Do you ever wonder if one person can really make a difference? When you think about the problem of poverty and homelessness it can seem overwhelming. What can one person do make it better?
Those are questions that didn’t bother Ella and Maddie from Nassau County, FL, one bit. These smart, plucky girls took one look at the issue of homelessness in their community, rolled up their sleeves, and got right to work.
They decided to collect clothing for The Salvation Army’s Nassau County Hope House, which operates a clothes closet for anyone in need. Ella and Maddie made their own flyers to spread the word about their collection and even offered to pick up donations from people’s porches.
By the time their clothes drive was done, these ambitious young ladies collected enough clothes to fill two shopping carts! Ella and her mom made the delivery to Hope House, astounding the staff and volunteers who accepted the donation. Every item of clothes Ella and Maddie collected will be a blessing to someone who desperately needs it. It could be a single mom who needs clothes for her kids. It could be a man looking for a job who lacks clothes for an interview. Ella and Maddie may never know whose lives they impacted with their project, but we have a feeling that won’t ever stop them from being a force for good in Nassau County.
So the next time you wonder if one person’s actions matter, remember Ella and Maddie and how they didn’t let the size of a problem stop them from doing something about it.
Thank you Ella and Maddie for having a heart for others and for taking action to help those in need! You are role models for us all.
The Salvation Army’s Nassau County Hope House is dedicated to restoring those in need to a place of productivity and self-sufficiency. Services offered include an emergency food pantry, clothes closet, emergency financial assistance, and emergency travel assistance.
Salvation Army Hope House
410 South 9th Street
(corner of 9th and Date)
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034