Ben, a 7 year old boy, was on his way home from an Astros game and saw a homeless man with his wheelchair bound daughter on the street asking for help. Ben was really surprised that children might not have a home or the help they need. We talked about it that evening and Ben decided that he really wanted to help. As a result, he saved his money all summer and planned a visit to Star of Hope Mission before returning back to school.
Ben presented his savings to Star of Hope President, Hank Rush, and Development Staff Mr. O'Brien and Mr Powell. It was a wonderful experience because they were so grateful and appreciative for the donation but more importantly that Ben stopped, cared and did something about it. We then went on a tour of the facility so Ben would have a better understanding of why families are homeless and how his money would help them. We were also invited to give out "milk and cookies" one evening to all of the impacted families.
Ben has always been very concerned with other people's well-being. In lieu of birthday presents on his 6th birthday he asked for canned foods and held a food drive instead. He also sent money to help "find a cure" for a close friend of the family who is waging a battle against cancer. Ben's visit to Star of Hope was the first time that he really understood that homelessness is a much larger issue and how his donation is making a difference. We are grateful to the entire staff at Star of Hope Mission for their time and enthusiasm.
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help.