Helping Works

Fill a suitcase for a shelter

Randy-Brenton Funk (goes by Randy-B) is organizing a S.O.S. “Share One Suitcase” promotion and sock drive for homeless shelters. No stranger to helping, Randy-B’s past promotions include a Meridian Healthy Food Drive and an Operation 4:12 Kid Food Drive, among others.
Randy-Brenton Funk (goes by Randy-B) is organizing a S.O.S. “Share One Suitcase” promotion and sock drive for homeless shelters. No stranger to helping, Randy-B’s past promotions include a Meridian Healthy Food Drive and an Operation 4:12 Kid Food Drive, among others. Provided by Michele Funk

It’s common to see people showing up at shelters with all their belongings in a garbage bag or with nothing at all.

To help out, eighth-grader Randy-B Funk has organized a S.O.S. “Share One Suitcase” and sock drive for the River of Life Men’s Shelter and the City Light Home for Women and Children.

Fill a suitcase (new or used) with new or gently-used clothing in one size, like a woman’s size 7 or a man’s XL.

Include other items such as a new toothbrush, a pillow, blanket, new socks and undergarments, makeup, etc. Throw in an extra pair of socks because shelters can always use them.

If you want to donate items for a child, include some toys and put them in a back pack.

Suitcases are being accepted through Sunday, Dec. 18, at Postal Express, 1740 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, next to the Fred Meyer shopping center.

Randy-B grew up in Maui, where he regularly brought sandwiches to the homeless. He moved to Idaho when he was almost 7 years old and his passion for helping others continues as he volunteers at Eagle Christian, participates in trash pick up, and regularly brings food and clothes to the homeless.

He believes, “Everyone can have a ministry of some kind…just do what you can.”

For questions, call 914-3793 or email mcfunk48@gmail.com.

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