Pay it Forward: Teen gathers care packages for homeless youth

Pay it Forward: Teen gathers care packages for homeless youth (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) Kamiya Peterson has a mission to help teens in need.

"It's hard to think that these kids don't have somewhere to go or even people to spend time with," she said.

So Peterson does a service project for them every year, called the "Teen for Teen Project."

"We actually only made 14 bags the first year," she said.

Peterson, her friends, and family make gift bags with all the essentials that teens need, like a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, shampoo and conditioner, and deodorant.

"Just things, necessities that they need, things that they need for being on the streets to keep warm," Peterson said.

She takes the bags to the Volunteers of America Homeless Youth Resource Center.

"We want to make sure everything's new and we also want to make sure that everybody gets the same sort of stuff and amount of stuff," said Peterson.

This year, Peterson hopes to do more than 100 bags.

Every expense comes out of her own pocket--with a little help.

"I've gotten my friends involved and it's a good way to just give back to the community," she said.

We want Peterson to send out even more care packages this year, so Mountain America Credit Union gave her $500 to help out.