While her Baker Buddy classmates pack community gift bags for local veteran’s shelters, Lindsay Kasprowicz works on a card to add to hers.
(photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)
Early Tuesday morning — long before the first bell rang — Baker Middle School students gathered together to package up grab bags for homeless veterans.
“Today we are making community gift bags for local veteran’s shelters all throughout the Detroit area,” said school counselor Suzy Powell. “We found they were truly in need of some extra help and these items are kind of expensive for them to afford on their own.”
“I hope they’re gonna like them,” said 6th-grader Noah Church.
The bags, put together by the Baker Buddies, contained an assortment of the items they collected: tooth paste, shampoo, snacks, etc.
“Baker Buddies is a group where we get together and have a lot of fun with different activities,” said 6th-grader Madison Schielke. “We’re making goody bags today.”
On hand was Mike Kerr, a Vietnam veteran and former Troy cop who works with Troy Youth Assistance and Troy Community Coalition.
“We’re loading up some goodies to go down to three different shelters in Detroit,” said Kerr. “This is the least I can do for those who came home and were not as fortunate as I. This is helping people on the street.”
Kerr drove the bags down immediately afterward for fast distribution.
“I like the idea of it because it helps the people,” said 8th-grader Meagan Lindgren.
8th-grader Benson Stockdale agreed. “I want to help out those who aren’t as fortunate as we are,” he said. “This is just one morning that can help a lot of people’s mornings; I think it’s worth it to get up a little earlier.”
Sketching out a couple creative cards to go with her gift bags, 8th-grader Laura Lleshi put it perfectly. “Honestly, it just feels good to help people,” she said. “There are so many problems in the world; it just feels nice for once to help people out and make it a little better.”