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Joshua Williams - HOW One Little Boy is Making a Difference

Updated on April 25, 2015
Joshua Williams, Founder and President
Joshua Williams, Founder and President | Source
Joshua is the cute little boy with the wild hair and the bigger than life heart!
Joshua is the cute little boy with the wild hair and the bigger than life heart! | Source

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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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Joshua's Story in his own words

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    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      3 years ago from Central Florida

      Nadine, thank you for giving life to this hub. I love what you have to say about Joshua. He definitely has a special and very giving soul.

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      Nadine May 

      3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for sharing the story of Joshua. He sounds very much like being an Avatar ( an incarnate divine teacher) Especially being so young.

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      Claudia, this little boy touched my heart, too. How many little kids worry about anyone but themselves? I'll check out the link. Thanx for stopping by!

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      Claudia Mathews 

      4 years ago

      Hi Shauna, this story touches my heart very deeply. Feeding hungry people is a cause near and dear to my heart and this little boy is so inspiring. What a special soul! When I first started reading it, it sounded so familiar, but I couldn't think why. Then I remembered the boy who did something similar.

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      I was very impressed by Joshua's selfless and giving spirit, Crafty. What an awesome little man!

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      5 years ago

      Wow, what a beautiful and heart-warming story. I especially like the part about the backpacks. That's something, that a little boy can think of such grand ideas!

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Remaniki, isn't he simply amazing? I agree with you. Many adults could learn a lesson or two about character from this little boy!

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      Rema T V 

      6 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi bravewarrior,

      A very interesting and touching story of a little boy who thinks and acts differently. Truly a kind and compassionate soul in this otherwise greedy and selfish world. He seems to be wiser than most of us adults. God bless him for his selfless service. Great hub and a worthy contribution to H.O.W.

      Cheers, Rema.

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Spy and Justsilvie, thank you for reading. Joshua is an amazing little boy and an inspiration to us all.

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      6 years ago

      Thank you for writing this story. What an amazing kiddo! Voted up and shared.

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      Not Found 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      really amazing Sha! thanks for writing this. very inspiring to read.

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Welcome back, Eddy! Did Santa bring you a new computer or did you get the old one fixed?

      I'm glad you like this hub; Joshua is a doll! Thanx for sharing. Every little bit helps the cause.....

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      6 years ago from Wales

      Hi Shauna and what a wonderful read; thank you so much for introducing me to Joshua;this one I have to vote up/across/share and save. I hope you had a great Christmas and are now looking forward to our New Year.

      Lots of love


    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Martie how awesome for you to have such a huge heart! I agree with you regarding the financial end. Thank goodness people are reaching out to Joshua and his cause!

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Amazing! He reminds me of my son - the Giving Spirit. Willing, actually eager, to give everything they own to whoever seems to be in need of it. But such a spirit can be controlled by financial circumstances, financial obligations and realistic and sensible partners/friends.

      Fortunately Joshua Williams was guided in the correct direction by his mother and others.

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Leslie, Joshua is quite the little man! He's a bigger man than a lot of adults I know!

      Fry, thanx for stopping by and sharing. Hopefully, it will help Joshua's cause!

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      6 years ago

      An amazing story and an even more impressive young man. Truly inspirational and touching. It reminds that there really is hope! Sharing here and there.

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      Karen Silverman 

      6 years ago

      thank you for introducing us to this amazing little man, Shauna - i don't even know what to say i am so touched!

      this boy DOES put me to shame, and yes- we can ALL do more!

      I am sharing this, dear - as i hope everyone who reads it does as well - we need to spread our OWN words in order to spread THE word!

      Amazing story amazingly told!

      I wish you so much happiness this holiday season and always, Shauna!

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Paula, what a nice touch to this story! Thank you for your amazing comment!

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      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      "And a little child shall lead them...." Absolutely inspiring and amazing!............UP+++

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Isn't he amazing, Heaven? He impressed me far beyond the two adults the feature highlighted.

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      Heaven L Burkes 

      6 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      So grrrrrrrrrrreat! Thank you for introducing him to us! He teaches us that we can do more than we sometimes think we can. Voting up and awesome!

      Many blessings to you, dear Shauna!

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Blondey and Martin, thank you for reading. It certainly gives up hope for the mindset of today's youth!

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this wonderful hero story. I used to come in contact with some of the heroes of the Children's Hospital in SAC. I was motivated.

