I started my non profit, Sargeant's Army when I was 11 years old to honor my cat Sargeant who died of cancer. Originally I sewed cat toys out of fabric scraps and donated them to shelters. When Covid started I used my sewing skills to sew and donate over 900 masks to health care professionals. I heard that the homeless youth in Phoenix needed masks over the summer and sewed some for them. I decided I wanted to do more to help the homeless and I decided to start making Hope Bags that include masks and personal hygiene items. I started providing Hope Bags on September 1 and I have distributed over 2400 to 11 different organizations that support the homeless in 7 different counties throughout Arizona so far. For my Winter Hope Bags I would like to provide a hat, gloves and a homemade scarf in addition to hygiene items. In 2021 my goal is to provide 10,000 Hope Bags throughout Arizona, providing them to homeless organizations in all 15 counties in Arizona.
Funded by Homelessness (December 2020)