A kindhearted Texas high school graduate, who wanted to make a difference, turned her graduation celebration into a pizza party for homeless children and women at the Star of Hope center in Houston.

After graduating from Waltrip High School, Leanne Carrasco had the choice to host a graduation party or host a pizza party for the homeless. She said that it’s more important to make a difference in the lives of the homeless than have a graduation party. 

Over the years, Carrasco has volunteered at Star of Hope’s Women and Family Development Center many times. With help from her family, she gave away 90 pizzas and 400 personal hygiene bags for 200 of the center’s residents. So, each person got half a pizza and two goody bags filled with toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand wipes and deodorant. Additionally, on each plate of pizza, she served a side of corn on the cob.

The residents of the shelter gave Leanne a standing ovation and lined up to hug her.

“They (the teens) had respect for the these people. They saw them as peers,” said Scott Arthur, a spokesman for Star of Hope. “The residents saw this as a validation that people do care.”

Carrasco said, “I just want to be a blessing and show these beautiful women and children that no matter what, someone does care.”

She is planning to study nursing at Briar Cliff University in Iowa. She will most likely make a very kind nurse.

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