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.
Ron – You have those qualities. I saw you speak yesterday. Your passion and genuine effort to help those of us in your audience were boundless. And you are so funny! Thank you