Jan 6, 2021

Update: School Supplies to Homeless Students in Salinas, CA

Dear Donor,

In the midst of a pandemic and as wildfires continued to ravage California through September 2020, many struggling families still identified assistance with getting their children prepared for school and at-home learning as one of their top needs. In response, Can’d Aid partnered with the Salinas City Elementary School District (SCESD) to gauge how to best assist students within the Salinas community. After learning that 40% of elementary-aged students in Salinas are homeless it was determined that homeless students within SCESD’s Family Resource Center would benefit most greatly from assistance with supplies. 

Can’d Aid rapidly sourced, assembled and shipped a large order of supplies requested by the Family Resource Center, and within just two weeks fulfilled each of the requested items below:

  • composition notebooks (200)
  • pencils (500)
  • note cards (to write notes of encouragement to parents) (200 boxes of 8-10 cards) not index cards
  • glue sticks (500)
  • blue pens (200)
  • calculators (simple small ones), (200)
  • small pencil cases/bags (200) 
  • Crayons (300)
  • Markers (300)
  • colored pencils, (200)
  • coloring books, (400)

By mid-October, the supplies were loaded into backpacks and distributed to homeless children in the Salinas City Elementary School District. According to Homeless Liasion Cheryl Camany, the donation of school supplies will “help ensure success and continuity in [homeless students’] educational process.”

It's because of donations like yours that Can'd Aid is able to support organizations like Family Resource Center and get necessary supplies for homeless students in Salinas, CA.

Thank you,

Sara Hannafin
Director of Engagement

Dec 29, 2020

Hurricane Harvery Treads & Trails Final Report

Since 2017, Can’d Aid has had a continued presence in Texas, providing a holistic approach to disaster response and recovery, based on community requests and needs.

When Hurricane Harvey struck, Can’d Aid partnered with several on the ground organizations, HEB, Catholic Charities and All Hands and Hearts, to donate and distribute 250,000 cans of drinking water to homeowners, small businesses and first responders in Houston, Corpus Christi and Beaumont, Texas. Concurrently, we partnered with All Hands and Hearts to help disaster-stricken individuals muck and gut homes by supplying several Can’d Aid volunteer teams. Can’d Aid worked with All Hands and Hearts to host an inclusive community dinner party to help lift up the community. The feedback from homeowners and small business owners in the region who attended was overwhelmingly positive as the party provided an opportunity for people to come together and gain strength from one another. Just one evening of “normalcy” had a positive impact and reminded those affected by disaster that kindness and connectivity is essential for human beings to thrive.

In 2019, Can’d Aid initiated new programming to help continue recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey. While two years in, many communities were still struggling to recover.

Natural disasters cause community-wide trauma that have lasting impact on residents long after the rains subside, the wind settles, and the media trucks move on. For children, these events are even more devastating and frightening. Many children develop serious symptoms of anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Getting back to a regular routine in safe and familiar schools can help children struggling with the aftereffects of natural disasters. The work required to repair schools and ready them for students’ re-entry is costly and challenging after disasters, especially given their already taxed budgets.

We are grateful for our partners and donors who helped fuel over 500 volunteer hours. Volunteers came together to build and donate over 500 bikes and skateboards for grade 1st and 3rd graders, 4 schools received brand new instruments with accompanying in-person or virtual workshops/lessons from nationally touring professional musicians, and volunteers cleaned up 2 rivers, damaged from Hurricane Harvey. Thank you GlobalGiving, Good360, Airbnb and hundreds of individual donors.


Nov 20, 2020

Continued Water Shipments to the Navajo Nation

COVID continues to spike throughout Navajo Nation, with cases exceeding the alarming numbers set back in May with over 13,744 current cases. 55 communities have been identified, within Navajo Nation, with the uncontrolled spreading of COVID. Tuba City is one of those communities with a recent count of 1,443 positive cases.

In partnership with Rio Tinto, Oskar Blues Brewery, and the giving community of GlobalGiving, Can’d Aid has shipped and distributed 50,400 cans of clean drinking water to Tuba City. Families were able to pick up cases of water at the Western Navajo Nation Fairgrounds.

From the onset of COVID and upon learning of the tremendous need, Can'd Aid began providing canned drinking water to Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe. To date, Can’d Aid has sent over 230,000 cans of water to the region. We are currently assessing ways in which we can partner with other organizations, to identify and provide more permanent solutions to support the people of the Navajo Nation on a long-term basis.

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