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Lauren's Way

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My name is Lauren Weaver. When I was in 2nd grade, I saw a homeless man sitting on a bench in the park downtown.  Though only seven (7), this image of homelessness moved me to make a difference.  With just an idea and all of my savings ($25), I approached my parents and asked for help in purchasing the man a Christmas present.  With their matching gift and advice from The Source, we purchased daily hygiene items, socks and non perishable snacks and placed them in a shoe box.  I wrapped the box in beautiful gold Christmas wrap and delivered it to the homeless man in the park.  Based upon his reaction and true joy, this single gift became the project now known as Lauren’s Way.

With help from family, friends and the community, Lauren’s Way has become a community wide effort to make a difference for homeless and needy individuals in Indian River County.  Each year I host a canned food drive which helps stock The Source’ Pantry and collect items to make the 150+ Christmas boxes that we donate for distribution by The Source.

This year will be the 5th year of my project.  If you would like to be involved in Lauren’s Way you can help in any of the following ways:

            1)     Make a donation to THE SOURCE and reference “LAUREN’S WAY” in the memo line.  The funds will be used to purchase items for our Christmas boxes. Donations are tax deductible.

             2)     Donate in kind to Lauren’s Way any of the following items:

 Christmas Box Wish List:

Socks                 Rain ponchos             Large nail clippers             Bicycle Tire Repair Kits                  

First Aid Kits       Duct Tape                  Deodorant                        Mosquito Repellant (such as Deep Woods off)

Mylar Blankets (sold in the camping section of Wal-mart; may also be called “emergency blankets)


Canned Food Drive: 

Coffee                     Creamer                     Cooking Oil                Pancake Mix              Jelly                          

Hot cocoa               Canned Veg               Mac N Cheese           Canned Fruit               Sugar

Canned Meats         Tea                            Peanut Butter            Syrup                           


If you wish to contact me directly, please please fill out form below.

Thank you for your interest in Lauren’s Way! 

You may also visit her website at Laurensway.org to learn more.


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