Heart for the homeless

CARING: Dylan Vandertuuk (middle) has received $100 from the Youth Advisory Committee to fund his care packages for the homeless. He is pictured with YAC members Zoe Ritchie and Alex Giumelli.
CARING: Dylan Vandertuuk (middle) has received $100 from the Youth Advisory Committee to fund his care packages for the homeless. He is pictured with YAC members Zoe Ritchie and Alex Giumelli.

To say Sunrise Christian School student Dylan Vandertuuk has a big heart would be an understatement.

At just 10 years old, he’s put all of his pocket money into purchasing items for packages to be handed out to the homeless in Whyalla.

When asked why he decided to start making the bags, Dylan responded simply – ‘I like helping people in the community’.

The packs, which are divided into male and female, have a variety of ‘essentials’ inside including water, shampoo, tissues, wipes, toilet paper, a toothbrush, toothpaste, shaving cream and cutlery.

Centacare Whyalla will be distributing the 12 packs to the homeless around town. Dylan will also be including toys in future packs. His teacher and a number of his classmates are supporting the project.

In support of Dylan’s project, the Whyalla City Council Youth Advisory Committee have donated $100 to fund more packages for the homeless.

YAC member Zoe Ritchie, who was previously a student at Sunrise, said she had tears in her eyes when she found out about Dylan’s project.

“It was really good to see someone as young as (Dylan) helping homeless people,” she said.

By the end of the year Dylan’s hoping to have enough funding to put together a family package for a male, female, and children.