On a cold night in Richmond just over two years ago, one Mechanicsville child and his family met a homeless woman on the way to a pizza restaurant.
Camden Giroux, 12, of Mechanicsville, packs supplies in to one of 50 tote bags donated by the E.J. Wade Foundation, which will be distributed to the local homeless population.
The woman asked Camden Giroux, who is now 12 years old, and his family for a coat, but, they did not have any clothing or food to offer her and gave her money instead.
Camden said he was saddened and upset that he could not make the woman’s night a little warmer with a jacket, especially since during the short few minutes they spoke, she made an impression on him.
“She told me to stay in school,” Camden said.
So, after they ate, Camden and his family drove to where the woman in need was standing earlier that night, but she was nowhere to be found.
That night really stuck with Camden and inspired him.
Camden and his mother, Tracy Glovier, bought coats and decided to pass them out to homeless people around Richmond. The duo also passed out hats.
Their efforts to help the homeless started there but expanded after Camden heard about people buying several essential items for under $20 and packing them into bags to hand out to the less fortunate. Camden and his mother started their own version and filled backpacks with necessary things such as food and toiletry items. After a while, they put a name to their efforts — Camden’s Cause.
With this program, Camden passes out at least 10 bookbags with essential items to the homeless each time he and Glovier make a trip to Richmond. Glovier said they’ve given out at least a couple hundred bags since they started this program.
Because of Camden’s efforts to help the homeless, this year he was named one of Allen & Allen’s “Hometown Heroes,” an honor given to those who demonstrate acts of kindness or heroism.
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