TAMPA, Fla. — This week, four Tampa kids are filling 500 shoeboxes with food, personal care items, and clothes then delivering them to people who are homeless across the Tampa Bay area.
They call it, Santa’s Shoe Box Project.
“We think this is an important cause because in the Tampa Bay community there are so many people put on the side of the road due to Covid or just in general,” said 13-year-old Sheldon Fouche.
Sheldon, Dominic, Michael and Christian aren’t just brothers and cousins, they are partners on a mission.
“I think this is a really good opportunity to give those who have almost nothing a better chance at just living life,” said 12-year-old Michael Kuhn.
They call themselves Kids 4 A Cause. Every month they try to do a different project to make Tampa Bay a better place.
This month they are delivering the Santa’s Shoe Boxes to St. Vincent De Paul and Pinellas Hope.
“In them are stuff like deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, snacks, food, water, everything a homeless person might need,” said 14-year-old Dominic Fouche.
Since it is Christmas after all, each box is beautifully wrapped. These boys understand this may be the only present that person receives this year.
“We love seeing the smiles on their faces and it makes us feel all warm inside,” said 11-year-old Christian Kuhn.
The boys don’t want to take all the credit, they say this stack of gifts wouldn’t be possible without the community’s donations.
“And honestly I really couldn’t ask for a better community because we got help from friends, neighbors, and even strangers during a difficult crisis like this,” said Michael.
They say it just goes to show you’re never too young to act like Santa.
“One of our goals is to inspire kids to help because we think kids can make a difference in the world,” said Sheldon.
For more information go to kids4acause.org.