Avery shared with her parents her exciting new idea—launch collection drives and keep warm those experiencing homelessness.
Her initial idea of giving her blankets away sprouted to a community project where her school and parish in Mead, Colo. began to collect blankets for Catholic Charities. The goal is to collect 5,000 blankets after asking local parishes or local schools to host a drive.
“God has given us so much and we are so blessed,” said Avery’s mother, Tori Makela. “We just want our girls to know that giving back in whatever way possible is one of the most important things in life. I think she’s well on her way to learning this.”
Avery’s parents are among many encouraging their children to begin charitable work and make contributions to their community.
“The question (we asked our kids) was ‘What problem do you want to solve?’” Tori said. “They can be anything they want to be, but solving a problem will help us grow the Kingdom of God. When you want to Be something, shouldn’t you know WHY you want to be that person? Hopefully, you want to be a person that solves a problem to make a difference in this world.”
Avery collected 172 blankets at Guardian Angels Parish in Mead and 89 at her school in Firestone. The blankets were collected and delivered to Samaritan House shelter in Denver for those experiencing homelessness.
Avery and her sister did the drive for one of their school projects and their family volunteers together throughout the year, including Catholic Charities’ Adopt-a-Family program, she said.
“She’s a determined little girl and I’m hoping someday, she’ll be able to reach her goal and realize what good she has done in the world… on her way to being a saint,” Tori said.
For more information on volunteer opportunities, visit ccdenver.org/volunteer.
Catholic Charities picks up a truckload of blankets from Mead after Avery runs several collection drives in her community.
Avery stands near more blankets donated through her collection drive to help those experiencing homelessness.