“For me, I’m happy to tell people about my experiences or provide options for them to donate close to home — shelters, local churches, etc — if they don’t want to send me their toiletries,” Sturdevant said.
Jim Trotter, an NFL reporter for ESPN, loved the idea and began mailing his toiletries to Sturdevant, who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. The items are combined with other donated goods and given to those in need as part of an initiative between Lighthouse Covenant Fellowship and Vallejo Together that provides haircuts, supplies, food and more to the local homeless population.
“Since then I’ve tried to remember to collect items to donate,” Trotter said. “I’m not always successful — I’m forgetful at times — but I do try. I travel at least 30 weeks out of the year as an NFL reporter, so the supplies usually add up quickly.”
Not only are these toiletries and other donations helping out the local community, but Sturdevant’s efforts are reaching places like Pangasinan, Philippines. Last year she took all of her toiletries and put together more than 50 bags to be distributed in the village where her grandmother lives.
Other members of the sports media industry are fond of the initiative and appear to be onboard.