The members of G.O.A.D. collected and donated a total of 240 pairs of shoes to the KTT ministry as of August 11, 2022. This is the 2nd year that G.O.A.D. participated in this outreach effort. This year we surpassed our February 2021 donation of 218 pairs of shoes and goal of collecting 100 pairs of shoes for the 2022 event.
The KTT partnered with Funds2Orgs Network to collect the shoes. Funds2Orgs Network will distribute them to underserved countries where walking is the primary way of traveling. Some of the countries include Africa, Haiti, Jamaica, Bahamas, Jerusalem, and Australia. In exchange for the shoes, Funds 2Orgs Network will provide KTT with funds based on the total weight of the donation.
G.O.A.D. partnered with KTT for this outreach project because our visions align by looking at ways to help as many people as possible.
We would like to thank our project leaders, Dyone Mitchell and Pat Nabinett, all of our generous G.O.A.D. members, Charlie Mitchell, husband of Dyone and avid supporter for helping to transport the shoes, and our family and friends who donated shoes for this worthy cause. Lastly, we thank the KTT Ministry for selecting G.O.A.D. to partner with them again.
Please enjoy the pictures below from our collection efforts. Pictured from left to right (1) G.O.A.D. members Dyone Mitchell and Pat Nabinett; (2) Pat with KTT Rev. Gerald Robinsonl (3) KTT Coordinator, Bridgett Brown; and (4) collection of shoes.
You can always support G.O.A.D. by donating via our secure website, givingothersadream.org, or mailing your donation to Giving Others A Dream, P. O. Box 1605, Clinton, Maryland 20735. Help us make a difference, one dream at a time.
On April 28-29, 2022, G.O.A.D. partnered with the Vera Bradley (VB) Store located in the Tanger Outlets (TO) Shopping Center in National Harbor, MD for a Pre-Mother’s Day Fundraiser. In addition to having members set up inside of the store, we were able to obtain space and set up outside on the grounds of the TO property.
This was G.O.A.D.’s first opportunity to hold an event since Pre-COVID. Many of our G.O.A.D. members were present to share information about G.O.A.D, greet VB store customers, and invite persons strolling the TO grounds to shop at VB to support our cause. There were also opportunities to speak with parents about our scholarship, college care packages, various outreach efforts, and distribute brochures and business cards. In addition, we distributed over 300 packages of LED lightbulbs and floodlights which were provided through our partnership with Megalight/PEPCO (Potomac Electric Company) on both days.
The results of the 2 half days spent at this event resulted in 10% of sales donated from VB which amounted to $497.51 plus additional donations of $25 from customers.
G.O.A.D. would like to thank Richard Cevallo, VB Store Manager; Carrie Egerton, TO Marketing Director; and everyone who came out to support G.O.A.D in this endeavor. It was an excellent opportunity for us to be in the community and share our G.O.A.D. mission, values, and goals.
This past Christmas season, G.O.A.D. was very excited to support the senior citizens of Maryland. We all know, that the country and the world, have been devastated by the impacts of COVID on all populations and groups. No group has been harder hit than Seniors. The loss, loneliness and hardships are the subject of many reports. So, on Dec. 13, 2021, G.O.A.D. / the Outreach Committee (Ms. Lawan Robinson and Ms. Kim Frazier), delivered 20 Christmas gift bags to Ms. Cherelle Silue, the Program Coordinator at the Glenarden Housing Authority (GHA).
The bags included: warm fuzzy socks, hand lotion, chocolate candy, decorative cups, Christmas themed kitchen linen (2 pieces), shower fizzies, Christmas notepads and pens, mini poinsettias, glitter photo frame, gloves, lip balm and jingle bell ink pens. The men received some additional items, e.g., dress and casual socks, checkers games, wallets, and Santa ornaments.
The gift bags were delivered to GHA’s seniors on or around Christmas day. This was a wonderful way for Outreach to wrap up its 2021 program and budget year.
For the 2nd consecutive year Santa’s #1 helper, Andre Witt donated toys to G.O.A.D. to distribute for the Christmas holidays. Mr. Witt’s generosity contained 88 toys which were valued at $1266.18.
The age range for the toys is 3 months to adult. They were distributed to 3 families, Gloria Brice, Maria Granberry, and Sandra Norris and the Rainbow Community Development Center located in Silver Spring, Maryland.
G.O.A.D. Treasurer, Melanese Wynn coordinated this effort along with President, Pat Nabinett to ensure that the process of documenting and delivering the toys was completed before Christmas Eve.
We sincerely appreciate Mr. Witt’s commitment to working with G.O.A.D. to provide outreach efforts to families in the DMV areas.
You can help G.O.A.D. with future holiday toy distributions by identifying children/families in need of clothing, toys, and other essential items.
This Christmas, G.O.A.D. is supporting the community through donations for Toys 4 Tots in Prince George’s County. The basic mission of the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program is to collect new unwrapped toys and distribute those toys to less fortunate children at Christmas.
The Outreach Committee shopped and prepared for the delivery of 85 Toys for boys and girls which were Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (S.T.E.A.M.), a creative and activity-based educational approach that uses the categories mentioned as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The age group covered was 3 to 15.
Some of the toys included: remote control dragons, cyber t-rex, sky wheels, and drones, mini drum sets, drum mats, guitars, stuffed animals, jewelry making kits, dolls, baseball bats and balls, goo mix, voice changer machines, slap ninja games, Spiderman motorbikes, etc.
Prince George’s County Police Department (PGCPD) served as the drop-off and in some cases, distribution locations for Toys 4 Tots. The Outreach Committee scheduled two toy donation drop-offs at the Police Department in Palmer Park, MD. Outreach coordinated the two deliveries with PFC Catherine Santos and Corporal Jaron Black.
