College student uses $600 of her unused meal plan money to feed and care for homeless community in St. Louis
June 20, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Maya Nepos had only a few days left before graduating from college at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, when she realized she had $600 worth of unused meal plan money left. Nepos didn't have in-person classes during the pandemic and therefore didn't utilize her meal plan much.
Nepos created care packages that she personally delivered to homeless individuals in St Louis, adding masks and hand sanitizer as to protect against Covid.
Nepos hand delivered about 40 packages to people in need the first two days of her journey.
"I actually was so focused on trying to make the donations stretch and finding deals on non-perishable food items that I actually forgot to buy my own groceries that day," Nepos said.
Darryl is looking for a job, specifically in the service sector, Nepos said.
Nepos ran out of care packages for Darryl on her second day of deliveries so she bought him a Shake Shack burger and fries.
Darryl's story has connected with Nepos's TikTok followers so much that they donated money to buy Darryl gift cards to shops such as Subway.
Nepos said she even convinced Darryl to get the Covid-19 vaccine.
Darryl at first was unsure, but he agreed to get the vaccine if Nepos joined him at this appointment, she said.
Darryl also a needed a phone number to register for the Covid-19 vaccine, Nepos said.
Nepos said she thinks the government should fund and operate more programs to support homeless people like Darryl.
Instead of sitting in building and saying homeless people can come here and get help if they need, (they) need to be proactive and offer a hand up," Nepos said.