Yesterday my heart was broken. I heard a story, from right within my own community, of a little boy who owned one pair of sneakers and one pair of cleats. As he was playing at the Boys & Girls Club yesterday the life of his only pair of sneakers died...leaving him with dirty socks as the only cover for his little feet.
The front desk lady (who happens to be my mom 😋) called the boy's mother to ask her to bring another pie of sneakers, but found out that all he had as a replacement for the sneakers were a pair of cleats.
An anonymous donor ended up bringing two pairs of shoes. Sure, they might not be the highest quality or name brand sneaker, but at least the boy will be able to play and go to school in them for a couple of months.
The reason I'm telling you this story is because I know what it feels like to want to help, to want to go out and do something, but not being sure where or how to start. You've probably heard this a few times, but you really don't have to go overseas to help others in need. If that's your calling, then great! Go pursue that dream!! I encourage you to call your local boys and girls club or Habitat for Humanity and ask how you can help.
You may say, "Lily, I'm not 18 yet!! I don't have a college degree!! I don't have money!!" I'm going to give you the most practical little tip I know right now. Let's say you want to buy a child a pair of shoes. I'm sure you'll be able to find a $7 or $10 pair of shoes out there (I'm sorta kinda a bargain shopper so don't tell me it's not possible :). If you and 19 of your friends, family, school mates, and teachers pitch in .50 cents, you'll be able to afford a $10 pair of shoes. If you and 9 other people chip in $1, then you'll have $10 for a pair of shoes. "Oh but Lily, I don't have a car to take the shoes to the boys and girls club!!" - Message me and I will pick up the shoes and take them for you.
I would also encourage you to find ways to give a hand up versus a hand out. The BGC gives children points (a rewards system based on behavior & actions) that they can use to buy things with and you can ask if the child could buy the pair of shoes versus just giving it to them.
"Give a man a fish and he will eat for the day; Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime."
"Be the change you wish to see in the world."