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Bakersfield Homeless Center
By: Judy Ardray 661/322-9199


No-sale t-shirt sale nets $1,000 for Homeless Quarters

What would you do if you planned a fundraiser and nobody came? Every non-profit's nightmare turned out to be a dream come true for Homeless Quarters, a local not-for-profit organization dedicated to collecting funds to help homeless people get into their own homes.

"We were planning to have a t-shirt sale to raise money for Homeless Quarters" said Russ Travis, founder and Board President for Homeless Quarters, "when a community member offered to give us $1,000 and asked that we give the shirts instead to homeless people. It turned out to be a win-win-win situation: it saved us the trouble of having the sale; the t-shirts are going to people who can really use them; and we have $1,000 more that can be used to get homeless people back into homes." Travis said that the last t-shirt sale netted between $500 and $600, so the no-sale t-shirt sale almost doubled the money raised.

Homeless Quarters will distribute the 300 - 400 t-shirts that would have been up for sale to homeless kids and adults at the Bakersfield Homeless Center (BHC) at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, January 12, 2005.

"The sale was so successful, we may do it again next year," said Travis.

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