Sami Tachell

Samantha Tachell’s experience with homelessness influenced her decision to help those in need for her senior project at Orofino High School.

Samantha Tachell, a senior at Orofino Junior/Senior High School, experienced a brush with homelessness several years ago when she went to live with her father in Washington.

The experience shaped her decision as to what to do for her Senior Project. “The struggle of not knowing where to go next or where you would find your next meal, was a real struggle,” she shared. “It’s easy to lose hope when you can’t stand on your own two feet, it’s hard to see any light at the end of the tunnel. People were there to help me, and now I want to be part of the solution as well.”

Tachell said she would like to attend college to become a social worker after high school. “As long as I can do something positive to help others, I’ll be happy,” she adds.

She is asking the community for help in donating items to help make a difference in our community. Donations will be accepted until Jauary and every little bit helps.

Canned food soup, fruits, vegetables, canned or dried meat, packaged foods such as Cup of Noodles, macaroni and cheese, crackers, raisins, peanut butter and personal hygiene products are all greatly appreciated.

Clothing of all sizes and for either gender is helpful to include: shirts, pants, sweaters, jackets, underwear, socks and shoes. Towels and blankets that are no longer used or needed will also be welcomed.

All donations go to First Step 4 Life, a non-profit organization to help the homeless and those in need located at 155 Main St., Suite C in Orofino. For questions or concerns, please contact their office at (208) 717-3881, between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

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