A giving spirit starts young
Some of the most frequently asked questions from Coalition supporters are “How can we help?” and “What does the Coalition need?” After mentioning that financial contributions are always appreciated, we refer these wonderful people to our Immediate Needs list and explain that the Coalition is in need of virtually the same items one would use in their own household. Items that people usually take for granted, such as deodorant, toothpaste, razors, bleach, and shampoo, etc., can be treasures when you live in a homeless shelter.
Earlier this week, we came across an article in The Mercury News about 12-year-old Parker in California who put on a pair of socks to alleviate his cold feet. He suddenly realized that homeless individuals might not have that luxury.
This realization inspired him to create a non-profit organization and website to collect 500 pairs of socks for the homeless, which he appropriately named “Parker’s Pairs.” With the help of his generous community, Parker more than exceeded his original goal of 500 pairs. In fact, he was able to collect over 2,000 pairs of socks for local homeless adults and children!
At Coalition for the Homeless, we have been fortunate to experience the generosity of young donors firsthand. Over the years, children have come into the Coalition with contributions in hand and big smiles on their faces, eager to tell us their stories about how they made the decision to help our homeless clients – not to mention the time and energy they spent organizing and executing their plan! We are always thrilled to hear their stories and happy that the younger generation has such a giving spirit.
Here are just a few examples of how these youngsters chose to help:
- Collecting and delivering jackets and blankets during the winter
- Building and manning a lemonade stand, and donating the proceeds
- Using their birthday party as a means of collecting toys or funds for homeless children
When children approach their parents with the idea of wanting to help, we think that moment is a great way to educate them on the realities of homelessness and how they can make a difference by volunteering or donating to a local non-profit. Last year, we wrote a blog post suggesting how youngsters can get involved at the Coalition. We invite you to take another look.