“A simple post on social media ended up making a huge impact,” said O’Rourke. “A few people shared and commented, and from there, it just kind of blew up and people were quick to give what they could in response.”
Shortly after the Helping Hands donation boxes were set up, the Rodriguez family, who have two boys at the school, reached out about building a permanent structure for it.
“The decision was easy,” said Lopez. “The permanent structure keeps donations protected from weather and it feels more inviting than the plastic bins alone.”
When COVID 19 caused mass shutdowns and layoffs, Stephanie Rodriguez knew she wanted to do something to help people in need.