Help Donovan's Mission

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Raised by 545 people in 15 months
Google "Donovan Smith Soap" and you will find 4 years of hard work by this young man in an effort to help the homeless and make a difference.

While we were homeless, Donovan went to several different schools as we moved around. I decided to homeschool when we moved out of the shelter, and Donovan originally learned to make soap during a lesson to aimed to teach math and science. He really enjoyed making the soaps and giving them away. Then, people wanted to buy them. Once he realized he could make money and a difference he decided to donate a portion to the organization that helped us out of homelessness to thank them and help others. Most recently, Donovan has been seen on Facebook’s show "Returning the Favor," where he was given a retail space. There has been a huge outpouring of support with a number of people not wanting to buy soap but to simply give money to help Donovan and his mission.

There have been many BIG moments along the way, but there are two that stand out. First, Donovan got two letters from the White House weeks apart. He got one from First Lady Michelle Obama, and a week later another letter arrived from President Obama congratulating him on the 10,000 soaps he made for the homeless. The second would be when Returning The Favor gifted him the retail space to make and sell his soaps. Donovan is part of black history now by being the only African American boy to have his own retail soap store - we know of no other boys in the world who have done this.

The store means he can hire people in need. This gives them a chance, an opportunity, training, and a reference to get another job later. The store means more community involvement by holding “soap parties,” where he invites the community to come make emergency shelter soaps in large quantities in a short period of time. It means teaching homeschool groups how to make his Shelter Soaps.

Currently, Donovan has made over 20k Soaps for the homeless which go to St. Martin's shower rooms and to support homeless veterans through StandDown Albuquerque. He has hired and trained over 9 homeless/at-risk individuals at his store.

Donations given will help with Donovan’s mission of training and employing the homeless in his store and buying supplies to continue donating thousands of soaps and toiletries to local organizations in need.

We may not always know exactly what's next, but are always open to the possibilities. Thank you for your support.
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Just ordered 14 Target giftcards for the 14 formerly homeless families I am sponsoring this Christmas through the Hope Found program @hopeworksnm We waited until today to take advantage of Targets 10% off deal. Took less than 10 minutes to make a big difference in someone’s holiday. #donovandiscovers #dowhatyoucan #makeadifference
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Happy Thanksgiving I am thankful for my family and with your support I was able to pay my former employee (Mr. Anthony) rent for the year. To keep him safe, warm and give him the time to get on his feet again is the most amazing experience. I am hoping to do it again next year for another person struggling with homelessness I have a lot to be thankful for but to directly impact someone’s life is the best feeling in the world.

Thank YOU for helping me make a difference
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Please see the update before this one. Please send $10 Walmart or Target gift cards directly to the Hope Found program at HopeWorks (formerly St. Martin’s). All gift cards will be delivered to 14 families who were just housed by the program. I have done this every year with different programs that I know are honest and work hard to help the homeless. I will be matching gift card donations up to $140. Thank you
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Every year I try to make the holidays a little better for the homeless in my community. This year I am out of the country but I am hoping my supporters and friends will help me again this year. As always I am asking for $10 Walmart or Target gift cards to be mailed in. Since I am away you will mail them directly to @hopeworksnm (address below in comments) and they will be given to the 14 homeless families they have recently housed with their “Hope Found” program. This program gets families out of homelessness quickly and offers supportive services for 6 months including paying their rent. Please DO NOT send cash and only send $10 gift cards. If you have extra to give then please send multiple $10 gift cards because I want make sure everyone gets the same fair equal amount. I will be matching up to $140 in gift card donations again this year to ensure every family gets something for the holidays. Together we can make their holiday special and let them know that people care about them
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