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Google "Donovan Smith Soap" and you will find 4 years of hard work by this young man in an effort to help the homeless and make a difference.

While we were homeless, Donovan went to several different schools as we moved around. I decided to homeschool when we moved out of the shelter, and Donovan originally learned to make soap during a lesson to aimed to teach math and science. He really enjoyed making the soaps and giving them away. Then, people wanted to buy them. Once he realized he could make money and a difference he decided to donate a portion to the organization that helped us out of homelessness to thank them and help others. Most recently, Donovan has been seen on Facebook’s show "Returning the Favor," where he was given a retail space. There has been a huge outpouring of support with a number of people not wanting to buy soap but to simply give money to help Donovan and his mission.

There have been many BIG moments along the way, but there are two that stand out. First, Donovan got two letters from the White House weeks apart. He got one from First Lady Michelle Obama, and a week later another letter arrived from President Obama congratulating him on the 10,000 soaps he made for the homeless. The second would be when Returning The Favor gifted him the retail space to make and sell his soaps. Donovan is part of black history now by being the only African American boy to have his own retail soap store - we know of no other boys in the world who have done this.

The store means he can hire people in need. This gives them a chance, an opportunity, training, and a reference to get another job later. The store means more community involvement by holding “soap parties,” where he invites the community to come make emergency shelter soaps in large quantities in a short period of time. It means teaching homeschool groups how to make his Shelter Soaps.

Currently, Donovan has made over 20k Soaps for the homeless which go to St. Martin's shower rooms and to support homeless veterans through StandDown Albuquerque. He has hired and trained over 9 homeless/at-risk individuals at his store.

Donations given will help with Donovan’s mission of training and employing the homeless in his store and buying supplies to continue donating thousands of soaps and toiletries to local organizations in need.

We may not always know exactly what's next, but are always open to the possibilities. Thank you for your support.
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#thankful to be chosen by #GoFundMe to be part of a new podcast series they created to share “true stories of good people”. I am honored to be featured this week! Please check out my interview (link will be in my bio) and the other great interviews....be inspired to #dowhatyoucan! Incredibly grateful for the support #gofundme has given me and Kelsea Little is an awesome interviewer.


#donovandiscovers #gofundme #truestoriesofgoodpeople #interview #podcast #applepodcasts #dowhatyoucan #makeadifference
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I’m still on break but I still can help make a difference. Today I ordered 100 razors, 250 pads, 240 combs and 50 lip balms for the homeless clients at St. Martin’s HopeWorks . Because I am away from home I ordered on Amazon and they will de delivered to the shelter by next week. #donovandiscovers #hopeworks #dowhatyoucan #makeadifference #abq
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Update

Thanks to your incredible support Donovan has been able to give the most amazing gift ever.

Donovan spent the month of April giving as much as he could including hundreds of dollars in soap making supplies to a Girl Scout troop formed in Albuquerque for homeless girls and to St. Martins HopeWork to benefit their homeless clients.

But the most amazing gift of all was....Donovan was able to use the money to pay for the rent of one his employees, Mr. Anthony, for an entire year!!!!

Mr. Anthony is a very quiet, humble and hardworking employee who has dealt with chronic homelessness for years. Because of underemployment and not having credit he could never get housing. We approached our landlord and asked if she would allow Mr. Anthony to have a studio apartment if Donovan paid for the year in full upfront. It took a lot of paperwork and almost 2 months but thanks to our landlord for going to bat for this and St. Martin’s support it happened. Mr. Anthony now has his own apartment. We bought him a bed and a few followers on Donovan’s social media donated gift cards to help him get started. Thank you for supporting Donovan’s mission and for helping this life changing moment happen.

Kellie Tillerson is the contact person at St. Martin’s who helped Donovan accomplish this amazing gift.

SN - I (mom) dealt with some health complications that put me in the ER & MICU again at the VA. After that scare we decided to take a long needed break so we are traveling for a couples of months as get health and stronger. Donovan has worked hard for 5 years and has given more than enough....he also needed this break.
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Thank you for your support. All thank you gifts will be in the mail next week.
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