HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – If you’ve ever wondered if one person can make a difference, we have an inspiring story for you. And the best part, it’s a high school junior who’s behind it all.
Leila Bond is a junior at Grissom High School this year. Last year she helped organize a book drive for a number of local agencies. With her passion fueling the project, the school collected 1,500 books.
Bond says she called the Huntsville Downtown Rescue Mission asking what they thought she should do next, since the book drive went so well. Bond says, “I thought it would be great to do something like that again. And they said baby supplies because it runs out so quickly.”
Since the beginning of this school year, the focus has been on baby supplies. Her enthusiasm has inspired others to get involved too, including the General Electric Women’s Network. After a week of GE collecting everything from diapers and baby wipes to clothes and car seats, the delivery was Friday afternoon, and was an enormous boost for the women and children at the Downtown Rescue Mission.
“This has really been a theme throughout this whole project is that they`ve been trying their hardest to better their lives,” according to Bond. “And in a situation where you don`t have a stable job or a place to live, you really need all the help you can get.”
Wise beyond her years, Bond has found a need and filled it.
Bond says, “It`s really inspiring because they`re trying to have better lives for them and for their children.” Bond adds, “They need help and they deserve it because they`ve been trying really hard.”
If you’d like to help donate baby supplies, you can drop off donations at the front office at Grissom High School.