April 26, 2010 at 1:46 pm , by Amanda Wolfe
Update: Have you taken this month’s Do Good Challenge yet? Have any other ideas to help the homeless in your area? Please share!
After you read the story of this Michigan interior designer, Terry Grahl, who transforms homeless shelters with a few coats of paint and gives hope to hundreds of women, we know you’ll be inspired to help a shelter in your area. Don’t have any design skills of your own? No problem. Collect toiletries like shampoo and soap when you stay in hotels for business or vacation and give them to your nearby shelter. Even better, organize a neighborhood drive for products women need, like deodorant, tampons and sanitary napkins, then create individual mini-toiletry bags to donate.
If you are crafty or creative, you can borrow some ideas from Grahl’s Enchanted Makeovers charity and sew cheerful pillows and curtains to donate to your local shelter. If the shelter is open to it, you could even volunteer to brighten up the women’s dorm with a pretty coat of paint.