When Children Make a Difference
“I have met very few hearts that are so kind.” – Father Pedro Arrupe Not long ago, a call...
“I have met very few hearts that are so kind.” – Father Pedro Arrupe
Not long ago, a call came into Homeward Bound from a student at St. Francis Xavier School. The student explained that her 7th grade class had been assigned an Arrupe Project and she had selected Homeward Bound as her beneficiary of choice. When asked for more information about the Arrupe Project, the student explained that it was a challenge assigned to them in religion class – one that encouraged each and every student to find a creative way to help end inequality in their community.
Pretty soon, another call came in. And another. In the end, seven students had selected Homeward Bound for their Arrupe Project and were eager to begin their journey to support families with children fleeing lives of homelessness and domestic violence. The students each came up with a unique fundraising idea and used the funds to purchase items needed desperately by Homeward Bound families.
The projects were darling, indeed – one student tie dyed headbands and socks; another organized a car wash; one even raised $800 selling homemade rubber band balls to his fellow students. These children became mini entrepreneurs and proved to all of us that you are never too young to make a difference in this world.
Not long after the projects ended and the funds were raised, Homeward Bound received an exciting influx of supplies, including utensils, dishware, sheets, sunscreen, water shoes, cleaning supplies and hygiene products. The students proudly delivered these items themselves, many staying on for a tour of the facility.
In a gracious email, one student wrote “It was so amazing to see what Homeward Bound does and I am so glad I chose to work with you. It was very informative and we [my family and I] left the tour saying how we wanted to come back soon to volunteer and work with the kids or to somehow help out.”
It is the end result of engagement that keeps us energized here at Homeward Bound. We love when children come to us with their fresh ideas and boundless energy, ready and willing to help however they can and excited to do more, even when their assignment is complete. In a day and age where children are given little credit for their ability to put others before themselves, the Arrupe Project has become the perfect example of the kind, generous and innocent spirit of children.
Thank you to all of the St. Francis Xavier School children who worked so hard to make a positive change in their community – you are an inspiration to us all!