Campaign for Kindness: Boy Creates His Own ‘El Paso Challenge’

A young man found a way to overcome the pain, the hurt, the anger and all the sadness after the shooting tragedy that occurred this past weekend

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This is something everyone can get behind, no matter their political affiliations or beliefs.

A young man in El Paso, Texas, is teaching others lessons about kindness, caring — and positivity.

The boy, an 11-year-old, saw people grieving and upset after last Saturday’s mass shooting and tragedy in his  — and told his family he wanted to find some way of helping people heal.

So he and his mother started what they’re calling the “El Paso Challenge.”

It’s a social media campaign that is encouraging people of all walks of life to give back to others — and to spread kindness wherever they can.

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Rose Gandarilla shared a photo of her son, Ruben, on Twitter, as CBS News noted — along with a photo of his plan for the challenge.

“Let’s get this done, El Paso,” she said, among other notes.

See her tweet below.

The purpose is to honor the people murdered in their city.

The plan is to challenge each person in El Paso to do 20 good deeds.

The boy wrote down several examples of such actions, including mowing the lawn, visiting people at a nursing home, paying for someone’s lunch or dinner — or simply telling other people how great they are.

As CBS News reported, “In about a day, more than 1,400 people were talking about the El Paso Challenge on Twitter. Nearly 3,000 people had shared his mom’s Facebook post.”

It can be done — committing kind acts toward others.

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“He seems like a really nice kid,” said a father of four based in New York who saw a TV news item about the boy and his efforts. “And he’s a breath of fresh air in this polluted political environment.”

All that’s needed is the will to do it, no matter what else is going on.

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