- Associated Press - Friday, July 4, 2014

FLINT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Not many 15-year-olds can say they spend their free time asking for personal hygiene product donations from local businesses to make care packages for the homeless, unless they care about their community as much as Flint Boy Scout Christian Williams does.

A Life scout from Troop 110 of Flint’s Water and Woods Field Service Council, Williams collected more than 3,500 products Sunday in the clubhouse at Genesee Village Apartment to make 283 personal care kits for Flint’s homeless and underprivileged residents.

The collection event was part of his community service project, the final step in the process of earning his Eagle Scout status. The kits are being donated to nonprofit Crossover Downtown Outreach Ministry.

“A lot of scouts usually build something for their community service project,” Williams told The Flint Journal ( https://bit.ly/1lqqmm9 ). “I wanted to do more than just build something. I wanted to put together these kits and build people’s spirits.”

Williams said every scout aspires to be an Eagle Scout, but not many make it. He was joined by family, friends, U.S Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint and Genesee County Commissioner candidate Bishop Bernadell Jefferson in packing the 283 kits.

“Any time you have a 15-year-old with the vision to do this kind of thing it’s something special,” said Kildee of the Carman-Ainsworth High School student.

The teen’s original goal was to make 100 kits, but donations of products from businesses and the community surpassed expectations with products still arriving at Williams’ doorstep.

Each of the kits contain snacks and personal care products such as toothpaste, a tooth brush and deodorant donated by organizations such as Kmart, the Zeta Beta Zeta Flint Chapter and Meijer, which donated the most to Williams’ cause.

Williams personally talked to local business to ask for the donations to use in his project. After taking a few weeks to check the legitimacy of his cause, he said many happily donated.

“It is fantastic for a young man to have the drive to help people like this in our community,” Jefferson said.

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Information from: The Flint Journal, https://www.mlive.com/flint

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