A recent community service project will supply the homeless encampment in Minneapolis with some much needed supplies. Gatewood Elementary and West Junior High School challenged each other to collect the most supplies. The winners have bragging rights, but the homeless encampment will reap the benefits.
A variety of supplies were collected including items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion, deodorant, tampons, pads, chapstick, tissues, body wash, shampoo, and conditioner.
“We try to teach kids the importance of giving back to the community and the need to be involved as a contributor to our community,” said Jon Smart, Gatewood Kids & Company supervisor.
At Gatewood, the entire school community was encouraged to participate. They began collecting items the first week of December until the winter break. Their efforts resulted in collecting 220 items in just 15 days.
“I am very proud of our children for taking on this challenge, I am sure we will have others,” Smart said.
West Junior High students, staff and remaining school community collection total of 1,142 items. Student Council members and other student volunteers spent a portion of their day on Jan. 23 packaging the items for distribution at the encampment.