Blessing Boxes in Canandaigua

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Re: Blessing Boxes in Canandaigua

Postby Jeff Marinelli » Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:31 am

Fully up and operational! In front of our house at 99 Chapin St!

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Re: Blessing Boxes in Canandaigua

Postby Nancy » Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:13 pm

Jeff and Suzanne,
I am so terribly sorry for your loss. We lost our 32 yr. old son, Bryan, to a heroin overdose on May 25 2017. :e cry:

This is a beautiful idea and I am very inspired by it. If there ever comes a point when I can even think about him without falling apart, I would like to do something like this too.
Thank you for always being inspiring and God bless you,
Nancy Bates of Rochester

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Re: Blessing Boxes in Canandaigua

Postby Jeff Marinelli » Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:31 pm

I wasn't sure what was going to happen, but so far lots of donations and lots of takings as well!
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Re: Blessing Boxes in Canandaigua

Postby Jeff Marinelli » Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:11 pm

City's ordered us to move it, we'll see what happens
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Re: Blessing Boxes in Canandaigua

Postby Upset Business Owner » Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:31 pm

Jeff Marinelli wrote:Actually, I just heard from Ellen, who says code enforcement reports that there are no regulations or permits needed to construct and install these in the City.

Ellen wishes to make a contribution as soon as the first one is completed.


After the Mayor said its ok.

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Re: Blessing Boxes in Canandaigua

Postby Tired Old Man » Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:36 pm

Tired Old Man wrote:While I like the idea and its intent, I cant believe this fair city will allow it on their city streets

Village, city, town codes just don't allow stuff in their right of way. Move it behind the sidewalk onto your property and see what they say.

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Re: Blessing Boxes in Canandaigua

Postby JJBat150 » Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:03 am

Tired Old Man wrote:Village, city, town codes just don't allow stuff in their right of way. Move it behind the sidewalk onto your property and see what they say.


Love the box and it's concept.

Agree with it needing to be moved.

Hate the fact that the city gave you bad info.


Also, before digging, be safe and call 811 to locate any underground utilities. (It's also the law - hate to see you get this one wrapped around the axle during the move)

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Re: Blessing Boxes in Canandaigua

Postby Jeff Marinelli » Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:09 am

I'll move it; the issue is that I asked and waited for an answer before I even picked up a saw. We'll end up with more donations because of this, which is OK. A number of people are planning to build one of their own too so this will save those folks some hassle down the road.
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Re: Blessing Boxes in Canandaigua

Postby Jeff Marinelli » Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:54 am

Lots more donations coming in!
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Re: Blessing Boxes in Canandaigua

Postby Jeff Marinelli » Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:00 pm

Blessing Box update: The Fine Fellows that the City sent have completed the move: the Blessing box has a new location just a few feet away.

I found out that these blue collar brothers had paid for the new post and cement out of their own pockets. All honor and thanks are due to them for setting such an example.

While we were unloading the box to prepare for reinstallation, a young boy rode up on his bike with 2 cans of soup he wanted to donate. This, of course, sent Suzanne into a paroxysm of Motherly overload. Suzanne asked his name and how old he was (he's 9) and asked if she could give him a hug.

I was 9 once, and to be hugged by a strange woman in public would have left me with a lifelong complex, but that's just me. The young man survived, and returned about an hour later with 2 boxes of macaroni and cheese that his grandmother had given him to drop off.

Anyways, we're back in business.

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Re: Blessing Boxes in Canandaigua

Postby Jeff Marinelli » Sun Aug 27, 2017 1:24 pm

LOL tons o' donations arriving daily
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Re: Blessing Boxes in Canandaigua

Postby Jeff Marinelli » Sat Sep 16, 2017 4:55 pm

Arrived by mail today; a donation from a kind friend we haven't met yet.

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Re: Blessing Boxes in Canandaigua

Postby Jeff Marinelli » Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:49 am

Lots of donations overnight thank you!
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Re: Blessing Boxes in Canandaigua

Postby Upset Business Owner » Sun Sep 17, 2017 1:09 pm

Jeff and Suzanne

Is there a listing of items that you are offering or does it vary based on donation?

Also are there certain items that you need more of than others?

Thanks

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Re: Blessing Boxes in Canandaigua

Postby Jeff Marinelli » Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:48 pm

We can always use:

Soap
Shampoo
Toothpaste and toothbrushes and floss
Womens sanitary products
Toilet paper
Kleenex
Pasta
Sauce in cans or plastic bottles
razors and shaving cream
Dried soups (ramen noodles, etc)
mac and cheese, etc

We get donations every day of different stuff. The Items we put into the box will change one the weather gets below freezing.

We'll keep everyone posted!

Please check the expiration dates if listed, thanks!
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Re: Blessing Boxes in Canandaigua

Postby Jeff Marinelli » Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:46 am

Tons of activity coming and going!
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Re: Blessing Boxes in Canandaigua

Postby Jeff Marinelli » Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:15 am

More donations arriving thanks!
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Re: Blessing Boxes in Canandaigua

Postby Jeff Marinelli » Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:41 pm

More bessing boxes goin up! More donations arriving!
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Re: Blessing Boxes in Canandaigua

Postby mscales » Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:56 am

Yay!
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Re: Blessing Boxes in Canandaigua

Postby Jeff Marinelli » Mon Oct 23, 2017 5:04 pm

Lots o' donations today thanks!
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Re: Blessing Boxes in Canandaigua

Postby Jeff Marinelli » Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:20 pm

Starting to switch over to winter items, gonna be plenty cold this weekend. We have handwarmers, hats and scarves.
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Re: Blessing Boxes in Canandaigua

Postby Jeff Marinelli » Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:24 am

put oatmeal and hot cocoa out yesterday completely gone today.
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Re: Blessing Boxes in Canandaigua

Postby Jeff Marinelli » Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:02 pm

Noah's Blessing Box has been hopping for Christmas; we were able to help several single moms for Christmas, plus lots of individual gifts as well for folks.

Donations have picked up too!
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Re: Blessing Boxes in Canandaigua

Postby Jeff Marinelli » Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:32 pm

VERY busy at the scarf tree too!
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