Charitable organizations have been hurting for the past few years ever since the economy tanked. People have less to give and quite honestly, I think we’re just a little hesitant to part with our money in case the economy doesn’t recover anytime soon. It makes it hard for some groups to achieve their missions.
Then, I run across the story of Johnny Karlinchak, an 8-year-old kid in Springfield, VA who saw a need in his neighborhood and set out to address it. You can read the entire story here: Johnny Karlinchak
A few weeks ago, a wicked storm called a derecho swept through our area and created a mess of downed trees and power lines. During the storm, a 60-foot tree fell on Johnny’s neighbor’s house. He wanted to help her with the cost of removal and repair but he only had $1.25 in his piggy bank. So, he set up a lemonade stand with a sign that said, “Mrs. Myers Building Fund” and a few days later, he had raised $1,000.
Even in a down economy, people are still moved by passion and genuine efforts to help others. Johnny had both.
Makes me wonder what any of us could accomplish with these same qualities.