The students from Brownie Troop 40055 at Franklin Elementary School have a powerful message: You are never too young to learn and practice the art of giving. 

Troop 40055 worked with an organization, Family Promise, to teach the girls about the issue of homelessness and how they can make a difference. 

The children created their own unique Houses for Change — a house-shaped collection box that are currently on display for the month of December at the Westfield Public Library. Our hope for displaying these houses is that we will increase awareness in our community of a very important issue not so far away from home. 

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Houses for Change is more than a fun arts and crafts fund-raising project. It also enables kids and families to realize that they can help the most vulnerable. 

Houses for Change is an award-winning national homelessness awareness campaign for kids with homes to help kids without. Since its launch in 2010, more than 35,000 kids nationwide have raised more than $500,000 for homeless charities in the Houses for Change collection boxes they made.

Houses for Change is sponsored by the 26-year old national nonprofit, Family Promise. Family Promise has the mission to help families experiencing homelessness and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response. 

In addition to participating in Houses for Change, Troop 40055 will collect specific items through their school that Family Promise has requested that their current families are in need of. Troop 40055 wants Westfield to know about Family Promise and that as a community we can work together to help those in need.