G.O.A.D. looks forward to continuing to work with community partners like Toys 4 Tots, PGCPD, and others.
In the photo gallery below are pictures of (1) Outreach Committee Chair, Kim Frazier with some of the donated toys; (2) additional pics of the toys purchased; (3) toys prepped for delivery to PGCPDs; (4) PFC Santos and Kim Frazier at the delivery center; (5) Corporal Jaron Black, PGCPD; and (6) Kim with PGCPD officers representing the Toys 4 Tots program.
On Sunday, September 12th, President Pat Nabinett and Vice President Dyone Mitchell presented 174 new and gently used purses and over 300 unused toiletry and personal hygiene items to Deaconess Beverly Inman for their Purse and Toiletry Drive at Fort Foote Baptist Church in Ft. Washington, Maryland.
Items were donated by G.O.A.D. members along with their friends and family members and all proceeds went towards empowering women in the following 5 transitional housing and domestic violence shelters.
Shepherd’s Cove/United Communities
Harriett Tubman Women’s Shelter
Center for Abused Persons
Arc of Southern Maryland
Although the deadline for G.O.A.D.’s donation was September 11th, folks continued to donate items. We continued to collect the items for the church whose deadline was September 30th.
This drive was a huge success and G.O.A.D. would like to thank everyone who donated to this worthy cause initiated by Ft. Foote Baptist Church.
On Saturday, September 4, 2021, G.O.A.D. members were on site at the Glenarden Housing Complex in Glenarden, Md. to host a Back-to-School Bookbag and Coat Giveaway for the children in the community. Pat Nabinett, Dyone Mitchell, Lawan Robinson, and Kim Frazier of G.O.A.D. were present for this on-site community activity. Both G.O.A.D. members and the Glenarden Housing Authority (GHA) staff took appropriate protection precautions due to COVID.
An estimated 50 children and their family members showed up for the event. It was so exciting to see the children select their backpacks and coats and then light up as they put them on, especially when they found the perfect fit. G.O.A.D. members clapped, took photos, and thanked the residents for stopping by for the drive.
The GHA manager, Ms. Cherelle Silue, along with Minister Nikki Pearson were there to host and sponsor the event and provided gift bags and refreshments to the residents and members. Ms. Alexis Solis, a candidate for Glenarden City Council, stopped by to talk with our members and to show support and appreciation for the community event. G.O.A.D. hopes to continue to partner with GHA in the future and to continue to reach and support communities like Glenarden as part of their mission and vocation.
Many thanks to Ms. Silue and Minister Pearson for making this event happen and for being such wonderful hosts.
G.O.A.D. continues to expand its outreach efforts, by partnering with other nonprofits to reach its constituent populations.This month, a request was received by the organization, So Others Might Eat (S.O.M.E.), to help their clients (primarily the homeless) survive the DC summer heatwave. The homeless are particularly at high risk for heat exhaustion, heatstroke, sunburn, and dehydration. G.O.A.D.’s Outreach Committee accepted the task and its members immediately started shopping for water bottles. The thought of anyone, especially our most vulnerable populations, unable to have access to water during D.C.’s scorching 90-100 degree days was unimaginable and served as strong motivation to expedite the group’s search for water bottles. The committee members pictured below counted, sorted, and packed water bottles to be delivered to S.O.M.E. On Friday, July 17th, the Outreach Committee delivered over 100 water bottles to the donation coordinator at S.O.M.E., located at Seventy-One O Street N.W. We are hopeful that G.O.A.D.’s effort will help bring some critical relief to D.C.s homeless populations.
Pictured above from left to right, Kim Frazier, Dyone Mitchell, and Roberta Coates along with the donated water bottles.
On Tuesday, May 4, 2021, the Outreach Committee delivered 60 bras, 256 sanitary napkins, and various other toiletry items to the "I Support the Girls Organization" (SG) at their Distribution Center in Rockville Maryland. SG organization collects and distributes essential items, including bras, underwear, and menstrual products to meet the hygiene needs of women in the DMV experiencing homelessness, impoverishment, abuse, or distress.
This is the second year that G.O.A.D. has informally partnered with SG to meet each organization's similar missions. This year, the Outreach Committee purchased 95% of the $220 donated items. These items will potentially support 150 women facing these challenges across the DMV. At least 38% of all domestic violence victims become homeless at some point in their lives and that the COVID crisis has exacerbated the problems experienced by this group, you can understand why G.O.A.D. sees this as an important demographic to support, as part of its overall mission.
Pictured above at SG Distribution Center, is Christiana Littrell, SA Administrative Manager and Marketing Associate, and on the right, Kim Frazier, G.O.A.D.'s Outreach Chairwoman.
G.O.A.D. recently supported the Pickeral family of Clinton, MD, who lost all of their possessions in a house fire this past March. The family consists of Tamica Pickeral, a mother of 3; a grandmother; and 1 grandchild. The fire displaced a total of 16 individuals, including the Pickeral family.
G.O.A.D. President, Pat Nabinett met with Ms. Pickeral on 3 separate occasions to deliver a total of $2,050 ($700 in gift cards and $1,350 in checks).
The Pickeral family was extremely grateful to G.O.A.D. and those who reached out to help during their unfortunate loss. A huge thank you to those who made donations to the Pickeral family through our outreach efforts. You will be pleased to know that thanks to your generosity, Ms. Pickeral has found a home that her family will be moving into in June.
We wish the Pickeral family peace and blessings as they begin a new chapter in their lives.
Once again, COVID-19 impacted our year. However, we are still committed to making a difference. Below are a few of the ways in which we have made an impact in our community so far this year.
Please consider donating to this worthy cause.