Wilmington 4th Grader Helps the Homeless


Okay, so this might not be film related, but this little girl is a superstar in my book and I had to let you know about her!  Her mother sent me an email this morning and I had to share!

Dear Sheila,
We listen to you every morning on the way to school, and love that you are always positive and spreading happiness and kindness (even about merging traffic from Leland!) So we thought you might be able to help. After watching a youtube video (see below) about homelessness, my (almost) 9 year old decided to take action here in Wilmington. I’ll let her tell you in her own words (below.)

“Hi my name is Leah. I am 4th grader in Wilmington, NC, and I want to help homeless people get ready for job interviews. To do this I am collecting extra business clothes and toiletries (makeup, baby wipes, tooth brushes, etc.). I think with these things, homeless people will look better and feel more confident when they are getting interviewed. Giving food and money to the homeless is a very great thing to do, but it only really lasts for a couple days. With a job they can get a lot of money every day to buy food and maybe find a home if they get a good one. I was inspired by the woman at the end of the video below, and wanted to find a way to help.

So, if you have business clothes that you don’t need any more or if you have some extra toiletries like the ones listed above or other things that you think would help homeless people might use to feel more presentable I will be at the Food Lion parking lot on South College Drive at 17th Street, every Sunday from 10:00am to 12:00pm now until Thanksgiving. Look for my mom’s big blue minivan. I’ll be there and my dog Otis will probably be there too. I hope you will donate and we can put a stop to homelessness.”

You go girl! Go Leah! We got your back! So everyone, please share this.  My heart grew 3 sizes reading this email her mother sent and I am not even remotely a Grinch!


  1. Is there an address where we can send things to Leah? I have a bunch of mini shampoos and things that I have collected over the years from traveling. I was about to get rid of it all anyway. I live in Lexington so I’m too far away to bring it to her. Thanks!

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