Hello There! My name is Tiernan Cabot, I’m 12 years old, and I am the founder of Hartford Bags of Love. I have always been interested in giving back to people all of my life. At age 9, I was inspired by a man who told me about his life on the streets, and advice he gave me. I have always wanted to give back to my community as much as I could. I’ve worked together with my parents, and of course with the endless support from my community, we have made these bags for the last three years. Our ‘bags of love’ include items such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, soaps, socks, and deodorant. We also provide a handwritten card in every bag. We have also collaborated with local companies, such as Imperial Oil, to collect sleeping bags to be distributed during the winter months. I think that these are all important items to have, but especially the handwritten card. People are so easily lost in a situation like this. These cards have been a beacon of hope to the people who receive them, as it shows them that they are not alone. With our community’s support and donations, we have grown and gotten so many people helping out. So I cannot thank everybody enough, and I look forward to more growth as a community, and to all the people we together can help in the future!