Hello again from us all here at the OM@home blog, a blog about children and young people, written for children and young people . . . . For young people just like you, about young people who inspire us all at OM HQ.
Young people like Drew Cox . . . .
Drew, pictured with Micah and Jake, his younger brothers, is just six years old . . . . .
But when he discovered that Randy, his father, was suffering from a rare form of cancer, he decided that he had to do something to help.
One morning last month, he set up a lemonade stall on the street outside the Cox family's East Texas home . . . .
He made a sign (the message read 'please help my dad') and charged 25 cents a cup.
Before long, a queue had formed that snaked right around the block.
Friends, neighbors and relatives all turned up to taste a drink described as 'the best in town'.
It didn't take long for the word to spread, with some driving up to 70 miles to support Drew's efforts and aid Randy's cause.
'He's so important to me,' said Drew, whose appeal for help has touched hearts all over the planet. '[Such] love can come from [such] a small child and blossom into something amazing,' said Robin McDaniel, amongst those in the queue that magical morning.
Something remarkable occurred that day, because Drew's 25 cent lemonade stall raised $10,000 to go towards Randy's medical costs. It doesn't end there, though, for further donations have pushed the current total past the $20,000 mark.
The best news for Drew, Micah and Jake is that Randy's prognosis is good, and that the doctors treating him are confident that he is going to recover. Having such amazing children, he has an awful lot to live for.
Drew's tale inspired us for several reasons, and it's our hope that it might make all our readers think . . . .
. . . . about their families and the important things in life, about friends, neighbors and communities, about helping each other out and being together, and about standing up and making a difference.
The main lesson here is that size is not important, and that the smallest amongst us can make the biggest impact in this world. Just think about Drew, and then look at our OMs . . . .
Here's to a little boy with a huge heart and here's to his dad, who must be a special man indeed.