12-Year-Old Boy Founds Non-Profit to Help the Homeless

The man’s sign was simple and direct.

“Need money to eat, please help.”

In Los Angeles, where homelessness is one the leading issues facing the City of Angels, the placard has become almost as common as those declaring, “Stop” or “Yield.”

But the message wasn’t lost on Symond Boschetto, then just 8.

“I had like, $5 in my pocket, and I wanted to give it to him, but we had already passed him, and so I told my dad, ‘I want to help them,’” Symond said in an interview with People magazine. “And he was like, ‘Well, I can turn around and we can go give him the $5.’ I said, ‘You don’t understand, I want to help them all.’”

With his dad, Russell Boschetto’s help, Symond founded Share Hope USA, a nonprofit  “dedicated to helping bring hope, compassion and kindness to our Homeless friends.”

“He’s always been very giving, and I just had to comprehend what that meant,” Russell said about his son’s initial request. “And what it literally meant was, literally all of them, that’s exactly what he wanted to do.”

Share Hope USA conducts regular outreaches to the homeless, including food and clothing collections and distributions, as well as providing haircuts and pet grooming.

“I started this because I knew there were people that I needed to help, and I wanted to see what I could do to help them,” Symond, now 12, said.

Since his group was founded, Share Hope USA has helped an estimated 9,000 people, thanks in part to a strong network mostly built through Facebook and Twitter.

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Source: Christian Headlines