Youth Making a Difference – Santana

Santan, 10, is in fourth grade, and has recently transitioned with her mother and sister from homelessness to permanent housing. Her mother shared that Santana passionately discussed the effects the pandemic has had on their lives. She reflects on their struggles and how they could still be homeless and living in a car if someone had not reached out to help them. Santana wanted to help make a difference for people who are homeless, as she had been. She told her mother those without permanent housing could stay healthy, and avoid contracting COVID-19, if they had more food and hygiene items. She asked her mother and sister for help going into the city to collect cans. She uses the money they earn by selling them to buy food and toiletries. She and her family pack these goods into care kits and deliver them to people who are homeless in her community. Over time, this work has become a passion, and she prioritizes can collection every weekend. Her dream to be of service has become real. She prays now more young people will support her in making a positive difference.



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