You may have heard of Lemonade Day where kids learn to be entrepreneurs by making and selling lemonade. In one family, four sisters did more than a lemonade stand for one day. The Flagle girls, Mckaylah (12), Jocelynn (10), Azure (8) and Haven (6) continued operating their lemonade stand for the whole summer, and in the winter had a hot chocolate stand.
What would they do with all the money they collected? At first, they decided to buy a puppy, and after that, all of their proceeds would go to help those in need.
In January, Horizon House received a call from Mckaylah, the oldest sister, stating that the girls wanted to do something to help the homeless population by buying backpacks. The sisters did research and found Citypaks, a specifically designed backpack for people living on the streets. The backpacks have many thoughtful features that make life a little easier for neighbors.
The girls contacted Citypak directly and were referred to Horizon House as an official partner in Indianapolis. Horizon House had signed up last year to distribute Citypaks in Indy, but lacked the funding needed to purchase the large quantity needed.
So a year later, Horizon House received 100 Citypaks with blankets added in by the Flagle sisters. Additionally, volunteer Michell Howard picked up the paks in Chicago transporting them back to Indy to save shipping costs. This is very exciting news as this will be the first time Citypaks will be distributed in Indy!
To ensure Citypaks get into the hands of those who really need it, Horizon House Street Outreach will start distribution with those living on the streets who carry all their belongings with them.
The results so far are rave reviews from neighbors receiving Citypaks. A HUGE Thank You to the Flagle sisters for making Citypaks a reality for homeless neighbors in Indianapolis. This example shows how one person, one family can make a difference and how children can impact homelessness!