May 21, 2008

Nash's Heroes

Last Saturday, the girls and I participated in the 10th annual Hillcrest Walk for the Homeless. We were on one of the youth teams--the youth group split up into two teams, one captained by Nash High, and the other by his sister Katrina--called Nash's Heroes.

Nash is a graduating senior. Instead of an elaborate graduation party involving foods and gifts, Nash invited friends and family to join him on the walk, donating their graduation money to Hillcrest's work of transitioning homeless families to self-sufficiency. Everyone was surprised at the pre-walk festivities, when Nash was recognized as the top fundraiser, and his team as the top fundraising team. The picture above shows Cotton Sivils, director of Hillcrest, presenting Nash-- in a "heroes" cape--with his award.

That evening, was Lee's Summit North's graduation, also in Independence. Nash figured the 3 miles walk was more than enough and gave his cap and gown to another graduate in need. He did take a picture in front of the building where graduation was held.

When I graduated high school, I loved the monetary gifts. It was one of the first times I'd had a "surplus" of spending money and enjoyed spending it all on stuff that has long since been forgotten or given away.

Nash dared to live out the dream of another world, where we all have enough and are called to help each other, and for this reason, Nash is one of my heroes.

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