They say the heart of a child is an amazing thing, and a young Cub Scout is proving that, by helping people who are facing tough times. For this week’s Romona’s Kids, we went to Stark County to find out how.
9-year-old Kaden Stepp delivers “Blessing Bags” to the Refuge of Hope Shelter in Canton. They’re full of personal hygiene items for the homeless who come to the shelter for the meal ministry. He came up with the idea while studying communities in Cub Scouts.
“There was the homeless community, and it made me sad because they can’t afford stuff,” said Stepp. “When we got home, I asked my mom if I could help the homeless, and we came up with Kaden’s Blessing Bags.”
His whole family helps pack the bags with donated items. “We put in a toothbrush, toothpaste, wet wipes, water, lotion, lip balm, soap, razors, shampoo and other items,” said Stepp.
“It’s such a great need because even when you don’t have any money, buying basic personal hygiene products is a necessity,” said Dawn Bowman, director of the Meal Ministry at Refuge of Hope.
“It melts my heart because everybody just needs a little blessing sometimes so giving them a little bit of hoe in a bag and watching my son be the one to do it, has been an amazing journey,” said April Stepp, Kaden’s mother.
Kaden says delivering the bags makes him feel happy. “It’s about me helping somebody who doesn’t have the things they need.”
Anyone can support Kaden’s cause by checking out his Facebook page.