12-year-old girl makes more than 250 care packs for homeless in Dayton

One local girl has reached out to popular retailers to get items donated to make care packs for those in need.

News Center 7's Monica Castro talked with the girl about how those donations will help the homeless this winter.

12-year-old Abriella Ruby has managed to get more than $20,000 of items donated for the care packs by emailing CEO’s of big stores such as Dick’s Sporting Goods and Home Depot.

“It’s definitely packed with a lot of stuff,” she said. “It’s pretty heavy.”

Abriella is hoping to give homeless people a bag of essentials before winter hits.

“Seeing homeless people asking for help is just really sad to me that they have to do that,” she said.

Her organization Helping Hands for Dayton plans to distribute the packs on Sunday, Nov. 24 at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Dayton at 2 p.m.

“I’m just really excited to see what their reactions going to be and if they will like the things in the care packages,” Abriella said.

In addition to these care packs, Panera Bread also donated sacked lunches for the homeless.

If you're interested in donating or volunteering, visit Helping Hands for Dayton's Facebook page or GoFundMe.

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