Eli Helps the Homeless

Eli Shill is a nine-year-old in Ankeny, Iowa who wanted to help.

He noticed people standing on street corners asking for money in the cold, Iowa winter, and thought that maybe he could do something to make their situation better.

Eli set a goal to create kits that he and others could hand out to those folks in need. He enlisted the help of his family, particularly his mother, Emily Shill. She sat down with Eli to decide on some things that would be useful that they could put in a kit. They came up with a list, with Eli being specific about the snacks that would be included (Goldfish was his top choice). Other items included hand warmers, hand sanitizer, water bottles, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and a warm blanket.

Emily then created a Facebook post, asking for donations to help with the kits. She said that Eli collected donations and put together the kits, and then he would give some of the kits back to those who had donated so that many people could participate in handing the kits out to those in need.

Eli collected enough donations for 52 kits, which are now being delivered to the donors and given out to those who are homeless or in meager circumstances.

4 thoughts on “Eli Helps the Homeless

  1. What a terrific idea, and a great way to help. Great job, Mom, helping your kiddo figure out how to DO something about a concern he had🥰.


  2. Hooray for Eli! What an enterprising effort to have a good
    idea and then to act on it. Even better when you get
    others to help realize your idea. I’m sure you have warmed
    the hearts and hands of many people.
    With love from Grannie


  3. Eli, what a wonderful project. If you didn’t know it already, you now know that one person can make a difference, and it is always good to look outside yourself to find people to help. We are SO proud of you!
    v Meme and Papa


  4. Eli, congratulations on serving those less fortunate than you. A wonderful service you have given to some of Heavenly Father’s children. We are so proud of you. ❤️


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