The Huffington Post just published an inspiring article on an incredible group of elementary school children who are creating capes to help homeless kids feel like real superheroes. The students involved in the service project are from PS 173 in Queens, New York. They are members of the Generation Kids Care Club, which has partnered with the Capes for Kids project run by Enchanted Makeovers.
Terry Grahl is the leader of the Capes for Kids initiative and hopes to inspire a sense of confidence and enthusiasm for life in homeless kids to distract from their troubled situations. Grahl had experienced homelessness earlier in her life, so she has made it her mission to instill hope and optimism in kids stuck in the same situation. She says that the children who work to make the capes are also learning important lessons about the power of giving back and empathy for those in tough situations.
This initiative was first established in 2010 and has been rapidly growing ever since. Grahl encourages any interested student groups to take part in the initiative to provide children in homeless shelters with superhero capes. Grahl’s ultimate hope is that children on both sides of the project come away with a sense of hope and dignity. She explains that in many cases, homeless children rarely get the chance to experience the fun and joy of being a child. With her Capes for Kids project, Grahl gets to see some of those homeless children have some carefree fun.