(CBS Newspath) – Christmas has arrived early at the Salvation Army’s Ruth Lilly Center for Women and Children.
Operation Blessing Bags provides residents of the Indianapolis shelter with toiletries, blankets, toys and more.
It was all made possible by IUPUI student Derek Mount.
“There are people who have nothing and it’s a reality check,” he said.
Mount was inspired to raise money for Blessing Bags after going through a difficult year brought on by the pandemic. He mobilized other students and friends to help him, raising enough money to fill 200 bags.
“I want to help people,” Mount said. “I want to show people the love of Jesus.”
The shelter helps women fleeing domestic violence, human trafficking, homelessness and more.
“They walked into a room with just a bed and a dresser, but now they have this blessing bag,” said manager Pamela Fleck.
“They were so excited and the parents so excited, because it’s not just things for the kids to do, it’s things they need,” said Stephanie Pate, Family Advocate.
The 111-bed refuge is at full capacity. Find out how to give back on the website.