Teen’s Mission To Help The Homeless Inspires Community To Give Back
Wait until you hear how she's spreading the love in her hometown, one bag at a time.
Jane Kahn is no stranger to helping people.
The 13-year-old has been volunteering at soup kitchens with her family in her hometown of Houston, TX for years.
Two years ago, Jane visited "Tent City," an area of Houston that has a high homeless population, where she passed out blankets, socks and pillows to those living there. While she was there, Jane spoke with people one-on-one, prayed with them and got to know their situations.
The experience taught her an important lesson: these weren't people who did something wrong, or who were looking for a handout. They were people that had fallen on hard times and needed a little help.
Jane Around the World recently distributed winter coats to homeless people in her town. Jane Around The World/Facebook
From that day on, Jane made it her mission to help as many homeless people as possible. She started an organization called "Jane Around the World," and got to work collecting donations and creating care packages for those in need.
Each care package includes everyday items like toothpaste, deodorant, cleansing wipes, socks and Chapstick. Jane says the average cost for each package is $8, but since Jane Around the World has grown, she's started buying items in bulk. Now the price is closer to $4 per bag.
"I like giving to them because some of them don't have what we have, and they don't have a lot of money to buy that stuff, so I have a plan to give them items they can actually use," the teen explained to KHOU-11.
Jane loads some supplies.Jane Around The World/Facebook
Jane started working with different churches and organizations in her community to collect donations, and she's gotten plenty of her friends and family members involved in preparing the bags and helping to pass them out.
"The church started taking donations, and then there was another church that contacted us and wanted to take donations at their children's ministry, and they helped her put bags together," Jane's mother said. "Next thing you know, we have an 18-wheeler pulling up with stuff!"
Jane recently launched a GoFundMe campaign with the goal of raising $10,000. The funds would allow Jane Around the World to purchase supplies, host resource fairs and eventually build a brick and mortar homeless shelter where she can offer resources to those in need.
Here's another do-gooder with a heart of gold who has been handing out winter care packages to homeless people in her town: Good Samaritan Creates Winter Care Packages for the Homeless
Last week, Jane Around the World was officially registered as a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Charitable Organization. And, judging by the hard work that Jane and her community have been doing, they're about to help a whole lot of people in the Houston area and beyond.
Jane Around the World hopes to raise $10K to continue their mission of helping those in need. Jane Around The World/Facebook