Trevor Mayes frequently referred to his checklist Feb. 7 as volunteers worked to fill backpacks with personal hygiene items for Inter-Faith Community …
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Trevor Mayes frequently referred to his checklist Feb. 7 as
volunteers worked to fill backpacks with personal hygiene items for
Inter-Faith Community Services to distribute to homeless
The Littleton High School sophomore said he chose this as his
Eagle Scout Leadership Project because he had been homeless and
knew how valuable the items in the backpacks are.
He said he knew the economy was increasing the number of
homeless so he turned to Inter-Faith as the agency he would work
with on his project.
The culmination of his efforts came Feb. 7 when more than 25
volunteers gathered at the Inter-Faith headquarters in Englewood to
put the assembled items in the backpacks.
Before most of the volunteers went to work, Mayes and three or
four helpers set up tables and put out the items to go in the
There were cartons of individual rolls of toilet paper, stacks
of notebooks, boxes of assorted personal hygiene items like
shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors and soap.
The personal items also were divided into separate boxes, one
for men and one for women.
Additionally, there were special items like coloring books and
stuffed animals set aside for those backpacks prepared for
The instructions were simple — grab a backpack and move down the
assembly line where other volunteers handed out the items. The
final items added were two bottles of water and the completed
backpacks were placed in designated locations.
Maria Pearson, Inter-Faith spokesperson, said the Eagle project
was much needed.
She explained the number of clients has risen dramatically in
the last few months and the number of homeless among the new
clients also has increased.
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