After personally experiencing what it was like to be homeless, 10-year-old Xavier Elliot told his mother that he wished to help those less fortunate than himself.
His mother, Stephanie Elliot, was amazed when Xavier announced that he wanted to make clothing for homeless kids.
In an interview, Elliot said, “I think it affected him a lot. Losing everything, having to start all over again, and seeing all the other kids in shelters – some of them were coming in from domestic violence and all they had were the clothes on their backs. So, he saw the need for it when we were there.”
Elliot stated that she, her husband, and their three children had been displaced for nine years since her husband had not been able to receive necessary treatment for his PTSD as a disabled veteran.
The family is now settled in a home, and Elliot works by mending clothing. “I sit out in my office sewing and he keeps me company. I was actually sewing a purse one day and he said he wanted to save his allowance to make clothes for the homeless kids. I never really saw it coming.”
Xavier has already gone to a design fashion camp and will be learning how to sew the clothes he wants to make with his mother’s help.
Elliot noted that a friend persuaded her to advertise Xavier’s project, now called “Clothes for Charity by the Elliot Family,” through a Facebook page.
“I posted it there and a couple of sewing groups I’m in and it was a huge hit. I started getting emails from different news channels and we got a ton of fabric donations.”
Elliot said Xavier was very excited to continue working on his cause. “He said, ‘Do you think they’ll have outlets [at summer camp] so I can take my sewing machine?’ I told him to go and have fun.”