Hello! Listen it has been so crazy and such a busy time for me. The last few months I’ve been applying for colleges, scholarships, and internships. When the dust settles I will write more about my college planning – Honestly, that probably will not be until this summer. I want to provide the best advice from my experiences before I start giving actual advice. I promise more of my trials and tribulations on college admission process will come.
Anyways, one of my New Year’s resolution is to do a service project every month until September. I would say, I would do the whole year but I am not sure what the first few months will be like when I start college. I am sure their will be community services activities but not sure when they will start so I don’t want to overcommit and be frustrated that I am not able to do something I promised myself I would do.
For January, my service project is to donate 50 pairs of socks with toiletries and an encouraging note for the homeless. (Even though I completed this project in January – I wasn’t able to deliver to Happy Helpers for the Homeless until February.) My favorite non-profit is Happy Helpers for the Homeless because they have a list of projects you can do on your own if you are unable to help them in person on a regular basis. (Another reason why I like Happy Helpers for the Homeless is because Ms. Bobbi who runs it is a true gem – SO LOCAL people check out Happy Helpers for the Homeless!)
Over the course of several months, when I come across cheap socks I buy them. (I have over 50 pairs of socks to donate.) Additionally, when I travel I typically bring my own toiletries and I stockpile the ones the hotel gives me. I also ask the hotel cleaning crew for more. I didn’t have enough hotel toiletries for all of the socks I had so I went to Target and the Dollar Tree and bought extras.
Here’s how I grouped the toiletries with the sock pairs:
- Shampoos and Conditioners
- Chap Sticks (or other lip balms) with Moisturizing lotions, or facial tissues, or bar soap
- Toothbrushes with Toothpaste (Not Shown)
***Helpful Tip – The homeless like to travel light so the trial size toiletries are typically their preference. So, when you are traveling think about collecting the toiletries and donating.
Here are some pictures of my haul:
For more information about projects you can do for Happy Helper’s for the Homeless – Check it out here: