How one special 4th grader made a difference!

drop off locations for charity donations

How one special 4th grader made a difference!

Incredible people with huge hearts.

One of the best parts of my job is meeting incredible people with huge hearts. It’s amazing when someone learns what we do at Wheeler—helping men, women, and children experiencing homeless—and they jump in with both feet. They make this cause their own, engage their spheres of influence, and use their unique gifts and abilities to create lasting help and change for our guests.

Earlier this month, I learned about one such young lady—Alexis, just 10 years old—who pulled off something rather special.

Steve, Alexis’s dad, is friends with our very own Chef Brown and has served a few dinners at Wheeler. Alexis recently came across some of Wheeler’s videos and was inspired to help out too.

Knowing that winter is coming soon, Alexis wanted to throw a cold weather drive, collecting hats, coats, gloves, etc. for our men, women, and children. So her dad made a Facebook event page, inviting people to bring donations to the family’s home. And the response was HUGE!

Almost immediately, folks started dropping off clothing, cold weather items, hygiene items, etc. Their garage was packed, and it took two days to sort through everything. Alexis and her family set up tables, folded clothes, sorted the donations into categories, and at the end…they packed 12 BIG boxes for Wheeler!


Alexis shared that the response to her donation drive was quite a surprise, and she was happy to learn that one person…one idea…(and one fourth grader!) really can make a difference.

Last week, I shared some tips on how to throw a fun, engaging, and meaningful drive/fundraiser for Wheeler Mission. If you’d like to join Alexis in serving your neighbors in need, make sure to read that post here