Last Friday, I had the opportunity to talk to 400 kids (and their teachers) who believe very strongly in the now - and aren't waiting for the future.
What do I mean by that? I mean that they are busy, as they live life in school, but they aren't waiting for the future. They are making a difference for other kids and doing it right now.
I really like talking to kids who are willing to help "Right Now." Not when they get older, not when they grow up, not when they have a full time job, but right now.
They are working to help GLA have enough diapers to fill the container that we're sending from Michigan. And they are going to make a big difference in it.
Let me give you a couple of examples of what these kids are doing right now.......
- A 7th grader goes grocery shopping with Mom. They pick up a pack of diapers to buy. They get to the checkout lane and daughter says, "Mom, give me those diapers, I want to pay for them out of my own money."
- An 8th grader is playing video games when Dad gets home from work. Dad asks about his day. Son breaks away and tells dad, "We had "some guy" come tell us stories about an orphanage in Haiti." Mom says, "J, tell Dad what you are planning." "Oh yeah, I'm going to take $50 out of my savings and buy diapers to help these cute little kids."
- A kindergartner goes home on Friday and says, "Mommy, what jobs can I do to earn money?" "Dear, what do you need to earn money for?" "I need money to buy diapers for the babies in Haiti."
Those are three stories that I've heard since Friday. Three kids who are thinking about the right now. They see a need, they realize they can meet it and are doing that "Right Now."
Thank you to both of you, thank you to your teachers for giving you the opportunity and the example to give by. There are children at GLA who will be better off because of you.
Posted on Mon, February 10, 2014
by Tom Vanderwell filed under