Nonprofit BRAGG Project, started by nine-year-old Renton resident Ezra Lucien, is looking for financial help to prepare for the summer months.
On a new GoFundMe, Lucien is asking for donations to reach her $2,000 goal. That money will go towards repairs to her family’s van air conditioning so that perishable foods they donate to homeless families in Renton won’t go bad while they travel.
Lucien does a number of local volunteer and donation opportunities under the BRAGG name, including Pizza and Popsicle parties for young kids experiencing homelessness that are staying in Renton shelters. The project started after her family started going to Luther’s Table in Renton, as previously reported in Renton Reporter.
Lucien’s mother, Dominick Lucien, said they have reached out to several auto dealerships about the repair but were unsuccessful.
The family is hoping a repaired air conditioning will allow them to ramp up delivery of water, fruits veggies and dairy products that are donated to them from the Renton Buy Nothing Facebook group.
“I’m not gonna have space in my refrigerator, if these go warm they’re going to be discarded,” Dominick Lucien said. “Last year we had a heatwave in August so we also want to get popsicles supplied and just pass them out in the neighborhood. A lot of the homeless population we gift to will be in the same spots during the summertime. This is me just trying to think ahead.”
At the time of the Renton Reporter’s print deadline, the nonprofit has raised $120 of its $2,000 goal.
Renton Reporter previously reported on the BRAGG Project. That story “For this local kid, Christmas is like running a nonprofit” is available at rentonreporter.com.
“I’m just asking the community to help us so we can keep blessing others,” Dominick Lucien said.
Visit the fundraiser at gofundme.com/f/the-bragg-project.