Teen Raises $12,000 to Help Needy

Thirteen-year-old Joshua LeRette has spent the past four years raising thousands of dollars for his local food pantry. He recently donated $12,583 that slowly accumulated over the years, according to ChristianHeadlines.com

The Iowa teenager started his compassionate venture in the third grade after he heard one of his classmates didn’t have food at Thanksgiving. In response, Joshua asked his friends and family to donate canned goods in lieu of his birthday presents. He was able to gather 100 cans from his request to donate to the local food pantry in Red Oak and hasn’t stopped since.

Joshua slowly built up the cash for his most recent donation with bake sales and lemonade stands. “I’ve seen people pay more than $50 for one of his pies,” his mom, Dawn LeRette said. The teenage entrepreneur has also invited other community members to donate their pies as well.

But Joshua doesn’t take in just high donations. One woman who could only contribute a dollar was allowed to choose anything on the bake sale table. “Those are the people we do this for,” Dawn said.

The motivation behind Joshua’s benevolent work is to help kids in school.

“He thinks if kids are not thinking about being hungry, they will be more focused on school,” Dawn said.

According to the Christ Cupboard, a food pantry run by First Covenant Church in Red Oak, recipients of the donated goods are often struggling to make ends meet. Many of them have low-paying jobs or don’t qualify for governmental assistance. Others are recovering addicts or recent prison charges who need help while getting back on their feet.

Police Offer A Hand Up

Police officers pay for motel room, help raise $150G for homeless teen who biked six hours to college.image

“After meeting Fred, I could tell he was a good kid,” Gordon State College Police Officer Dicky Carreker told the Barnesville Herald-Gazette. “He was a young kid who had been dealt a bad hand and was trying to make the best out of it. All he wanted was a job.”

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Peace, Teens & Tornado Pics


Encouraging Thoughts:
And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
Colossians 3:15 NLT


tornado-teanWray High School student snaps tornado selfie before prom A half-mile wide tornado north of Wray made for a unique prom night for Wray High School students on Saturday.

Officials in the town of about 2,500 near the Nebraska border delayed its prom by 45 minutes to ensure the safety of students, according to the school district.

tornado-team2Photos posted on Facebook over the weekend show a pair of formally dressed Wray students posing in front of a funnel cloud in a tuxedo and evening gown. The tornado had formed about three miles behind one of the photo-takers, according to The Weather Channel.

Student Ali Jolie Marintzer — whose mother Heidi snapped the pic of her with prom date Charlie Bator — also grabbed a selfie in which she’s sticking out her tongue while Bator shoots his own pics in the background.

The couple said they checked to make sure the tornado was not approaching them before taking the photo, according to Denver7.