Shoebox Project Helps the Homeless

By: Jillian Risberg Email
By: Jillian Risberg Email

A young girl uses a shoebox to help those in need this Christmas. Skylar is only 12-years-old and already making a difference in the world.

"I saw the homeless people living under the bridge and I felt sorry for them," Skylar Bogan says. "I wanted my mom to make them soup, but she told me that wasn't going to work and I was going to have to figure out something else."

She started her Shoebox Project in 2010, filling them with something sweet, something salty and extras to keep everyone warm.

"A drink, food, like snacks... chips and stuff and sweets, and every box gets a pair of gloves, a hat and socks," Bogan says.

Some have it rough, but the holidays can be a little brighter for the homeless so they don't have to be alone or hungry.

"They don't get to have Christmas for their family and stuff, so.. I guess it just makes you feel good," Bogan says, of putting together the shoeboxes that she distributes through House to Home Shelter in Parkersburg.

The outpouring of support for the project has been tremendous.

"We've had donations from churches, from employees, that our employees attend," says mom Amber Holbert, a clinical nurse analyst at Camden Clark Medical Center. "Some of Skylar's friends, they've challenged their churches to make donations."

Raising her daughter right, mom Amber really wanted to see this project come to fruition.

"We've always tried to teach Skylar the right way and to be good to others and treat them the way that you would want to be treated," Holbert says. "I really was moved by the fact that she wanted to do that and I also knew that I would have to have a ton of help. I got that from my Camden Clark family."

Skylar's friends have the same mindset, feeling good about doing good for others when you have so much yourself.

"I'm happy because I want people to have a good Christmas just like everyone else does 'cause I get a lot for Christmas and I want people to feel the same way," says friend Emily Cottrell, 13.

If you want to make a donation to the shoebox collection, there's still time before Christmas. Call Amber at CCMC, 304-424-2016.

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