Saturday, December 17, 2016

And a little child shall lead them...

Reese Russell, 7, is a third grader at Forest Park Public School in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada. About a month ago, she and her mom were in line at a Tim Horton's drive-thru when she saw a homeless man digging through a nearby garbage can for food. She started asking questions, ending with, "could we get him something for Christmas?" When mom said the homeless man probably wouldn't get much for Christmas this year, Reese decided she'd help 10 less fortunate people this Christmas. She made a video for her mom's Facebook page, expecting most responses would be from family and close friends. But has been viewed more than 20,000 times so far.

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Not only that. Elgin-Middlesex-London MP Karen Vecchio praised her fundraising efforts in the House of Commons, and local businesses joined Reese's efforts. A GoFundMe page attracted nearly $500 in 16 days. Reese now has enough deodorants, shaving cream and other useful items to hand out 100 personalized gift baskets to those in need on December 25. Donations will be spread around several local charities, but Reese's mom says, "She wants to be there to hand the baskets to the people in need. It's just what she wants to do."

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