Terence Lester, founder of Love Beyond Walls expresses, “I have a lot of emotion around winning this $1000 grant. Many people may think it’s small, but it really isn't. It's a huge piece to a larger puzzle - supporting children in need.”
As background, from May 3rd to August 1st, Lester wore one outfit for 90 days. He did this to raise uniforms for kids that attend Title 1 schools who wear the same thing every single day because they lack resources in their closets at home. This closet strike journey started with him donating every single article of clothing he owned (only leaving him with one outfit). He did this to show the severity of kids who struggle with limited access to clean clothes. He blogged about it, used social media, and told the story of his journey while raising over 200 uniforms.
“As advocates for children facing poverty and homelessness, Love Beyond Walls understands the psychological effects societal pressures can have on children and their ability to be successful in academic settings. Having a clean, fresh, and suitable school uniform with proper school supplies brings a child a sense of pride, confidence and esteem that can propel them into academic, social, and personal success. Closets of Hope will make this happen,” said Lester.
The Awesome Foundation will host their monthly Awesome Hour on Wednesday, September 17 at 7:00 pm at Fork and Juniper located inside of the Hyatt Midtown where Love Beyond Wallswill be recognized and given the $1,000 grant to continue their cause. Individuals and groups interested in applying for an Awesome Grant in the future are encouraged to come out and meet the group’s trustees.
To learn more about Love Beyond Walls visit www.lovebeyondwalls.org.
About the Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences:
The Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences is an ever-growing, worldwide network of people devoted to forwarding the interest of awesomeness in the universe. Created in the long hot summer days of 2009 in Boston, the Foundation distributes a series of monthly $1,000 grants to projects and their creators. The money is pooled together from the coffers of ten or so self-organizing “micro-trustees”