Local teen makes handmade soaps for homeless shelters

SPOKANE, Wash. — Ever since he was just nine years old, one local teenager has been using his free time to make soap for those in need.

Donovan Smith has donated more than 20,000 soaps to different homeless shelters across the nation and he has a very special reason for doing so.

“I’m just a soap-making kid,” said Smith.

When describing his accomplishments, Smith chooses to stay humble.

“I try to do what I can,” he said.

In reality, he’s making a huge difference for those in need.

“I’m actually this young and I’m helping so many people at a time,” said Smith.

Every Monday, Smith spends hours in his kitchen making soap for local homeless shelters.

“Right now I’m just focusing on trying to get 400 soaps a month,” he said.

“He’s received awards and scholarships but it’s more important than anything else about how many lives he’s impacted,” said Casey Smith, Donovan’s mom.

For Donovan, making soap is more than just a hobby. This is why it’s personal.

“Nine years ago my mother and I were homeless,” said Smith.

“I think anything that impacts you the way homelessness does teaches you a lot of lessons,” Casey said.

One of those lessons: always give back to others.

“I’ve been in that situation. I know how it feels,” Smith said.

How it feels to not have something so simple, that so many of us take for granted.

It’s that impact that inspires Smith to keep making each individual soap one by one, in hopes of helping just even one more person who may need it the most.

If you’d like to learn more about Donovan and his project, you can visit his Facebook page.