Happy New Year – 2016 will be awesome

We’re almost a week into the New Year and things are already going well. We really have some of the best helpers and supporters. I hope all of you had a great holiday. We did. I got some new games for my computer that I really like and some new clothes. My Mom made some really yummy cookies, like a lot of chocolate chip cookies! And we got to see all our family even by Uncle Greg and Aunt Kristin came home from Texas and Michigan.

Me with my brother, sister and Mom on Christmas Eve at Calvary Baptist

On Christmas Eve my family and I brought our 3B bags to Calvary Baptist Church in Newark. They opened their doors for the night so homeless patrons could spend the night there if needed. When we got there to drop off our bags and a generous supply of handmade warm winter clothing we were amazed by all the donations they had from other community members. You guys are all so awesome!

codepurpleThe temperatures have dropped now in January and two code purple nights were called so far. We were able to supply bags for the patrons who attended the code purples in Newark, Delaware. Along with the healthy snacks supplied we were also able to supply socks and handwarmers in every bag! We want to thank the Friendship House, the Newark United Methodist Church and the NewArk UCC and all of their selfless volunteers who were able to organize these nights when the temperatures dropped.

Everyone across the nation can call 2-1-1 if they ever need support or information about where they can seek shelter. Please if you see someone on the street in need, especially when it’s freezing out, call 2-1-1 for them and see where they can go for help.

Circle of Friends home daycare packing bags

My Gram has a daycare called Circle of Friends and the kids who go there are like family. Their parents were happy to have their kids participate in an act of kindness service morning by packing bags. Each child had their own special job. This is really cool because you can be 2 years old and make BIG differences in helping to feed the hungry.

exceptionaldelawareOn December 31 a blog called Exceptional Delaware posted an article about me and Brae’s Brown Bags and named me “Exceptional Delaware’s 2015 Hero Of The Year.” The author, Mr. Kevin Ohlandt, said such great things about what we are doing. The article made my Mom AND my Gram cry. Happy tears.

Mr. Ohlandt wrote, “Braeden’s story is amazing.  I agree with his mother that he is an old soul.  But he is also a new soul.  He is a pre-teen, not even in high school yet, who has a passion for those less fortunate.  It is enough to make a huge difference.  Braeden is a unique soul in Delaware.  He gives and gives and expects nothing in return.  The fact that he can help those who have less is a comfort for him.”

We have big things coming up this year. More 3B Ripple student chapters will be launching, more bag packing events, conferences, leadership events with the Boys & Girls Club and more. It’s going to be a great 2016 thanks to all of you!

Code Purple or Blue Emergency Shelters – Frigid Weather

Code Purple/Blue (depending where you live) is declared any time the actual or wind-chill temperature is 20° or below.

Code Purple Shelter Calvary Baptist Church
Code Purple Shelter Calvary Baptist Church

Yesterday, I brought 34 bags to a Code Purple shelter in place in Newark, Delaware. The Calvary Baptist Church on East Delaware Avenue was open last night and will be open today due to the frigid temperatures.

I will collect information on local places who will be open for homeless people to take shelter. Please share this if you see anyone in need. Also if you would like information added to this post or changed please let me know.codepurple


New Castle County

  • The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew (SAM) open their space at 4:00 PM and close at 9:00 PM; that is when the Salvation Army opens and provides sleeping accommodations for the remainder of the night. SAM  is located at 720 N. Orange St. in Wilmington, DE and volunteers provide soup and sandwiches.
  • On Code Purple nights in Newark, a coalition of 10 Newark faith communities offer emergency sanctuary from dusk to dawn. Eight local churches serve as the host site on a rotating basis. A team of volunteers from local faith communities and community organizations support guests who are homeless in a church common room with access to bathrooms, a light evening meal, hot beverages and blankets. Those in the Newark area who are in need of sanctuary from the cold weather are encouraged to call (302) 544-0165.
  • Friendship House in Newark is also a “Sanctuary In Time Of Need” you can call them (302) 652-8278.
    • Wilmington –   Old Asbury United Methodist Church, Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew (SAM)
    • Newark – Newark United Methodist Church,  Newark United Church of Christ,  Calvary Baptist Church, Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark, First Presbyterian Church of Newark, St. Thomas Episcopal Church,  St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

Kent County

  • State health officials said a Kent County Levy Court spokeswoman reported that Kent County currently has no designated Code Purple shelters. Hopefully this will change.

Sussex County

  • People in need of overnight sanctuary are encouraged to go to Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call Nan Ruhl, director of Immanuel Shelter, at (302) 604-2619.


Anne Arundel County

  • Arundel House of Hope – Winter Relief Emergency Shelter – Phone: (410) 863-4888

Cecil County

  • People in need of shelter can come to the Mary Randall Center on North Street in Elkton. Address: 401 North St. Elkton, MD 21921, Phone number: (410) 620-4701
  • Moore’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Address: 392 Blake Rd, Elkton, MD 21921, Phone Number: (410) 398-7245
  • Five Rivers Homes, 216 East Main Street, Elkton, MD – 21921

Howard County

  • Columbia, MD Homeless Shelters and homeless services. We provide homeless Winter Relief for the Homeless Arundel House of Hope 410-863-4888

New Jersey

Atlantic County

  • Atlantic County Homeless Hotline (609) 345-5517
  • Egg Harbor Township Community Center, 5045 English Creek Ave., Egg Harbor Township, NJ – (609) 272-8179

Burlington County

  • After-Hours/Code Blue Emergency Shelter Hotline (856) 234-8888

Camden County

  • In Camden County, Union Organization for Social Service (UOSS), Camden County Homeless Hotline, (800) 331-7272
  • Walter Rand Transportation Ctr.,100 S. Broadway Camden – (856) 968-3880
  • Cherry Hill Township Community Center, 820 Mercer St. Cherry Hill, (856) 488-7800

Mercer County

  • Mercer County Homeless Hotline (609) 278-1481
  • The Rescue Mission at 72 Ewing St. and the Salvation Army at 575 E. State St. in Trenton a re conducting normal business operations.



  • Depending on where you are there are shelters in place. Local homelessness and poverty advocacy organization Project HOME operates a 24/7 Homeless Outreach Hotline. Call (215) 232-1984 for the Project HOME Homeless Outreach Hotline
  • In conjunction with community organization Broad Street Ministry, the Bethesda Project is another program that will be able to provide special services to homeless persons during extreme cold temperatures in the winter months. Address: 315 S. Broad Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19102
  • St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 1831 Bainbridge Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146