|By Joe Rubino, Daily Camera, Boulder, Colo.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
"As a parent, it's my job to make them the best people I can," she explains.
That is why the girls, Carson, 7 and Delia, 5, on the afternoon of
"We just want the homeless people to feel good so they can get a job," said Carson, who is a first-grader at
"A really big one," Delia added.
The idea to collect personal hygiene items was based on a program Lyle was introduced to by her employer, the insurance and reinsurance provider
Lyle had done some volunteer work at Bridge House and is a personal friend of the agency's executive director,
Carson and Delia began soliciting donations at their school and from friends, family and neighbors in early November, Lyle said. Eventually the girls found their way the
Area small businesses including the dental practice of Dr. Pail
"At first the girls were a little hesitant about asking for things for their donation," Lyle said of her tiny philanthropists. "Once that momentum started they weren't shy about it and started asking other people they knew and really enjoyed it."
They even called on Santa Claus to help when they noticed that razors--among the most expensive items they sought to donate---were not being dropped off in large numbers. Mom and dad secretly bought a few packs and left them for the girls to find.
"It was so cute," Lyle said. "It was like, how could we not."
Bridge House greeter Le'Driedre Sease was on hand when the girls dropped off their donation earlier this month. She knows about the importance of personal hygiene and the impact of appearance when it comes to applying for jobs.
Sease moved to
Now, Sease is housed and is in charge of dispensing those same hygiene items to the Bridge House's clients each day.
"Their hygiene is of the utmost importance, especially for those trying to better themselves and get jobs," said Sease. "I know how important it was for me."
McDevitt said that Carson and
McDevitt noted that the
"Homelessness can be confusing for kids, even scary. So, to have children involved even indirectly helps break down those barriers and helps them understand the issue from a base level," McDevitt said. "It's humanizing the homeless, which is so important."
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