What can $500 do for you?

With $500, you could buy yourself a few pairs of your favorite shoes.

With $500, you could buy yourself that phone you have always wanted.

With $500, you could buy yourself concert tickets.

With $500, you could buy yourself a “perfect” prom dress.

With $500, you could take yourself on a road trip with your friends.

With $500, you could take yourself on an expensive date.


With $500, you can bring a smile to more than 12 people.

With $500, you can give a fresh start for more than 12 people.

With $500, you can give the opportunity for more than 12 people to find a new job.


Imagine all of the things you could have done today. You woke up in your cozy bed, took a shower, got dressed and went to school, work, or both. Afterwards you came home, had dinner, and went to sleep. These are all basic needs, basic needs that many people around the world do not have. Most people would agree that a day like this is just a regular, boring day. Education, family, shelter, clothes, and food are things that every person deserves. These are the things we often take for granted. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to these fundamental necessities. Many must face the harsh reality of living on the streets, feeling lost and not knowing what to do or where to go. They spend each night on a bench claiming it as their bed. As they wake up to the random chattering each morning, they have to think about which public place will allow them to clean themselves up and the uncertainty of where their next meal will come from.

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My name is Uyen Bui and I was the recipient of the “Passion Into Action 2015” scholarship and want to share my experience after winning the scholarship with everyone. With the money, I volunteered at Bethesda Cares. Along with that, I bought different items of food and different types of everyday accessories and toiletries such as white t-shirts, toothbrushes, toothpaste, tampons, soap, shampoo, and deodorant. I have learned that so many people in the world are not given the same abilities as the rest so this is why we should put every ability we were given to good use. By donating even the smallest items to those who do not have them, I felt as if I was providing them with a greater sense of self-worth. Simple accessories we may take for granted could be greatly appreciated by those who are less fortunate. Maybe the support will open a door that will give that person a chance to get a job or give them a fresh start to a new life.

Sometimes the smallest things or gestures can go a long way. Whether it is a dime or a dollar, any contribution can make a difference in a homeless person’s life. What can you do with $500?

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