When I was 10 years old, I was thinking about the next Nancy Drew mystery I would read, sitting outside with friends and writing about daily events in my diary. When I was 13 years old, I was getting fashion advice from the pages of Seventeen magazines, giggling when boys walked by, and was nervous about attending high school. Talking to pre-teens and teenagers today you will often get similar responses if you ask what is important to them. However, in addition to these items, a young member of my church is helping to change lives by feeding families.
Miss Fatimah H. who lives and attends church in the Midlands of South Carolina, decided at an early age to help take care of the planet and help those in need. Sunday it was announced during service that she has fed 15 families this year; I was inspired to share her story. Fatimah shows by the responses below that with an idea and motivation we can all give back. Today is Thanksgiving and around the United States families are celebrating and giving thanks. In addition to life, love, and family, I am thankful for a young lady who believes in God’s love, caring for the planet, and giving back.
Paisley: How and when did you first come up with the project/idea for feeding families?
Fatimah: I was 10 years old when I first came up with the idea. I wanted to help others like Christ helped. So, I came up with the idea to help the planet and others by recycling cans.
Paisley: Collecting cans to sell for money is a creative idea; what made you think of it?
Fatimah: I wanted to do my part to help the planet for the future. Recycling cans helped with that as well as helped me to buy food for families.
Paisley: How many families have you fed since you first started?
Fatimah: I have fed 30 families.
Paisley: What motivates you to help feed families?
Fatimah: My love for God and His people.
Paisley: How old are you and what do want to be when you grow up?
Fatimah: I am 13 years old and I want to be a Veterinarian.
Paisley: What words of advice do you have for other young people you might have an idea to help someone in need but do not know how to get started?
Fatimah: Pray and ask God for guidance, ask your family for help then JUST DO IT.