away. Recipients can participate in the scavenger hunt and try to win the great prizes below, or not. Either way Mary's place will be one step closer to their goal, and tomorrow night we might have one less child on the street. 


All you need is your phone, an internet connection, your team (family members or friends), and your home to join their virtual home scavenger hunt the weekend of Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13. The interactive app will present you and your teammates with a series of challenges and questions. It's the perfect at-home activity for families and curious kids, and an opportunity to learn and talk with your family about the work that Mary's Place does in our community. The cost to register your team is $50 and benefits the No Child Sleeps Outside campaign! 

You can do what I am doing, 
and gift a registration to a loved one
and make a Miracle Happen

The organizer of each team that completes the challenge by midnight on Sunday, December 13, will have the opportunity to win one of these exciting prizes, including two round trip coach tickets on Alaska Airlines (a $2,500 value)!

Other prizes include:

$250 Microsoft gift card
$50 Macrina Bakery gift card (three gift cards are available to win)
Party Cookie Kit from the Pastry Project (two kits are available to win)
$25 El Camino restaurant gift card
$25 South Town Pie gift card
$20 Starbucks gift card
Mary's Place sweatshirt
Hand blown glass votive from Glass Eye Studios

Tis the Season 
to give shelter to those in need.

This Christmas, instead of buying stuff, imagine if we all gave a helping hand. Be the angel in the life of another. 

If you would like to register yourself or someone else:

If you would like to donate:

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene 

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