For an 8-year-old Maryland boy, the idea that the men and women he idolizes the most could be homeless, was just too much to take. Tyler Stallings has been trying to improve the lives of homeless veterans since he was just 4 years old and has no plans of stopping any time soon.
CNN reports about Tyler's efforts to hand out what he calls “hero bags” to as many of his local homeless veterans as possible. The boy had always looked up to veterans since he grew up with a dad, uncle and grandfather who served. He was shocked to learn at the age of 4 that some veterans do not have homes. Tyler’s first thought was to ask his mom if he could build them houses, but when he realized that might be more than he could manage the boy began making “hero bags” to hand out to homeless vets.
Tyler began packing bags with items like warm hats, gloves, blanket, lip balm, a sweater, toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap, and more. He now has a GoFundMe page to raise money for the more than 3,000 bags he has passed out to homeless veterans. Tyler explains on his page, “Doing something special for veterans began after I started asking my mom why some veterans are homeless. After talking to my mom, I really wanted to help build homes for veterans but together we decided on a more realistic goal. We came up with an idea to make hygiene and grooming kits with thank you cards to give to veterans in need. I call them Hero Bags!”
While handing out the bags, Tyler gets decked out to greet vets in camouflage and a red super hero cape. Tyler’s Give Back to Veterans project has taken off in a big way and he has now raised close to $50,000 to help homeless vets. Tyler’s next goal is to start a nonprofit organization with his mom that will help homeless vets and other homeless people as well.
What do you think of this 8 year old’s Give Back to Veterans project?
Do you think local homeless vets in your neighborhood would benefit from “hero bags”?