What is M.A.D.E. for Others Inc?
M.A.D.E. for Others Inc is a nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to working with individuals living on the streets without shelter. We are recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt organization and all donations made to M.A.D.E. for Others Inc are tax-deductible. Upon the receipt of a donation, we will provide you with a letter listing your donation, its value, and our tax identification number for your records, as per Tax Code requirements. M.A.D.E. for Others Inc is a volunteer corps and does not pay its staff. All donations go to providing direct services, with less than 5% going to administrative costs. For more information about M.A.D.E for Others Inc visit the "About" page.
What does M.A.D.E. stand for?
M.A.D.E. stands for Make A Difference Everyday. We believe that it's the small, daily things that can change this world and show people how important and valued they are. No matter where we are or how busy we get, we can always choose to make a difference in someone's life!
I ordered a kit. What should I do with it?
We are so glad that you purchased a kit and are ready to make a difference! Before giving your kit to someone who needs it, feel free to personalize or add to it! Some things you can think about adding are a hand written note, a map to the nearest homeless shelters, or a handmade gift from you!
We also want to emphasize safety first! Please make sure that you go with other individuals and never put yourself in a precarious situation. It is important to remember that some of the individuals living on the streets do suffer from mental health issues or may be using some type of substance. Never go alone or at night!
Will there be additional kits available for purchase?
Yes! Our hope is to raise enough money to create homeless kits that include jackets, shoes, and other items that are requested by the people we meet in our communities.
What are other things I can do to make a difference?
Small gestures are just as precious (and sometimes more meaningful) than larger gestures. For people who you cross paths with at the store or at work, you can start making a difference by saying hi, giving a warm smile, or letting them go first. For family or friends, do a random act of kindness, give grace, be the first to forgive, or just be there for them when they need a shoulder to lean on. For people who are living without homes, give them a kit and personalize it (see "I ordered a kit. What should I do with it?" for ideas)! Take the time to introduce yourself and ask them their name. Depending on the situation, share a meal with someone who is homeless or take them to get a haircut. Finally, give or donate your gently-used clothes and blankets to homeless shelters or to the person you give your kit to!