Do you remember Once-ler? Dr. Seuss’ character in The Lorax? Once-ler comes across a valley of Truffula Trees and Brown Bar-ba-loots and carelessly begins to harvest them. The Lorax, who speaks on behalf of the trees, pleads with Once-ler and warns him of the consequences of cutting down the beautiful trees. But the Once-ler continues…
The book is a cautionary rhyming tale, but one that teaches children about their responsibility to protect the beauty of the world. It ends with this quote: Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
The same is true for ending homelessness.
But here’s the good news: already the next generation cares, and Hannah and Anna are the proof.
Hannah, a student at Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School, decided a few weeks ago that she wanted to take up a collection on behalf of Mel Trotter Ministries. She decorated a small can and collected money “for the poor” from her teachers and her peers. The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention…
Anna attends Immanuel Reformed Church in Grand Rapids. She recently accepted the $10 Challenge to help Reuben, a man who currently stays in Mel Trotter Ministries’ homeless shelter.
What is the $10 Challenge?
The pastor at Immanuel regulary asks members of his congregation to accept the $10 Challenge. He gives the member $10, asks the congregation to “multiply it,” and then tasks the member who received the money to share it with a community group or member that needs the money.
Anna accepted the Challenge not too long ago and decided she wanted to help Reuben. Anna met Reuben a few weeks ago at Family Dollar. Her faily had stopped there on their way home from church. Reuben was there too, asking for directions to Gordon Food Warehouse on Clay Street. It was raining and cold, so Anna’s family decided to give Reuben a ride. They soon learned he was homeless and living at Mel Trotter. Anna used the $10 Challenge to purchase a few bus passes for Reuben, as well as some other items on Mel Trotter’s needs list. They stopped by the Mission not too long ago to donate the items and to pass along a letter Anna had written to Reuben too.
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not…
Praising God for these two young girls and their desire – even at a young age – to demonstrate the compassion of Jesus Christ to the hungry, homeless, and hurting in the greater Grand Rapids area.