Teen Donates 200+ Sanitation Kits To Local Homeless Shelters
Wait until you hear how she's helping people in need in her community – and you can help her do more!
While some people are panic-buying pallets of toilet paper and filling their cabinets with enough canned goods to feed an army, others are doing whatever they can to help others.
That includes Shaivi Shah, a 15-year-old from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA who has made it her mission to help her city's most vulnerable residents.
After California's governor Gavin Newsom declared a shelter-in-place order last week, Shaivi was concerned about the state's homeless population, which is the largest in the nation.
"They don't have necessities right now that are crucial to remain clean and stay germ-free," Shaivi told CNN.
Shaivi has donated over 250 coronavirus sanitation kits to area homeless shelters. GoFundMe
Shaivi used her experience creating low-cost and portable medical devices for science fairs to build a cost-effective "sanitation kit" that could easily be distributed at area homeless shelters.
The teenager and her parents bought some supplies in bulk. Then, she asked her fellow Tesoro High School honor society members to help assemble the kits.
The coronavirus sanitation kits include a small bottle of hand sanitizer, antibacterial soap, lotion and a homemade, reusable mask – all items that are recommended to help stop the spread of the virus.
Shaivi assembles the kits in her home in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA.
After the kits were made, Shaivi dropped them off at several shelters in Los Angeles. So far, she has given away over 250 kits.
Shaivi's desire to help those less fortunate isn't new. Last year, she helped to raise thousands of dollars for a homeless shelter through a dance recital.
After creating her first batch of kits, Shaivi created a GoFundMe page to keep the project going. In less than two weeks, she has raised over $17,000.
Shaivi's generous spirit comes from being grateful for what she has. GoFundMe
The sophomore says it's easy to help others when you're truly grateful for what you have.
"Imagine yourself in their shoes, without a house, without clothes, without any sanitation," Shaivi said. "That'll make you be grateful for what you have, and possibly donate and do something good for the other people."
The world can certainly use more people like Shaivi. We can't wait to see how her project grows!