Fighting Poverty with Passion
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 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.