In the winter of 2016, Nicole and two of her children encountered a gentleman who was homeless, while sitting at a stop light. Nicole handed the gentleman a donation, before the light changed. As the gentleman walked away, Kingston and Nia asked if it was anything more they could do. The children went on to talk about how God calls them to show love and do for others.
Later that evening, the children asked if they could make bags, to hand out to the homeless. They asked to go to the store and buy a few things to put into bags. Nicole took them to the store and together they purchased travel size toothbrush sets, wet wipes, soap, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, granola bars, and small bottles of water. When they returned home to sit and bag the items, Nia saw the empty baby formula containers that Nicole was collecting to recycle. Nia asked if they could fill those instead of bags, so that the items would be better protected. So they filled the formula containers and then made a post on Nicole’s Facebook page about their initiative called “Love Bins”. Friends on Nicole’s timeline began to comment on the post, inquiring if they could get a few “Love Bins” to have in their car and pass out, while others wanted to donate items and/or money to purchase items to fill the bins. Unbeknownst to Nicole, this would later be the start of Love is a Verb.