I didn’t write about the tragedies that occurred last weekend because, to be honest, I didn’t have words. So much loss of innocent life. It’s hard to wrap my head around all of it. Then I heard about the El Paso Challenge and I knew I had to share it.
After 22 people were killed in the mass shooting at a Walmart in his home city, an 11-year-old boy is determined to help. Ruben Martinez is the creator of the #ElPasoChallenge, a social media challenge asking people to commit 22 good deeds honoring those that lost their lives.
According to his mother, Ruben was afraid to go to stores after the shooting and asked her to find a delivery service instead. She explained that “we could not live in fear and that people in our community are caring and loving.” She told CNN that she “Told him to try and think of something he could do to make El Paso a little better.” Thus lead to the birth of the #ElPasoChallenge.
In his first act of kindness, Ruben took food to the first responders stationed outside of the Walmart. In an interview with KVIA, Ruben said, “We can make the world a better place. El Pasoans are loving, caring and are willing to do anything to help out.”
So, I challenge all of you to do at least one act of kindness today. Do something to make someone else smile. It doesn’t have to be big. It doesn’t have to cost anything. Kind words go a long way. Let’s make the world a better place ourselves.