DENVER (CBS4) – Several kids in Denver’s Stapleton neighborhood spent their Saturday morning helping other kids in need.
“It’s like a big difference for them since they don’t really have very much,” 12-year-old volunteer Aidan Eure said. “Doing this makes me happy.”
As part of the Kids Compassion Project, a local nonprofit that partners with other organizations to help those less fortunate, families came to the Central Park Recreation Center to create and fill snack bags for homeless children.
Young volunteers decorated paper bags with positive messages and drawings while their parents helped fill them with treats like granola bars, applesauce and crackers.
“If we donate health foods to kids in need, maybe it will help them with stuff,” one of the youngest volunteers said.
The Kids Compassion Project partners with other organizations in the Denver metro area in an effort to teach families about groups that help the community and create events that are fun for volunteers for all ages. Saturday’s event was with Hands Up for the Children, which supplies meals to homeless families across Denver.
“They go to high schools, elementary schools, and they pass out these backpacks that are filled with food for the weekend,” Shary Zampert, co-founder of Kids Compassion Project, told CBS4’s Kelly Werthmann.
Families also put together care kits for the homeless, complete with toothbrushes and socks.
“It’s a way for [families] to connect to something that maybe they wouldn’t otherwise be aware of,” Zampert said.
Those care kits will go home with volunteers to be kept in their cars so when they see a homeless person, they can give it to them to keep passing on compassion.
“I think it’s important because all the homeless people are putting up signs that say ‘God Bless,’ and that’s nice so why not give them a bag,” Gavin Eure, a 10-year-old volunteer, said.
For more information on the Kids Compassion Project: kidscompassionproject.org/
For more information on Hands Up for the Children: handsupforthechildren.org
Kelly Werthmann joined the CBS4 team in 2012 as the morning reporter, covering national stories like the Aurora Theater Shooting and devastating Colorado wildfires. She now anchors CBS4 Weekend Morning News and reports during the week. Connect with her on Facebook or Twitter @KellyCBS4.