Donations: We’ve been getting donations, mostly from friends and family, but it will cover our requests for the time being. I’ve set up an Amazon Wishlist with ideas for items we’ll need for care packs. If there’s something you’d like to give that’s not on the list, or you can’t quite manage the bulk packs I have listed, send an email to TransForTheHolidays@gmail.com and I’ll help you get something to us. I have tried to select companies that have shown support for the LGBT community in general and trans people in particular. Many of the products are Procter & Gamble, the parent company behind Secret. We’re also planning to get products we don’t get from Amazon primarily at Target, as they’ve chosen to stand by our community despite boycotts and backlash.
Ask for Help: We’ve gotten a few responses, which has been awesome. We’re going to be getting our first few care packs together and out this week. If you need help, please fill out the brief survey and we’ll be happy to do what we can to help you out. If there’s something in particular that you need or are having trouble getting, let us know and we’ll do our best. For those of you that have already asked for help: I just want you to know that I know how hard it can be to ask for help and I think you’re the bravest people on the planet. You’re loved.
Signal Boost: Keep sharing the message! So far it’s mostly been friends or friends of friends, but I’m starting to see people looking from all over, so I know the word’s getting out. Help me help people this holiday season. Keep posting, and using #TransForTheHolidays to get the signal out. Set your post to public on social media so everyone can share it. We’ve been talking with a big non-profit that has experience executing these types of projects in hopes of a partnership and possible expansion into a year-round program. I’m looking forward to being able to share that news with you when we know more.
The main page for the project is here: #TransForTheHolidays, but I link back to these updates, too.