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      Blondey Hubpages 

      6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing such a special story! :-)

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Mark, Joshua strikes such a cord; he is the epitome of H.O.W!

      Eric, my favorite Christmas song is "The Little Drumer Boy". I see Joshua as today's drummer boy. I'm glad you saw the same in him. He is a blessed soul with a purpose as deemed by our Saviour. I believe that whole heartedly!

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Oh, Kimmie, bless your heart! Joshua is so much bigger than himself. I am tickled pink that you have joined him. In all the ugliness we see in the world today, this young soul is the epitome of HOPE and offers a message we elders should take to heart!

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sorry about the link booboo. It is to the song little drummer boy. A drumming shepherd child too small to tend to a flock was chosen to beat the drums so that the shepherds and sheep could find their way to the camp for the night. Of course the ears of the sheep were better than the shepherds so they actually led the shepherd in for the night. Without the little drummer boy the sheep and the shepherds were lost. And so it is that without the love of the least of these we are all lost. Thank you God for Joshua.

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      Mark G Weller 

      6 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Amazing story, and what an amazing young man. This is what HOW is all about, sharing this kind of news ans inspiring as many as possible!


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      Sunnie Day 

      6 years ago

      I saw your hub on FB and got so excited that I forgot to write here. lol Joshua...what an amazing little man and as cute as they come! He is going to do great things in this world and has already. I joined his site and look forward to learning more about this organization that he started. Thank you for sharing. He is truly remarkable and filled with a gift of giving. Just Beautiful!

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Erickieker, I agree with your comment about children being the messengars that will guide us (if they have been chosen) but I don't know what your link is supposed to convey. If you've read the rules of HP, including links in comments is a no no.

      Don't burst my bubble. I believe in this little boy more than I believe in grown ups!

      Audrey, thank you for your comment and your belief in the human spirit!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      Wow--what a story--and what a huge heart--we should all aspire to his generosity of spirit

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I like it. But all I got to say is;^BND406^YY^US&shad=s_0048&gct=ds&apn_ptnrs=AG6&atb=sysid%3D406%3Aappid%3D235%3Auid%3D42f41cb407b20e7b%3Auc%3D1337525077%3Asrc%3Dcrb%3Ao%3DAPN10645

      In the day a shepherd boy to young to shepherd played a drum to guide those out in the fields back to camp. I little drummer boy was the beacon for the shepherds. Let it be so. Children will guide us.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Debbie, Joshua just completely blows my mind! And he's only 11! If we adults can't learn from him, we might as well curl up and die because we have not learned why we are here on this earth. Thank God for Joshua! Children are learning from him. Can we adults?

      Maria, this boy has touched my heart in a way I cannot convey. Whew! He has so much more unconditional love in his heart than most of us - and it extends to strangers whose stories he doesn't even know!

      Joshua is my modern day Little Drummer Boy!

      Joshua, if this ever makes its way to you - God Bless You! You are a true inspiration and a modern day advocate of our Lord, Jesus Christ!

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, what amazes me is Joshua, at age 5 wasnt't selfish as are today's kid. He doesn't think about his needs; he bleeds for those who are in need and he does what he can to help. I defy you to talk to 10 11 year olds and ask them what they want for Christmas. How many will think of others and how many will give you a long list of electronics their parents will go into debt to provide?

      This little boy has touched my heart. God has definitely entered his soul and Joshua has embraced Him to the enth degree!

      May we all learn from this little boy! Jesus is here today! And he has a fro!! :-)

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


      Joshua is a perfect example of The Charitable Spirit... What a touching and powerful role model this young man is for all of us.

      Thank you so much for sharing his story with us. Beautiful work.

      Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      what an amazing little boy.. yea we could all stop hunger.. if people would be like Joshua.. God bless you for writing and sharing this

      I am sharing

      Merry Christmas


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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A bit humbling, isn't it? What separates Joshua from many adults is a willingness and compassion that only the young can have. He hasn't become jaded as so many adults do. Wonderful story, Sha; thank you for bringing this to the attention of everyone.

      love to you and Merry Christmas!


    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      femme, this little boy made such an impression upon me that I saved the article until I could send out his message. He's amazing isn't he? When so much of our youth is all about me, me, me, it's refreshing to see such a young (old) soul wanting to give to others. I hope my post sends much support his way!

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      6 years ago


      Thank you for putting the article together!

      Loved the read and very happy to know about Joshua and what measures he's taking to make such a big difference in so many people's lives!



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