Young Activists Make A Difference At Door of Hope
by Mimi Williams
Simran in front of The Salvation Army Rady Residence.
Kindness and activism starts at any age, and at just 14 years old, Simran Saluja and a friend started The Optimism Project to bring awareness about mental health to their communities. Now in high school, Simran has organized clubs and donation drives to help collect clothing and canned goods for local organizations such as The Salvation Army. "The Salvation Army has helped so many women, children, and families- inspiring us to also make an impact on the people around us" said Simran.
Along with her classmates, friends and neighbors, Simran collected over 500+ items of clothing and unopened canned goods for the families at The Salvation Army Door Of Hope Rady Campus. "We have high hopes and dreams and I believe that our passions will help us help the people around us."
Simran and The Optimism Project are already organizing their next goods-drive at her school to collect additional hygiene products for the residents at Door of Hope.