A West Shore youth who plans on giving back to the homeless this Christmas Eve has already seen a lot of support from community members.
Ten-year-old Chase Doucette began collecting donations and warm apparel last weekend. He plans to build gift bags to give out to homeless people downtown on Christmas Eve.
Doucette said he was inspired to do so after discussing homelessness with his class at Crystal View Elementary School in Langford.
Doucette’s mother, Sheryl, said he will also be collecting soft and hard food for cats and dogs since some people have furry family members that need to be fed.
Sheryl said since news has spread about Chase’s idea, EZ Lube and Car Wash on Jacklin Road in Langford has also stepped up, allowing the family to use their location as a donation drop-off spot.
“It’s going great,” Sheryl said. “We have raised almost $300, all that will go towards the Tim Hortons gift cards.”
Sheryl said they have been able to put together 10 gift bags already.
The gift bags contain a Tim Hortons gift card and items like a blanket, scarf, gloves and a toque. Chase is also looking to collect jackets to give out.
“On Christmas Eve it’s going to be very cold so I want them to stay warm,” Chase said.
Those that are interested in donating or helping can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.