A Day of Giving on May 5th

#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity as an emergency response to the unprecedented need around the world caused by COVID-19.

It’s an opportunity for people to stand together today and use their individual power of generosity and kindness to remain connected, heal, and give to those who are working directly with people most affected by the crisis.

TFI is supporting two organizations with our #GivingTuesdayNow campaign: one program in Uganda and one here in San Francisco. Both organizations are experiencing hardship as a result of the world-wide spread of the corona virus, and the safeguards in place necessary to contain the spread of the disease. These organizations are responding by doing their charitable work in a new way, and TFI would like to help.
Martin de Porres House of Hospitality, a soup kitchen in San Francisco
We have been connected to this soup kitchen in San Francisco since 2009, when we brought His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to share a meal with our local homeless population.
The kitchen normally serves hot food onsite to those in need of a nutritious meal. However, they are currently preparing lunches for pick-up only and for a larger population. For the first time, they have the costs of paper products, utensils, bags, and to-go containers, which is causing a strain on their budget. We would like to raise $5,000 to help them over the next several months.
While the community at Martins misses coming together to share their meals and connect with one another, the shelter in place orders in the Bay Area counties require everyone to socially distance at this time. Your donation will ensure that Martin’s can keep feeding those in need safely during this crisis until they can gather and share their meals together again.
The Dalai Lama serves meals to the homeless at the Martin de Porres House in 2009 before addressing the community.
After serving others, the Dalai Lama sits down to share a meal with Barb and Charlie, the couple who started Martins.
Angels Care School, located inside a refugee center in Uganda
We have partnered with this school for refugee children in Uganda for a number of years. As COVID-19 threatens the area, the school has been forced to close along with roads and trucking companies. The teachers and staff from Angels Care have taken it upon themselves to purchase and deliver packages of food and supplies to families whose children normally attend the school. Basic staples are available, such as bananas, beans, maize flour, and soap, but the costs are high because supplies are limited and deliveries are unpredictable.
Your gifts will go towards keeping this community of some 400 children and family members fed during the current crisis while the families’ ability to earn money has been cut off and food is in short supply. We hope to raise $10,000 to sustain these families at home until they can once again work and attend school again.
To manage and track the donations of aid packages and to ensure every family is counted, even the little ones sign their names upon delivery.
Pastor Godfrey, who started Angels Care School and tends to the local community, is making deliveries of food and supplies to local families with his staff.
Thank you for your kindness to those around the world and around the block!
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