In a culture that seems steeped in entitlement and materialism there are moments of hope.
Since launching #LHX2017 we’ve help provide gear for Scout Troops here in Pennsylvania and now in Canada.
I recently was in town picking up some things from the store when a woman approached and asked; “Are you the Hike By Faith guy?” I smiled at the reference and told her I am. Living in a small community as we do people tend to know everyone or at the least know “of” everyone.
She went on to tell me the following story;
“I’m a single mother raising two boys. My oldest is 15 and pretty much a loner. He doesn’t have many friends and spends most of his time playing video games or on the computer. Last year I told him I wanted him to get involved in some activity at school or church. To make a long story short he chose the Boy Scouts that is run out of our church.
This past summer the Scout Troop went on a camping trip, but my son was not able to go. I told him I wished I could send him to camp, but we just didn’t have the money for a sleeping bag or other gear needed for the trip. He was disappointed to say the least. Joining the Scouts led to him making friends and I saw a different happier side to him I hadn’t seen in awhile.
Recently the Scout Troop went on a weekend camping trip and this time he was able to go thanks to your help through Gear Forward. They were able to supply him with a sleeping bag as well as a backpack. I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate what your organization Hike By Faith and Gear Forward are doing. My son now asks me when the next camping trip will be and wants us as a family to go camping next summer. He talks about wanting to learn more about the outdoors as well as try a backpacking trip. The other day he told me, after looking at your Facebook page, he wants to go hiking with you so he can learn more and see, as he put it, all the cool places around PA for hiking.
Please let Gear Forward and your #LHX2017 team know how thankful I am for what you’re doing. My quiet loner son is now excited to get outside to hike and camp.”
If you want to know why we, Hike By Faith, put together this #LHX2017 adventure, the words of gratitude from this mom are why. The feeling I had and still meditating on this morning from her gratitude is hard to describe. What I can tell you, giving, serving, and helping are powerful tools to silence the entitled, disrespectful and negative in our communities and culture today.
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