Blankets for the Homeless
Adam Gomez, Jr., of Claremont, California, is a young man with a big heart. When he saw where homeless people slept in Los Angeles – on bare floors, on cardboard, on public benches – he knew he had to help. “It was hard to believe that we have a roof over our head and blankets to sleep with,” said the 13 year old, “and others were not as fortunate.”
When he decided to collect blankets to donate to homeless shelters as part of a school project last year, his entire family became involved. His parents, Amway Independent Business Owners Adam and Vicky Gomez, and his sister and younger brother helped distribute flyers in their neighborhood and at school, asking for donations. They collected more than 50 warm, soft blankets and, as a family, delivered them to an appreciative group of people. “We hope we can do this every year and multiply it by 100s,” says Adam.
“I just want to make a difference,” he said, “for we are very fortunate.”
This past spring, Adam joined 15,000 other young people in Seattle for the first We Day in the U.S., an event co-sponsored by Amway North America. We Day is a unique celebration of the power of youth to make a difference.
Amway, a strong believer in the responsibility of all of us to be good citizens in the communities where we live and work, awarded Adam and one of his parents an all-expenses paid trip to We Day, in recognition of her exceptional community service.