Joshua Williams - HOW One Little Boy is Making a Difference
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I was initially going to use this story as my December Perspective for The Charitable Spirit. My own happenstance redirected me. As Christmas is just two days away and as a most worthy contribution to billybuc's H.O.W. crusade, I offer this hub with the utmost pride.
As I was reading the Sunday paper on December 2nd, I came across a feature in the Parade Magazine which is a weekly Sunday supplement to the Orlando Sentinel. The Feature was called “The Giving Issue, There’s no reason we can’t put hunger out of business in America.” It actually featured three individuals who are doing their part to end hunger. What struck me the most was a one half page blurb about a little boy named Joshua Williams who lives in Miami. This little boy is a true disciple of Jesus Christ. Read ahead for his story. It will bring tears of joy to your heart and restore your faith in our youth; too many of whom are misguided and selfish.
When Joshua was five years old his grandmother gave him $20 to spend on whatever he wanted. As he and his mom were in the car on their way to church one Sunday, his thoughts were preoccupied with what he was going to buy with his windfall. When stopped at a red light, Joshua looked out the window and saw a homeless man begging for money. Joshua told his mother he wanted to give the man his $20 so he could buy some food. His mother, leery that the homeless man would use the money for booze or drugs suggested they buy him some food and give it to him. Joshua’s response was, “What if he doesn’t like what we get him?” So, Joshua selflessly rolled down the window and gave his $20 bill to the stranger.
According to his mom, from then on Joshua kept pestering her about the need to help the destitute. They began cooking meals and giving them to the homeless on Saturdays. But that wasn’t enough for this little boy who had a calling spoken to him by God.
In 2007 Joshua and his mom established Joshua’s Heart Foundation which has given away more than 400,000 pounds of food. But this wasn’t enough for young Joshua who has today reached the ripe old age of eleven! He began a backpack program where they fill backpacks with food and give them to needy school children before the weekends. This is Joshua’s favorite crusade in his foundation. His thought is that if kids don’t have to worry about whether or not they will have a meal on any given day, they are better equipped to concentrate on their school work and prepare for the future.
Joshua’s Heart Foundation now has corporate sponsors helping to keep his dream alive and spread his goodwill. They now boast 700 volunteers and have a junior advisory board over which Joshua presides. To date, Joshua is the youngest recipient of the White House’s ‘Champions of Change’ award.
This little eleven year old boy has more prowess and stick-to-it-ism than most adults. To quote Joshua, “When I look at the faces of the people we’re helping and see how happy they are, that’s my favorite moment.”
Please take the time to go into Joshua’s website. I have not been more touched by anything I’ve read than what this very young boy with an old soul is doing for the needy in America.
This little boy truly is a giant in the Humanity One World community!
Shauna L Bowling
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