Helping hands, together, safely with gloves.

3B Bag Packing

During the COVID19 pandemic we have had less of an opportunity to create bag packing events at schools. This means we have been doing more bag packing on our own as a family which is always fun to do, but it also means we are looking for ways to ensure schools and other youth organizations can still be involved.

We are grateful for the Delaware Girl Scout Troop #537 for taking the initiative to host a parking lot bag packing event with their group. We were happy to provide supplies and hope to Zoom Braeden in for an inspirational talk and a thank you to the group.

If your school or youth group would like to do a service project with 3B Brae’s Brown Bags it might still be possible. Our addressless friends and neighbors are still in need, perhaps now more than ever, and your help is priceless. Please feel free to reach out using our contact form so we can find the best way to continue working together to end hunger.

We are more powerful together words written in black and red.
We are more powerful together.

Braeden speaks prior to an inaugural virtual ball

Braeden Mannering had an opportunity to speak to a group of people who support Boston Community Fridges to help with hunger relief in the Boston Area before their virtual inaugural celebration on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

Each person we see in our lives has value. They are someone’s son, someone’s daughter, whether they have a roof over their head or not. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris understand this, they see the value in every person and they seek for equity, they seek to show all of us that we belong. 

Braeden Mannering, 1/20/2021

Boston Area Community Fridges
These outdoor fridges, often built under a roof alongside some pantry shelves, are typically monitored and stocked by volunteers, filled with everything from fresh produce to canned goods and sometimes even toiletries and other non-food household essentials.

Find your local fridge:
boston.eater.com/maps/community-fridges-boston

food donation box

Virtual Inaugural Ball

A friend of ours, Rachael Dubinsky, is hosting a virtual inaugural ball as we celebrate President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris during their swearing in ceremony. Her event is also an effort to raise funds for community fridges in the Boston Area.

These fridges are stocked with food items by volunteers in a community. Folks in need of noursihment can go to the fridge and take what they need, no questions asked. We love this concept and are thrilled for the opportunity to offer support and be a part of the event. 

It is exciting to share that Braeden will be giving a brief talk at the beginning of this event tomorrow evening. For those of you interested in supporting Boston Area Community Fridges, you can donate to receive a link to this Virtual Inaugural Ball event. 

Click through to the event below for more information.

December 1st is Giving Tuesday

Tomorrow is GivingTuesday, the motto for the day is “Everyone has something to give, and every act of generosity counts.” This is so true!

GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past nine years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

Whether you choose to donate money to your favorite charity or you choose to give your time by volunteering, the point is to choose kindness always. If you are able to give to 3B Brae’s Brown Bags this year, please know 100% of donations go to our mission. 3B provides homeless and low-income populations with access to healthy foods, clean water, and contact information for additional services that can aid them. Brae’s ongoing mission is not only to feed people today but to raise awareness about the problems associated with food insecurity. Through 3B we hope to help empower and inspire youth across the nation to become part of the solution.

Online donors will receive an automatic receipt via email from PayPal thanks to their Charity platform. The receipt you receive will list Brae’s Brown Bags Donation as the item.

You can also donate through Guidestar where our organization has a platinum rating. Or you can donate using the “donate” button via Facebook.com or hosting your own fundraiser through Facebook.

Not only do we need your support, we need your help to spread the word. Share with those who you know support our mission. As always, we thank you for your commitment to 3B and thank you for your support of hunger relief, we could not do this without you!

Our EIN is 46-4307237. Your contribution is tax deductible.

Braeden Mannering packing 3B bags of healthy food for those in need on Thanksgiving 2020.

Spark Change & Stay Protected

This summer we were planning on hosting our 6th (newly) Bi-Annual Summer Celebration. Due to the global pandemic and wanting to ensure the safety of our guests and volunteers we chose to cancel the event. Our theme this year was “Spark Change.”

We can spark positive change now. Today. Tomorrow. And beyond.

Since we cannot be together, we thought we’d offer a way to celebrate virtually! Here’s our plan, if you’d like to be part of a 6th Bi-Annual Summer Celebration then send us a photo of yourself wearing a facemask. At the end of August, we will put together a fun animated montage of all your protected faces!

3B Spark Change Face Mask

To participate in our fundraiser, order a 3B face mask from Custom Ink here: https://www.customink.com/fundraising/braes-brown-bags

Thank you to all of our supporters, stay safe out there!

Spark Change

This summer we had plans to hold a 3B Summer Celebration. Our initial planning phases began prior to the coronavirus pandemic hitting the globe. And while we are hopeful that things will continue to improve as Delaware reopens in phases, there is still a great deal of information we do not know and cannot predict.

At this time, we are sad to share that we do not have a location at which we can host our celebration. In part, this is due to the number of people our events can potentially bring to one place in a short period of time. It is also understandable that locations for group events will ask organizations to have special event insurance.

Additionally, we’re not comfortable asking for event sponsorship from the local community and companies during this unprecedented time. We would rather your generous donations go to direct assistance of organizations who can immediately help those in need.

Examples of where we encourage you to donate right now are the Food Bank of Delaware, Friendship House, the Sunday Breakfast Mission, the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund, and United Way of Delaware.

6fd5270332c5b02687bd8c7f74877d26Now, the theme of our event was going to be “Spark Change.”

