Conroe preteen gets creative to serve the community

2021-01-20 08:30:00


Ruth Schoppe, 12, is pictured with the little library she put together and painted for her Graystone Hills neighborhood.
1of2Ruth Schoppe, 12, is pictured with the little library she put together and painted for her Graystone Hills neighborhood.
Ruthe Schoppe, 12, collected two truck bed loads full of clothing from neighbors in Graystone Hills at the start of the pandemic.
2of2Ruthe Schoppe, 12, collected two truck bed loads full of clothing from neighbors in Graystone Hills at the start of the pandemic.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, 12-year-old Ruth Schoppe has looked for ways to continue serving the community.

Schoppe, who lives in the Graystone Hills neighborhood, is a part of the American Heritage Girls program, chapter AHGTX 1230. According to her dad, Kevin, the group focuses on faith, family, self development, citizenship and community service for young ladies ages 5-18.

With the pandemic ceasing many services, there weren’t many opportunities to serve.

So Schoppe launched a service project by doing a clothing drive in her Graystone Hills neighborhood near the beginning of the pandemic.

“There were many people who wanted to give. People were cleaning out their closets and they wanted to donate, but they didn’t know where to donate,” said Kevin Schoppe.

Schoppe arranged for her neighbors to leave their donated clothes in sacks on their front porch. She’d go by and pick them up and put them in the back of her dad’s truck.

When she had finished, there were two truck loads of clothing that she distributed to several agencies in Conroe. One of her neighbors thanked her with the gift of homemade fruit bread.

“It was a great way to go about it,” Kevin Schoppe said. “The neighbors were very thankful she wanted to help out.”

In the fall through the local library she began researching how to built a little library for Graystone Hills.

“I’ve always loved reading a lot and I thought others might enjoy the love of reading too,” Ruth Schoppe said.

She was able to order the materials online and assembled it nearby at her grandfather’s house. She painted it as a Christmas surprise for her mom.

The little library was installed at the end of the Schoppe’s driveway just before Christmas.

There’s a small retaining wall with a tree making it a pleasant place to stop and read. She also put hooks on the library for people to hang their things and a small chalkboard so people can leave notes.

“She really put a lot of thought into it and how to make it helpful for the community,” said Kevin Schoppe.