15-Year-Old Girl is Giving Away Hundreds of Free ‘Sanitation Kits’ to Homeless People

Photos by Shaivi Shah

This 15-year-old girl is helping to protect some of California’s most vulnerable people from the dangers of the novel coronavirus outbreaks.

Shaivi Shah has rallied her fellow honor society students into helping her give away more than 250 low-cost “sanitation kits” to homeless shelters around Los Angeles.

Each kit contains hand sanitizer, lotion, antibacterial soap, and handmade reusable face masks to help homeless people stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Although the Tesoro High School student already has an impressive track record for charity work, she says that she was inspired to pursue this particular labor of love after hearing Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recent speech on addressing the state’s homelessness crisis.

“They don’t have necessities right now that are crucial to remain clean and stay germ-free,” Shaivi told CNN. “It’s important for people to step in and just do whatever they can, even if it helps just one person.”

Shaivi has since launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise additional funds for expanding her initiative outside of Los Angeles. The page has already raised more than $13,000 in nine days.

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