Carpenter’s Shelter October 2015 E-News | Newsletter| Carpenter’s Shelter

October 2015 E-News @ The Shelter

You have provided Carpenter’s clients with the funds to meet their most basic needs. Thank you for supporting our community members.

Over the last 12 months, Carpenter’s supporters have donated $5,000 worth of gift cards to various stores including CVS, Walmart, Target, Amazon—the list goes on. With the gift cards, clients are able to go to the store and purchase items ranging from prescriptions to strollers to work boots. Through the donation of a gift card, you are empowering clients to purchase items themselves and giving them a means to supply their families with their most needed items.

Thank you for providing for our clients and in turn, supporting Carpenter’s Shelter.


Marine Corps Marathon

On October 25th, thousands of runners will line up to take part in the Marine Corps Marathon, and two of the runners will be running for shelter. The runners, Emily and Ryan, will represent Carpenter’s Shelter as they run 26.2 miles.

Not only have Emily and Ryan been training for a marathon, but they have also been soliciting the support of family and friends to sponsor their race. Combined, they have already raised over $2,000 for Carpenter’s!

Emily has been training for the Marine Corps Marathon to continue her family’s tradition of supporting Carpenter’s Shelter. She says, “Members of my family have worked with Carpenter’s Shelter for a long time.  My grandfather, John Fleming, was one of the shelter’s original volunteers when it first got started in the basement of Blessed Sacrament church.  He was a regular volunteer and a strong supporter of the organization until he passed away, and my grandmother, Audrey Fleming, continues that support by providing lunches to the shelter once a month.  I’m excited to be part of this team this year, and continue their support of a great organization.”

When we asked Ryan why he was running for Carpenter’s Shelter, he said, “I am running on behalf of Carpenter’s Shelter because it does great work to help my neighbors. We moved to Alexandria about two years ago, and my wife and I first learned about the shelter through its annual Run for Shelter event. We follow the organization’s activities and do our best to be supportive of its programming. I have been a runner all my life, and I was hoping to run the Marine Corps Marathon this year. I was delighted to learn that there was an opportunity to use the marathon as a way to help Carpenter’s Shelter raise funds for its mission, and I have been thrilled by the interest and generosity of the friends and family who have decided to join me in fundraising for this worthy cause. It’s definitely a team effort, and I am very proud of what we have accomplished together so far.

Visit Emily and Ryan’s fundraising pages to read more about why they are running for Carpenter’s Shelter and sponsor them as they run for shelter!

Go the Extra Mile

Carpenter’s Shelter is proud to host our 5th annual Run for Shelter on November 22nd. Not only can you support Carpenter’s by registering for Run for Shelter, but you can also help us spread the word about the event and our cause by creating your own online fundraising page! Help us educate the community about our work in Alexandria by having your friends and family sponsor you as you race to end homelessness. Setting up a fundraising page is easy—follow the steps listed hereA prize will be given to the top fundraiser at Run for Shelter!

Visit our website to learn more and to register for Run for Shelter.


Fall into Giving was a huge success! You have provided our clients with much needed items. Thank you to the donors that gave everything from baby formula to cleaning supplies.

On Halloween each year, Carpenter’s kids trick-or-treat at the shelter. This means, we need candy! Please contact Kelly McDermott if you are interested in donating.

Join us on October 27th at 6pm for our Community Open House and optional volunteer orientation. Hear from a client, learn about Carpenter’s programs and tour the shelter. Click here for more information.

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