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Students’ actions offer inspiration | Letters | May 8

During these exceptionally difficult times there are opportunities when we experience flashes of inspiration. A recent event was one such occurrence. The overwhelming issue of homelessness was addressed with confidence, respect and amazing candor by the students at Hyla Middle School through their film benefit for the Housing Resources Board at Lynwood Theatre.

They raised over $1,600 for emergency rental assistance. These are fearless kids who studied the issue of homelessness in December and were so moved that they requested their studies on this issue continue.

After becoming more aware, they decided to act.

It’s impressive that they wanted to know more and were empowered to act on their knowledge by raising money to address the issue.

But even more inspiring is what the Hyla students were able to teach us. They came up with 10 things that we can do now to help end homelessness. They are:

Donate food, money and time to organizations like Helpline House; be thankful for what you have; don’t pity those who are homeless – give them your respect; teach others what you know about homelessness so that more people can help; buy an extra set of groceries and donate them to those in need; go to a local shelter or soup kitchen and connect with people; charge affordable rent, or share the space that you have; volunteer for organizations fighting to reduce homelessness; pay your employees a living wage; support programs that keep people in their homes by donating, now.

The interesting thing about difficult times is they have the potential to foster exceptional acts of inspiration. Hyla students taught us that we can be fearless around devastating issues such homelessness through our everyday choices.

They taught us that we can choose to do something – today.

To make a donation to HRB please go to our website at www.housingresourcesboard.org and click the “donate now” button.

Wendy Johnson,

HRB Community Outreach/Development Director

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