When I was thinking about what type of service project I wanted to do for my Eagle Scout Project, I had no idea what to do. I kept looking, and asked many people for suggestions. As you can guess, most of the teenagers I talked to told me to do any project that was easy and quick. After much thought, I finally decided that I wanted to help the homeless people of Salt Lake City. I had no idea where to start or what to do. I researched on the internet, and found out that the Road Home was a good place to go. It turned out to be a great place to help. If it weren’t for the amazing Tami Tappan, whom my mother knew from a previous project, none of this would have been possible. Her engaging personality, and her excitement to help people in need really inspired me. I met with her and she told me all about the Road Home, and what the needs there are. The one that really stuck out to me was the lack of shoes in their shoe closet. I thought long and hard about how winter is coming, and about how many times I’ve been driving downtown, and have seen people without shoes. I knew that was what I wanted to do.
To really fulfill this project, and get as much out of it as possible, I knew I needed to get my community involved. I am currently on the Corner Canyon High School football team, so one day after practice, some friends and I went around to houses in near by neighborhoods and passed out flyers about my project, and talked to people. We asked people to leave any shoes they could donate in bags on their porch. The next Saturday we went to pick up all the shoes. I had no idea I was going to get so many shoes. I didn’t know how many there were at the time, but I just wanted to drive them straight to the Road Home! I was so excited! After we got home and counted all the shoes, I ended up with close to 450 pair! There were all types of shoes from high heels to slippers. On Monday, September 15, my parents and I drove to the Road Home with Tami, and delivered the shoes. The joy I felt and still feel is indescribable. I want to keep helping The Road Home. It is such a wonderful place, and I feel so blessed that I can help people who are not as fortunate as I am! I look forward to continue serving at the Road Home in the future!
- Nick Whitworth