Restoring Lives Inc., a local nonprofit dedicated to supporting families, turned Giving Tuesday into a chance to give back by collecting care packages for the homeless.
The organization’s new mentor program, Be BLUE, which is geared toward girls in kindergarten through fifth grade, teaches lessons based on core attributes: competency, confidence, connection, character, contribution, coping and control. This month, the group is focusing on the attribute “Contribution” by putting together care packages for the homeless.
Restoring Lives president Shenita Jones said the group has assembled about 100 gallon freezer bags of toiletries and nonperishable food so far, but is still working to complete more. Once completed, the bags will be donated to The Grace Center for distribution.
“What they chose to do this month is help the homeless, and we’ve asked the community to help us,” Jones said.
Each care package includes travel size tissue, deodorant, mouth wash, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, cotton swabs, Band-Aids, soap, chap stick, cookies, raisins, and crackers.
“It’s the initial help you might give someone who’s just come in off of the street,” Jones said.
The Be BLUE girls have worked to assemble the bags at stuffing parties throughout the month. Other organizations, like church groups, have pitched in as well by donating supplies. Jones said the group is looking for supplies, completed bags or cash donations to help them assemble as many bags as possible before the end of the month.
“We’re pretty much ready to rock and roll and hand these out,” she said.
The group will take donations for this specific project until the end of the month, when they move onto their next project. Donations can be dropped off at the Restoring Lives office, located at 301 West Main Street, Ste 402. Deliveries are slated for 11a.m. December 1.