BYU-Idaho student creates winter bags for those experiencing homelessness

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Photo credit: Emma Harrison

A close-knit group of students gathered in a dimly lit apartment the Monday before Thanksgiving to contemplate how they could give back to those in need within their community.

After hearing an inspiring message from President Russell M. Nelson, they decided to do something kind for someone else and #GiveThanks. Victoria Chase, a sophomore studying nursing, suggested putting together gift bags for the homeless as the winter nears and it gets colder.

“As a young woman I did something very similar to this for one of my Young Women value projects, and it was something that helped me to know what I had and what I had to be grateful for,” said Chase. “I think just simple acts of kindness can make someone’s day. It’s also nice to do something for someone else without expecting anything in return.

Carissa Rasmussen, a senior studying business marketing, also wanted to contribute to this project by donating snacks for each of the gift bags.

“You don’t know how much of an impact a small act of service can have on someone else’s life,” Rasmussen said. “The winter is fast approaching, and many people are going without the essentials like gloves and hats to keep them warm. I would like to change that and contribute to as many people as I can.”

Casey Freriches, a sophomore studying family and consumer science, said it helps her think outwardly instead of inwardly.

“Right now, I think that’s what I need,” said Frerichs.

Giving to others doesn’t always require money, but showing compassion for others helps us be more Christlike. What better way to be like Jesus Christ than to give back to our brothers and sisters?

Photo credit: Emma Harrison
Victoria Chase
Victoria Chase Photo credit: Emma Harrison