Vote early, vote often: Truckee girls up for $5,000 grant from Pepsi to help the homeless |

Vote early, vote often: Truckee girls up for $5,000 grant from Pepsi to help the homeless

TRUCKEE and#8212; A group of teenage girls from Truckee are finalists in the Pepsi Refresh competition which gives away millions of dollars each month to fund refreshing ideas that change the world. Katey Hamill, Wendy Whitley, Taylor Fiddyment and Courtney Pomeroyand#8217;s idea, called Zipped in Love, is to create 1,000 food and basic hygiene care packages for homeless people.

Zipped in Love provides a way to fill the needs of homeless people as well as fulfill the communities desire to give to those in need. The idea began when the girls participated in a similar activity during their youth group to help the homeless. After realizing the impact of the care packages, the four girls pooled together their own money to create 300 Zipped in Love care packages which they gave out to friends, churches and people in the community. The bags are intended to be kept in cars, backpacks and offices so that when a person sees someone in need they can provide them with a care package.

The Pepsi Refresh project accepts 1,000 entries each month in four different grant categories, $5,000, $25,000, $50,000 and $250,000. Zipped in Love was accepted into the $5,000 grant category for the month of September. Once accepted, the idea is voted on by the public for one month and the top 10 ideas with the most votes receive grants to get their ideas off the ground.

Each Zipped in Love care package consists of food, water, a flashlight, clean socks, a rain poncho, and basic hygiene items like toothbrushes and bandages.

Each individual can vote for Zipped in Love once a day for the month of September. To vote for Truckee girlsand#8217; Zipped in Love, visit

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