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Empowering Children To Change the World

A few weeks ago, our youngest daughter came to us with an idea.  An idea that centered around others, specifically those that are homeless and in shelters.  A population that MaKenna (age 12) has learned about, spent time with, and helped over the last couple of years.  Those encounters and experiences have lit a passion… Continue reading Empowering Children To Change the World

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We Are Small, But Mighty

“We are small, but mighty” is how one student in my room described the class’s acts of kindness this year.  The class was excited to learn that they are the smallest class in the building, but so far, they have raised the most money for Hearts for Riley, a fundraiser held every spring for Riley… Continue reading We Are Small, But Mighty

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A Meal With Good People

"It is nice to have people come in to spend time with us, help us, and do it without passing judgement".  These were the words spoken to us by a mother of 4 who is currently living in a homeless shelter.  It was nice to know that she appreciated us and our willingness to give… Continue reading A Meal With Good People

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Our First Book: Linnie Mae’s New Friends

As we approach the 2 year anniversary of the creation of Impact 52, it is easy for me to look back and smile at our journey.  It has been an amazing adventure that I am blessed to have had the opportunity to share with my family.  We will never know what real impact, if any,… Continue reading Our First Book: Linnie Mae’s New Friends

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Day 17: Care Packages

Day 17 of our 25 Days of Giving was all about the homeless.  We spent the evening walking the streets of the city with backpacks loaded with snacks, drink packets, and hand/foot warmers.  For two hours, we delivered the care packages to the locations these individuals call "home".  We were in the park, in the… Continue reading Day 17: Care Packages

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Day 3: Clothing Donation

Today was day 3 of our 25 Days of Giving.  The task was to make a clothing donation to a nonprofit organization, shelter, or clothing ministry.  We made a donation to Street Reach for the Homeless to help clothe the men and women living on the streets of Fort Wayne.  We have spent time on… Continue reading Day 3: Clothing Donation

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We are not Saints, We just like to Help

Our very first volunteer experience came on the streets of Fort Wayne.  Erica and I donned backpacks and hit the streets to serve the homeless of our city.  The experience catapulted Impact 52 into action and led to a year of giving and life-changing lessons.  I remember that night very well.  I was anxious and… Continue reading We are not Saints, We just like to Help

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Dinner, Duds, and Great Conversation

When you encounter someone who is sleeping on a sidewalk, covered in filth and tattered clothes, what do you do?  What do you think?  The common answer in our society is to keep walking, do not make eye contact, and hope that person doesn't follow you.  We are afraid that we will put our self… Continue reading Dinner, Duds, and Great Conversation

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Four Girls and The Rescue Mission

We recently had the opportunity to volunteer at The Rescue Mission in Fort Wayne, a faith-based non-profit organization that provides services to men, women, and children who are experiencing a homeless crisis.  We helped serve those in need during the Sunday evening meal.  The awesome thing about this week's experience was that we had a couple… Continue reading Four Girls and The Rescue Mission

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A Night on the Streets

As we drove downtown, I was overcome with many emotions.  I was extremely excited to spend time making a difference, but I was also consumed with a feeling of nervousness and anxiety.  I wasn’t sure what to expect.  We were on our way to spend time walking the streets of Fort Wayne at night in… Continue reading A Night on the Streets