Charlotte’s grandparents have long supported many charities, but last year they decided to let their six grandchildren – Charlotte, her older sister and her four cousins – have a say in deciding what groups should receive support. Last year, Charlotte chose the ASPCA. This year she decided that her grandparents should give $1,000 to the NOAH Shelter.
“Seeing the homeless people in San Francisco shocked me, because I wasn’t used to that,” said Charlotte. “I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to be homeless. If I was homeless, I would want someone to help me.”
Charlotte and her father visited the NOAH Shelter. “I learned that it’s a great shelter,” said Charlotte. “People have shelter, get a meal and have nice beds to sleep on.”
Charlotte’s father, Doug McGillicuddy, said her choice of charities this year felt very personal to Charlotte. “The fact that there’s a real connection and she could see how the money was being spent meant a lot to her.”
Charlotte just started the sixth grade, but she already has an idea what she wants to do with her future. “I want to do something to help the homeless,” she said. “I’d like to run a shelter and help guide people in the right direction.”