As adults, it’s easy to become jaded by the cruelty of the world and the unsafe place it has become for our children.
But sometimes, if we take a step back and allow our children to take the lead, our eyes can be opened to the beauty in people we often miss. Such was the case for Virginia resident Kenyatta Lewis as she watched her 6-year-old daughter, Janiyah, form a special bond with a homeless man who was crying outside of a local store.
Not only did Janiyah reach into her purse to help him with her allowance money, but she also reached deep into her heart to offer this distraught man just the dose of compassion he needed that afternoon.
Now Janiyah’s selfless act is moving millions to tears through her mom’s heartwarming Facebook post:
After leaving out of the store today my daughter did something that really made me stop and think. There was this guy sitting there crying and she asks me ” did you see that man crying? What’s wrong with him?” I said yes but I’m not sure maybe he’s just sad…She said, “maybe he’s hot and thirsty” she walked over to him and goes “hi sir be happy it’s a nice day it’s not raining. Are you hot ? Why don’t you go home the ground is dirty?” He says I have no home but I will be ok. She looked at him with the saddest face and goes “so that means you’re homeless. So you have no food because you have no refrigerator.” She gave him a few dollars out of her purse and her drink and said, “Please go eat. It would make me happy. I like McDonald’s you should go there.” I could tell she made his day. On top of that 2 more people came up and gave money as well. We had a small conversation and he explained his trailer burnt down and he lost everything including his wife. I felt for him. It just warms my heart. A 6 year old lead by example this morning. AWESOME ! Kids see no color and that’s exactly how it should be. It’s not just a statement saying that the children are our future, it’s a FACT. That gives me a little more hope for the world.
“She’s always had a soft spot for the homeless, and whenever we’re at a red light and see someone asking for money next to us, she makes me roll down my window to give him money,” Kenyatta told TODAY.
Janiyah may only be six years old, but she’s already got big plans to help as many homeless people as she can. Kenyatta helped her launch a GoFundMe page in order to raise money for other people in need around their city. The fund has already reached over half of its $1,000 goal.
Visit the website here if you’d like to help Janiyah and Kenyatta bless their homeless community in Norfolk.