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9-year-old San Francisco girl raises money for homeless kids

Josue Torres

Many see homeless people in the streets and although they may feel bad for them, at the same time, they might also think that homelessness is not their problem. That was not the case for Danny, who decided she could start doing something about it.

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Danielle Evans preparing her chocolate cupcakes.Mariela Evans

Danielle Evans, or Danny as her family calls her, is a 9-year-old girl living in Nob Hill, as she says, since she can remember, she’s been "wondering and worrying" about homeless people.

She explains she “can’t understand how no one is doing something to help them out.” Her parents say they explained to her how they do receive help from the government and officials, but for Danny, that was just not enough.

Being a child of an immigrant, she understands the struggles that many people go through. Her mom taught her that everyone should have a roof over their heads, and food on the table. Danny didn’t know much about homeless people, but having lived in San Francisco her entire life, she’s always seen them around, and she wanted to help.

The moment she started to investigate more about it, she found out that in the U.S. there are more than 2 million children who are homeless. That was the realization that gave her a whole new perspective and made her take action, “They are kids just like me and it’s not fair they don’t get to have the same opportunities that I have,” she explains.

So she came up with a plan. From her allowance, Danny asked her mom to take her to the supermarket to buy ingredients to prepare and sell sandwiches and cupcakes.

Every day after school, she washed her hands and put on her apron. After hours of cooking, they got ready to knock on their neighbors’ doors to start offering her delicious creations.

“Some of our neighbors were a little afraid to buy because of Covid, but I assured them that I was very careful cooking and packing everything so they didn’t have anything to worry about, some of them also wanted to help us do more stuff to help the kids,” she says.

The hard work paid off and Danny was able to get $480 from her week of work.

Her mom explains that instead of just donating the money directly to a charity, she wanted to get herself the things kids need and take it directly to them.

“She’s always heard all the difficulties and problems I had to face when I moved into the country as an immigrant, and for her, to feel like she can actually do something to ease the situation that these kids are living is the best feeling in the world,” said Mariela Evans, Danny’s mom.

She got PJs, toys, crayons, and healthy snacks. Her parents were so proud that they also contributed some more so she was able to get extra things.

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Some of the things Danielle donated to the kids.Mariela Evans

“Most of us didn’t have to think whether we needed a home or not, we just had it. Homeless kids on the other hand struggle so much and that is what they’re always thinking about, their families couldn’t support them and now they’re growing up in this sad situation,” Danny says.

This week they went to different shelters to hand the goodies to the kids, her face when she met them, “was a mix of joy and sadness, she was very happy to be able to help them out, but at the same time she knew that their situation is serious and a one-time thing was not gonna change it,” said Patrick Evans, Danny’s father.

With the support of her parents, Danny is in the process to start her own organization to provide direct support for homeless kids.

“They deserve to have everything all the other kids like me have, and I’m going to work to make that happen,” she said.

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