Former homeless California teen provides hygiene products for students in need

STOCKTON, Calif. - Cesar Chavez High School student Mariah Lopez has stuffed hundreds of bags with soap, shampoo and other hygiene products for homeless teens.

It's all part of Mariah's Closet, her initiative to have a designated space in schools where students in need have access to basic hygiene necessities.

“I want the students to know that they have … that, like, other people care. A lot of people care and that we're here to support them with basic needs of hygiene and sanitary needs,” Lopez said.

Two years ago, her family was homeless and sleeping out of their car, bouncing from house to house.

“Sometimes we had to get dressed, we had a storage. We got dressed at storage. And sometimes it wasn't no showers, you know, those things that we needed,” Lopez’s mother, Jeannie Yang said.

Yang said having a Mariah's Closet would have been a huge help to them during their time of need.

“When we think of homeless, we don't think of schools. We don't think of students that still have to go to school,” she said.

Lopez said she first got the idea from her school when they started a Titan's Comfort Closet on campus this year.

After collecting hundreds of donations for her own school, she partnered with Stockton 209 Cares, a nonprofit organization, and expanded Mariah's Closet to other high school campuses.

“We're trying to get to every school to have some kind of hygiene stuff or products to have for anyone that, like, really needs them,” Lopez said.

They have collected mounds of hygiene products and other items to fill up hundreds of bags.

Venture Academy and Stagg High School opened their own closets earlier this year.

“We never imagined it to be as big as it's gotten to be,” Yang said.

Now, the incoming junior has a new goal to help homeless students.

“To get to all the schools out here in Stockton,” she said.

Lopez is asking for more donations to help reach her goal of starting a hygiene closet in every school. You can click here to learn more.

Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger have tied the knot.

Schwarzenegger, 29, and Pratt, 39, announced on Instagram that they wed Saturday.

“Yesterday was the best day of our lives! We became husband and wife in front of God, our families and those we love. It was intimate, moving and emotional,” they wrote in their posts.

The couple wed in Montecito, California, a source close to Pratt told CNN.

Giorgio Armani designed both Schwarzenegger’s gown and Pratt’s suit, the couple wrote.

Pratt and Schwarzenegger announced their engagement in January after dating quietly for months.

“Sweet Katherine, so happy you said yes!” the “Guardians of the Galaxy” actor wrote at the time. “I’m thrilled to be marrying you. Proud to live boldly in faith with you. Here we go!”

Schwarzenegger is the daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger, the actor and former California governor, and broadcast journalist Maria Shriver, a niece of President John F. Kennedy. Pratt is also known for his roles in “Parks and Recreation” and “Jurassic World.”

Pratt has a son, Jack, with his ex-wife, actress Anna Faris. They separated in 2017 after eight years of marriage.

Faris offered words of encouragement on Pratt’s Instagram post announcing his engagement to Schwarzenegger: “I’m so happy for you both!”

CNN has reached out to Pratt’s representative for comment.

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