This 11-year-old has a beautiful plan to encourage kindness in his community – The El Paso Challenge
Ruben Martinez is an 11-year-old boy from El Paso, Texas, who has come up with a unique way to spread hope and kindness after two tragedies in the form of mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton shook the country this weekend.
The boy has initiated the El Paso Challenge under which he is challenging each person in El Paso to do 22 acts of kindness for others in honor of the 22 people who died that day.
“He was having some trouble dealing with what happened,” his mother, Rose Gandarilla, told CNN. “I explained to him that we could not live in fear and that people in our community are caring and loving. I told him to try and think of something he could do to make El Paso a little better.”
Since then, Ruben has been passing out flyers and posting on social media to try and help the #ElPasoChallenge spread. The 6th grader is also leading by example.
“Last night, he agreed to go out to do his first act of kindness,” Gandarilla said. “He chose to go deliver dinner to our first responders.”