Noah Rupp isn’t your typical teenager. Of course he likes football and spending time with his friends but he’s also on a mission to get results for those who don’t have a warm place to sleep at night.
Last year, Rupp took a trip to Asheville with his dad. The weather was cold and he noticed a man outside on the streets who appeared to be homeless.
The image is one that motivates him to help. “We were walking around Asheville and saw this guy sitting out in the cold and thought about giving him our jackets but they were not water proof,” explained Rupp, 15.
After some research online the ninth grader at Providence High School came across a small sleeping bag that seemed to be a solution.
“You can roll it up and it’s very portable which is important,” explained Noah. “We realize this is the way to help people who can’t get to the homeless shelter or find that warm place to sleep at night.”
Within no time he launched Noah’s Ark Project with the goal of giving these sleeping bags to those who are homeless. A local church invited Noah to share his project and shortly after the donations began to come in. Each sleeping bag costs $15.
The first milestone for Noah is to raise $15,000 which will allow him to place the first order of 1,000 sleeping bags. So far, he’s raised a little more than $8,000.
As the winter weather sets in, Rupp’s passion for this project is only heating up.
“It’s taught me you can’t shy away from the goals that you set. What I’m doing is here to stay,” said Rupp.
Noah needs his neighbors to help get results for those without a shelter.