Tired of driving past Homeless people and not knowing how to help them our Year 8 students decided to take action. Katherine, Katie, Isabella and Amanda contacted a local Homeless shelter and have begun a relationship that has already lead to them being able to make a positive difference in people’s lives. Read about their experience in their own words below and watch their video here (Add Youtube Link) If you would like to help them find them around school or if you are inspired by their story then think about what you can do to make a difference. Our Mi Learning Programme is set up to support students who are interested in service work, so think about signing up for it during the next CCA cycle.
In PSHE we are trying to raise awareness of homelessness in America. We researched facts on homelessness to create a picture in our head about the unfortunate conditions that some people are forced to live in and what they are truly in need of. This persuaded us to actually take action in helping the homeless community and make a difference.
We started with a basic idea of somehow raising money, then spending every penny on what we thought were essential supplies and finally giving that to a homeless shelter of our choice. Our group baked cookies, brownies and cupcakes the morning we were going to sell them, and then sold them around a neighborhood. We sold the cookies and brownies for 50c each and then the cupcakes for $1.00. By the end, we managed to raise an unbelievable amount of $128.
Then we drove to the Dollar Tree and spent the money we collected. There we bought: Shampoo, conditioner and body wash for men and women, deodorant for men and women, toothbrushes and toothpaste, floss, lip balm, hand sanitizer, soap, female hygiene products, baby products, notebooks, ABC learning books, homework helping books, colouring books, pens, pencils, crayons, sharpeners, colouring pencils, hairbrushes, socks, hair ties, yo-yo's, small balls, toy dinosaurs, skipping ropes and toy cars.
We decided to donate all of the supplies we bought to the 'Life Center for The Homeless'. Then a week later, we drove there and met the co-owner Joe. He was kind enough to take us for a tour of his shelter and teach us about the history of it. The shelter has three bunkers for the men to sleep in, two bunkers for the women, a church, a cafeteria and a central point. We were told a great deal about how homeless shelters really work and the conditions that people actually live in. We definitely benefitted from this experience and left feeling very accomplished.
The co-owner Joe told us that currently they are in need of bedding and plastic kitchen wear such as cups, plates and utensils. We would be more than happy to accept any donations to take back to the 'Life Center for the Homeless'.
Kaitlin: "I am very proud and happy that I got to experience something like this and make a difference."
Isabella: "This experience really changed my view about homelessness and poverty and I am proud to say I have helped many people."
Amanda: " I am extremely proud to say that my group and I have made a difference in many peoples lives and have many a small contribution to ending homelessness in America."
Katherine: "I am so happy that I got the chance to do this."
Congratulations girls, you are an inspiration to us all.