Doing something special for veterans began after I started asking my mom why some veterans are homeless. After talking to my mom, I really wanted to help build homes for veterans but together we decided on a more realistic goal. We came up with an idea to make hygiene and grooming kits with thank you cards to give to veterans in need. I call them Hero Bags!
I first started this project when I was only 5-years-old. Since then, we’ve raised over $5,000, which has helped me hand out over 2,000 Hero Bags and buy some wishlist items submitted by shelters who help the local veterans. During the winter, we also make sure to stock up on warm gear like coats and blankets to deliver to shelters and people living on the streets.
Over the last few years of my project, I’ve won some really cool awards and have gotten to work with awesome companies like Leesa Mattress who helped me donate over 250 mattresses to a homeless shelter. I even received the Humanitarian Award from Mr. Steve Harvey on Little Big Shots .
This man is one of the people I have helped. He is a senior citizen who served in Vietnam. Veterans like him often need everything from food and clothing to bus passes. We also deliver items to elderly veterans in their homes and help with a variety of personal emergencies. The veterans appreciate gift cards, food, clothing, toiletries, and even essentials like socks and underwear.
This holiday season, I’m teaming up with a new shelter called Baltimore Station. I want to thank all 90 veterans that live in this shelter for their service and give them a Christmas they’ll never forget. I’m hoping to raise $3,600 so that I can give each of them a Hero Bag for Christmas!
Since I don't run a nonprofit with my mom yet, I could use help from caring people like you to make that happen too. My main focus right now is homeless veterans, but I also want to help other homeless people. When I get this project going and get a nonprofit, I can do both. We’ll need at least $3,000 to submit our 501(c)(3) application and pay the legal fees that go along with it.
Update: This campaign is ongoing. Tyler is still helping veterans. There has been a great demand to continue. Thank you for supporting his goals!
Thank you so much for your support. I appreciate your interest in my desire to help veterans in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia!
My mom will post campaign updates for me and will be managing the money raised for me. I am only 7 after all! Please send her a Facebook message if you would like to collect hygiene products in your office or church in Maryland, D.C. or Virginia to help with my project.
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