During my senior year in high school, I worked on my Girl Scout Gold Award project. My project was entitled H.A.N.D.Y. and stands for Helping Adolescents' Needs During the Year. I worked with the Department of Homeless Services in downtown Rockford, the Girl Scout office of Rock River Valley, and Guilford High School. H.A.N.D.Y. started in November where we had a month long clothing drive. At the Department, they have a closet that houses clothing so the homeless of Rockford can get new clothes for each season. The problem I saw was at the closet, there was a children's section, a women's section, and a men's section. There was no teenager's section and being in high school, I noticed that the way you are dressed could make a big difference on your high school years. Teenagers that are homeless already have a hard enough time with not having a home, so I thought they should at least have clothing choices. Our clothing drive was centered for teenager's clothing. During the two weeks of Christmas Break, we seperated all the clothes and had so much that we had to put some away to put out later. My car was filled up completely with clothes for three trips: the trunk, the back seat, and the passenger's seat. It was amazing. Then in January we used money that was donated to us through a grant from In Youth We Trust to buy more shelving for the Department of Homeless Services. They have a closet to store out of season clothing and we installed shelving and gave them containers to put the clothing and tag them until needed. We also bought a brochure holder for their information packets and a book shelf to store books that they gave to small children. Then in February we held a month long toy drive to collect toys. The toys went to the Department so parents could give their toys on birthdays and Christmas. It was especially good because the toys had to be diverse and have a limited number of pieces. The toys they had already were okay but all the dolls were white, and not everyone is white. Also, the toys couldn't have many pieces because the children didn't have anywhere to store the pieces. During the whole time of the project, I also had volunteers from my high school come with me to go through the closet to take old and dirty clothes away and then drove the old clothes to the Salvation Army.