Recently, students in the agency’s Hazelwood Elementary out of school time summer program spent a week learning about social activism and took on homelessness as a challenge they wanted to address.
Students from the New Albany, Ind., school put together homeless care kits – socks, sanitary wipes, bottles of water, first aid kits, toothbrush and toothpaste, lip balm, and granola bars as well as Metro United Way information cards and resource lists.
Students also recycled plastic shopping bags into a Homeless Care Mat (a waterproof mat that provides cushion, is bug resistant, lightweight and easily rolled up). The youth then delivered the items to Hope Southern Indiana to be passed out to those in need.
It was inspiring to see the students working together to help homeless people in the community, setting an example we all should follow.