How young is too young to learn care and compassion for the homeless?
Elementary students as young as kindergarten are gathering to join Little Stewpot Stewards, a new grassroots volunteer group on a mission to help the homeless clients of The Stewpot in downtown Dallas. Stewards will be creating Summer Survival Kits using their earnings from homemade lemonade stands.
This Saturday, T. Hee Greetings and Gifts will host a kick-off party at both locations from 11-2, with lemonade and sweet treats for all Lake Highlands kids who’d like to be in on the fun. They’ll also have collection buckets if you’d like to make a contribution.
“Last summer was our first year and we collected over $3500 and distributed over 600 summer survival kits,” said organizer April Gorman. “This with 60 volunteering children and their parents! We are very excited to see what this summer brings. We have developed a wonderful relationship with the staff at The Stewpot and have been encouraged to grow our mission and our involvement.”
After the kickoff weekend, the family of each Little Stewpot Steward has committed to hosting at least one lemonade stand to raise money to purchase summer survival kits. They’re also planning volunteer days at Encore Park Community Garden, an outdoor patch near where fruit and vegetables are grown to be served at The Stewpot’s Second Chance Café. A Christmas party, art projects and other activities are also part of the program.
If you’d like more information or wish to make a donation, contact April Gorman at firstname.lastname@example.org.