I think nearly everybody can get behind that sentiment.
I'd like to use my post today to highlight a project I find very worthy. Lili, who blogs at Lili's Reflections, is a senior in high school this year. She has a passion for reading. And also: she realizes how fortunate she is to have access to so many books and to have the opportunity to read for enjoyment.
For her senior project, she's putting that into action. She created Books Change Lives, and you can read all about Lili's project--in her own words--through that link. She's collecting donations of books that she will be distributing to economically-disadvantaged communities (libraries, schools, community centers) in her area. I've had several interactions with Lili about her project, so I've gotten a sense of how driven and enthusiastic she has been about reaching out to others, even though she may have found it daunting at first.
As I've seen her efforts, I was reminded of this post by our very own Alison Miller, who talked about witnessing a moment of kindness brought about by a teen. She mentioned that people often lament younger generations, but that within those cohorts are a legion of individuals already in the habit of thinking about others and acting for the good of their fellow humans. I find that really exciting, pairing the energy of youth with the power of kindness.
So whether you choose to support Lili's project by sending a few books her way or not (she's happy to answer questions if you email her), I think it's worth smiling about, just knowing that there are young people like her, charging into adulthood determined to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
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