Posted by Jack
Sixth-grader Ruben Martinez wants to hold up posters, pass out flyers and promote a challenge on Facebook he thinks will help his Texas community begin to heal from a devastating shooting that claimed the lives of 22 people and injured 24 others.
He calls it the #ElPasoChallenge.
Here’s how it works: The 11-year-old is challenging each person in El Paso to do 22 good deeds for others — one for each of the victims shot and killed when a white supremacist began firing Saturday inside a Walmart.
You can mow someone’s lawn, visit a nursing home, pay for someone’s lunch or dinner, donate to families in need, write someone a letter and tell them how great they are, hold the door for everyone, take flowers to someone in the hospital or leave a dollar on the vending machine for the next person, the young boy suggests, among other ideas in a list of “kind acts” examples.
I think Ruben has a great idea. It wouldn’t hurt any of us to take a moment, reflect on our life, our giving and our taking. Think about how being kind to others has made us feel and perhaps added just a little bit more to our value as inhabitants of this earth? Our time is short here – we should try to do it right.