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Fighting Poverty with Passion



Elijah Meaux, 3rd grader Metairie Academy

It never ceases to amaze me the kindness and big hearts our children have. A few months ago we had a new volunteer began at the UNITY warehouse. Chris called me on a Thursday morning to make sure he could bring one of his sons to help volunteer because his school was out on this day. This was the day I had the privilege of meeting a special little boy. His name is Elijah and he is 8 years old. Elijah jumped right in to the task at hand. He and his dad worked on fixing lamps and helping clients. This experience inspired Elijah to be a part of the solution to end homelessness. Elijah decided to develop his own Christmas project, a donation drive at his school Metairie Academy.


Elijah and Mrs. Falanga, wrapping up donation drive on pajama day ! 

Elijah went to his teacher with the idea. He prepared a speech, which he gave at an all school assembly. Elijah told his classmates, “One time at the UNITY warehouse a man came in and he needed to have something to sleep on for his new apartment. All we had to give him was a thin foam pad. Then he said, ‘It’s fine, at least it’s better than sleeping on the concrete!,'” He handed out flyers for donations needed and set up a drop off location within his school. Elijah, his brother James and their parents delivered the donations he received to the UNITY warehouse. Elijah was very proud of his accomplishments. We are very thankful we are impacting future leaders to end homelessness!  We would like to give a special thanks to Elijah, his family and Metairie Academy.


Elijah, all smiles and proud of his accomplishments!


Elijah and James Meaux with the UNITY staff





  1. Tulane VISTA
    December 26, 2016

    Kelli, this was a great post. Thanks. I enjoyed the images and the narrative.

  2. Emery Graham
    December 24, 2016

    Wonderful story. It seems that kindness blooms unexpected, everywhere and all the time. Thanks for making its appearance in the young child’s heart a good experience for him, his family, and his school community.

  3. Brianna Cunningham
    December 23, 2016

    This is a wonderful piece Kelly. I am so that your organization has something like this to be proud of. Your photos are great!

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