We received a call the week before Christmas from our local paper, the Tri-City Herald that they heard what the boys were doing with the homeless bags and wanted to come interview them about it. We agreed and they came to our house on Christmas Eve. The reporter was really sweet and spent a lot of time listening to the boys and asking lots of questions. She did a great job of drawing them out, and getting to the root of why they were doing it. The article was very sweetly written and I appreciated that! Here's the pic they took and put on the front of the local page on Christmas day! They definitely felt special when Nana and Papa brought 4 copies of the paper when they showed up to celebrate Christmas with us! Here's a link to the article. This week, the boys also received a thank you note from the local Kiwanis signed by many of the members, commending them for their work! That was pretty special too!
Irrelevant and rambling side note: This whole aspect of this thing has been a struggle for me....I really want them to feel that we are proud of them and that they are making good decisions that positively influence other peoples lives...but I also want them to remain humble in the process and have pure motives. I was also raised to give anonymously and not for everyone to see, so it felt uncomfortable to receive so much feedback on it! That being said, when you're trying to help a larger scale of people and recruit others to help you do it, you have to put yourself out there. We did not have the means to do all of that ourselves. Half of the learning lesson for the boys was just being able to see how much people can give when asked. I was really blessed by their sincere awe at that. I forget sometimes that they aren't jaded and cynical like I am! :) They still think the best of people, and that will only last for so long. I look forward to seeing how God will work through them and pray that He is continually glorified in the process.