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Christmas Miracle Delivers Goal of Tiny House for Homeless Mom and 4-year-old

Amazing things can happen when people choose to unite out of love.


via Good News Network

The Christmas charity campaign supported by Good News Network reported some very good news yesterday —a last minute donation that organizer Brice Royer called a Christmas miracle.

An anonymous donor’s contribution of $4,455 pushed the campaign over the top to reach its $25,000 goal.

The catalyst for the generous donation was a tiny offering earlier this week: a man who had very little money of his own gave his last dollar to the campaign. Royer says Lou Jenkins from Chicago gave the smallest donation possible – $1 – but it may have been the most meaningful.

“That’s my last dollar in my account. But I know what it’s like to stay in a shelter… I can’t imagine what it would be like for a child,” he wrote on the pledge page.

News of the heartfelt donation then inspired someone to step out of their comfort zone and give nearly $4,500. They left this message:

“I felt inspired by that man who gave his last dollar. He gave 100%. My donation isn’t my 100%, but it’s pushing my comfort zone. Generosity is contagious. What if you also give outside your comfort zone?”

We all have blocks preventing us from giving. ‘I already give enough to local charities. I’m busy. I need to save money for myself and my family. My donation is too small to make a difference. Poverty can’t be solved. People should solve their own problems.’ We can’t change the world with these thoughts.

Credit: Good News Network

Credit: Good News Network

This fundraiser isn’t like anything I have seen before. What strikes me is the level of tenacity and kindness in those who have so little and yet give so much.

Congratulations to all who donated and to Francesca and Charlotte who will now have a home to live in while helping to start a pay-it-forward housing program.

 

Francesca, who was going to have to move out of her women’s shelter in February, was overwhelmed in Vancouver, B.C. when she realized the goal had been reached.

“OMG, thank you Good News Network for all that you do. I can’t believe my eyes when I woke up to this wonderful news.”

It was the generosity of people throughout Canada, the U.S., and elsewhere, that lifted the dream of a nonprofit tiny home community off the ground.

Royer had other good news this morning about progress toward that end. “A local bank expressed interest in funding the project for a tiny home community. They see this as a ‘high impact’ project. This might be an exciting partnership in the future!”

Please share this positive news and comment your thoughts below!


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