Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Where There is a 'Will', There is a Way

Written by: Will Templin, Guest Contributor

Hi, my name is Will. I am 12 years old, a student
at Pittsburgh Colfax and I like helping people.

Last year, I raised over $3,000 for victims of the tsunami in Japan and for a family in Tuscaloosa, Alabama who lost almost everything in the tornado that destroyed much of their town. After that, I realized there must be a need here in Pittsburgh. When I learned of East End Cooperative Ministry, I was surprised to see how many people were in need of help in my own neighborhood, so I started trying to figure out what I could do to make a difference. The things I have done are not big by themselves, but I believe if everyone does something, no matter how small, it can add up to something huge and make a difference.

In December, I contacted friends and asked them to donate new hats for EECM’s Men’s Homeless Shelter. We collected over 20 hats and some gloves.

In February, on Valentine’s Day, I purchased boxes of chocolate hearts to give to people who were coming to have lunch at EECM’s Soup Kitchen. I enjoyed seeing how happy people were to get candy. I also printed off a Bible scripture and taped it to the back.

Also in February, I gathered up a group of friends from school to cook dinner for guests at EECM’s Orr Compassionate Care Center. We served hotdogs, chili, and made ice cream sundaes for the men and women who were there while they recovered from a recent hospital stay before they went home.

In April, my mom took me to EECM’s Soup Kitchen for ‘Take Your Child to Work Day’. I purchased ice cream bars and gave them out with the Soup Kitchen lunch.  And just last month, I raised $120.60 by selling water and Oreo Cookies outside Mellon Park before the Bach, Beethoven and Brunch concert. It was a hot day and many people were happy to buy some ice cold water since the money was going to help people in the East End.

I am sorry that people here have a need,
but I am glad EECM is here to make it a little easier
for those who need help in our community.

1 comment:

ann said...

Hey Will... great job giving to the communities you care about near and far! Proud of you! (Aunt Ann)

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