At first, Nepos decided to start a challenge on TikTok to her almost 330,000 followers to see how quickly she could spend the $600 in two days from her campus store. Nepos had amassed a large following as a self-described social justice and political advocacy creator.
Nepos bought snacks from a campus market but soon realized she wouldn’t be able to eat all the food. She started giving it to those in need.
Nepos created care packages that she personally delivered to homeless individuals in St Louis, adding masks and hand sanitizer as to protect against Covid.
Nepos hand delivered about 40 packages to people in need the first two days of her journey. She documented her deliveries and the video has gone viral, with more than 7 million views, according to Nepos’s TikTok account.
She tried to make sure the packages included nonperishable food that could be easily consumed.
“I tried to be more cognizant of their situations and be realistic of the resources they (homeless individuals) had with them,” she said.
Nepos’s followers began to donate money to Nepos electronically via Venmo and PayPal to help her create and deliver more care packages.
A total of $746 was donated. Nepos bought packaged fruit and vegetables, other nonperishable food and even feminine products such as tampons.
“I actually was so focused on trying to make the donations stretch and finding deals on non-perishable food items that I actually forgot to buy my own groceries that day,” Nepos said.
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