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Donate a backpack to Homeless Backpack Challenge



“In 2014 & 2015 The Carlos G Figueroa Foundation  provided backpacks containing specific needed items, clothing & other necessities to 400 people of the homeless, the poor, those in need, and many children.”

From Carlos G. Figueroa Foundation FB page:

“It’s that time of year again, when the cool starts creeping in, our hearts are full of cheer and generosity, and we help those who are in need. For the last two years, we have been serving the homeless population of Tucson by providing backpacks full of necessities for everyday life, especially during the winter. We rely on generous donations from our community to compile these backpacks for our fellow friends on the streets.

So what can you do to help someone in need this holiday season? Well, I’m glad you asked! Here’s the challenge!
Compile a backpack with the supplies listed below and THEN challenge two others to purchase and fill a backpack below. Is your challengee out of town or state, but wants to contribute? Let them sponsor you by giving you the money to do the fun part and fill the backpack!
Please adhere to the list below, and don’t add any extras. By limiting the items to the ones listed, no homeless person receives more items than the other. We don’t want anyone to feel singled out! Any items that are donated that are not listed will be accepted but will be kept separate from the backpack items to be given out separately.

Thank you for your participation! There is power in numbers and we as a people can make a huge impact on our community!

Items for the backpacks:

winter cap
lotion or sunblock
$5 gift card from fast food or a store of your choice
Lip balm
water bottle
(Any items that are not on the list will be accepted but will be handed out separately from the backpacks)

Backpacks must be collected by NOVEMBER 28TH. THANK YOU!!”


Bravo Insurance Solutions, 8710 N Thornydale Rd, Tucson, Az 85742

Green valley Robin’s Nest Styling Salon, 18745 S I 19 Frontage Rd, Green Valley, Az 85614

Saenz and Associates, 425 W Ajo Way, Tucson, Az 85713

Casa Maria Soup Kitchen, 401 E 26th St, Tucson, Az 85713

Micha’s G & M Restaurant 2908 S 4th Avenue, Tucson, Az 85713

Tutuli Studi, 4262 N 1st Ave, Suite 130, Studio 15

Tucson Urban League Angel Family Resource Center, 100 W 37th St, South Tucson, AZ 85713

This year, we are lucky enough to team up with the WORKship Project in the Z Mansion, where our friends are fed a warm meal weekly. For more information on WORKship, please visit www.workship.org.

Also you can also  donate via a Go Fund Me campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/2n8ecs4. $765 raised so far with goal of $1500.

Distribution of the backpacks will be on December 4, 9:30 to 12:30 p.m. at the Z Mansion, 288 N. Church Ave. Tucson. https://www.facebook.com/events/1868481523388588/




The Bright Eyes Project at Monterey Court

Main library photo taken by homeless Larry, camera given to him by Sylvia Sanders

Main library photo taken by homeless Peter, camera given to him by Sylvia Sander

“The Bright Eyes Project Opening Photography Show is a project of Sylvia Sander a local resident and Private Investigator,  and the project is supported by The Carlos G Figueroa Foundation.

Sylvia Sander has given photographic cameras to numerous homeless people.

The goal of The Bright Eyes Project is to promote awareness and compassion for those affected by homelessness and to provide an outlet for them to express themselves through photography.

The Bright Eyes Project Opening Photography Show will be held at Monterey Court Studio galleries and Cafe, 505 W Miracle Mile on July 10th, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.”

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Take up backpack challenge to help the homeless

Homeless Backpack Challenge is a project of The Carlos G Figueroa Foundation in partnership with The Tribe (press release):
Their purpose is to get people to challenge two other people to purchase a backpack and place in it specific items. The items are specific so that no one homeless person receives more than another.
Winter cap
Lotion or sunblock
$5 dollar gift card of choice
Lip balm
Water bottle
Any items not on the list will be accepted but will be handed out separately from the backpacks.
All back packs must be in by December 7th.

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“I Have a Name” art exhibit on homelessness at Hotel Congress

The Carlos G Figueroa Foundation is in full support of The I Have a Name Project Exhibit (press release)
Tucson, AZ-
Give us your eyes and we’ll change how you see. The I Have a Name Project unveils its exhibit of powerful imagery chronically the Homeless at a reception on  October 11th in Tucson, AZ, from 7 to 9 p.m.  The Project’s enduring mission aspires to  create greater understanding for those that call the street home.The I Have Name Project will showcase its photography at the historic Hotel Congress.  This Exhibition will honor the memory of Carlos G Figueroa, a local homeless man that murdered on the streets of Tucson in 2003.  The exhibition opened on September 29 and continues through mid-November.

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Premiere of Tucson Homeless Youth Project film

Homeless Youth Project film – Tucson (from youtube.com)

About 70 people attended the premiere film screening today at Armory Park Center, 220  S. 5th Avenue of the new Homeless Youth Project  film produced by Pan Left Productions and the Carlos G. Figueroa Foundation.  I’ve posted above the URL link to this 30 minute film for viewers to see and share with others. M/C Brian Flagg of Casa Maria Kitchen encouraged everyone present to continue to support the good work done by several agencies in town:

Our Family, Youth on Their Own (YOTO), Tucson Youth Development, Wingspan, Primavera, many of which had tables at this event.  There was also a table with B/W photos entitled “The Forgotten Ones” of homeless individuals/camps taken by Master Photographer Anselmo Rascon, who was present.

Ward 3 Councilmember Karin Uhlich welcomed everyone and said that more needs to be done in helping the poor and homeless in Tucson, that we need to “listen to the poor, homeless” because we are “not doing enough”.

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