We still want you to embrace this theme. We must spark change and it must happen now. For those of you old enough to vote, please make sure you vote locally and nationally. For those of you not old enough to vote, please make sure you encourage the adults in your life to make sure they exercise that right. It is not only our responsibility as adults to vote in elections, but it is our obligation and we must take it seriously. We are seeing millions of people protesting, making their voice and their presence be heard. It’s an inspiring thing to see and we need to see the same numbers at the polls.

Be the spark that ignites the change we need to see in the world. You can do it. You are the ember. You are the light. No one else can do what you can do. And when we stand together, we can pave a path so bright that every dark corner is blinded by our unified strength.

Spark change.

It is overwhelming to see so many who are lost, but if we let our sparks shine then we can help them find the way. Sometimes the lost are scared, they are hurting, but we can dare to help them heal. We do not need to host a community event to make this happen.

We can spark change now. Today. Tomorrow. And beyond.

 

Braeden Mannering delivers talk to Youth Heroes Outreach Program

On June 11, 2020 the National Liberty Museum held a virtual celebration to recognize the students and schools who participated in the 2019-2020 Youth Heros Outreach Program. Braeden Mannering, founder of 3B Brae’s Brown Bags, delivered the keynote talk followed up by a Q&A session.

To the young heroes…

Your interest in wanting to learn more about social justice is something I wish we could bottle up, pour into the clouds, and then make it rain down onto the world. Beyond your desire to learn, is your passion for activating change and it is that characteristic that sets you apart and makes you extraordinary.

The Youth Heroes Outreach Program empowers students to speak up and take action against social injustices. Each year we are amazed at the number of participants and their passionate responses to important topics like gun violence, bullying, human trafficking, and homelessness to name a few.

Join us on Ag Day

UPDATE: This event has been canceled for 2020, we hope to see you in April 2021.

We will have a table at the University of Delaware’s Ag Day event this year. The event is always the last Saturday in April, which means this year it is April 25, 2020.

Ag Day is a family-friendly event free for the community to attend. We plan to have takeaways for kids, parents, and teachers! You can learn more about what we do and how to get involved.

Plus, the theme this year is Committed to Conservation. Kids can participate in a scavenger hunt to learn more about animals that are endangered around the world.

Stop by at the University of Delaware’s South Campus at 531 South College Avenue in Newark, Delaware. Parking is free.

To find out more check their Ag Day website.

Ag Day 2020

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020

Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

University of Delaware
Townsend Hall
Newark, DE 19716
(302) 831-2501

Time to start thinking about our 6th Bi-Annual Summer Celebration

As you know, we took a reprieve from the 3B Summer Celebration in 2019, because we hosted our 3rd Bi-Annual Kids’ Hunger Conference. So now it’s 2020 and it’s time to think about the next big celebration!

Our theme this year will be “Spark Change.”

The event will be held during the afternoon of Saturday, August 29, 2020.

If you are interested in sponsoring or helping out with the event please fill out this form and we will make sure to keep you posted as we iron out the details.

We would also like to share our 2019 Annual Report, which you can download and read at the following link.

2019- 3B Brae’s Brown Bags Annual Report (pdf)

The winter months are nearing

An emergency sanctuary opens as temperatures fall below 32 degrees, when resources are available, in Delaware and across the country. Depending on your locations the alert is called something like “Code Purple” which is what we call it in Delaware. Other states may refer to this system as “Code Blue.” The sanctuary opens at 6 p.m. and closes at 6 a.m. which means our addressless neighbors have a place to sleep when the temperatures typically drop to their lowest point. However, during the day there are still few places available to get out of the bitter cold.

Brae’s Brown Bags provides “go-bags” to the patrons who stay overnight at emergency sancutaries. In addition to healthy food, we add winter weather clothing and hand warmers knowing that the person receiving the bag might not have shelter again until 6 p.m. the next day. If the temperatures are above 32 degrees, they may not have shelter at all.

If you see someone in need, please let them know where they can seek help. Not all homeless individuals prefer going to shelters, but an emergency sanctuary is temporary relief from the cold. If someone refuses to come in out of the cold, we provide socks, hats, scarves and gloves to help them retain as much body heat as possible. Our bodies create heat by metabolizing food and water, for our addressless friends this is a challenge as they do not always know where their next meal will come from.

Recognizing Cold-Related Emergencies:
• Moderate hypothermia – [core body temperature 82° F-90° F (28° C-32° C)]
• Severe hypothermia – [core body temperature < 82° F (< 28° C)]
• Shivering is lost and cooling is rapid.
• Hypoventilation, respiratory acidosis, hypoxemia, aspiration pneumonia,
atelectasis progress to apnea, and adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
• Pancreatitis, gastric erosions
• Hyperkalemia, hyperglycemia, lactic acidosis
• Rigidity progresses to rhabdomyolysis
• Hemoconcentration, hypercoagulability progress to disseminated intravascular coagulation, and bleeding
• Hyporeflexia, agitation, hallucination, dilated pupils progress to areflexia, coma, absent pupil responses
• Arrhythmia

For additional resources and locations of shelters or sanctuaries, Dial 2-1-1.
or text your Zip Code to 898-211.

Looking forward…

As you know, Braeden is always looking to enhance the kindness we see in the world. He has mentioned that it would be nice if locations were able to offer a place to wash up and clean laundry. If you know of a way we can initiate this idea please leave a comment below.