The Make-a-Wish Foundation is known for bringing to life the requests of children facing terminal or potentially life-threatening illnesses.
While these kids absolutely deserve the attention and wish fulfillment, one very special teen in Mississippi used Make-a-Wish as an opportunity to give back to his community.
13-year-old Abraham Olagbegi, who was born with a rare blood disorder, recently underwent a bone marrow transplant that successfully treated his condition.
In addition to that good news, he also learned he was eligible for a grant from Make-a-Wish. “I remember we were coming home from one of his doctor appointments and he said, ‘Mom, I thought about it, and I really want to feed the homeless,’” Abraham’s mom, Miriam Olagbegi, explained to CBS News.
“My parents always taught us that it’s a blessing to be a blessing,” Abraham told the outlet. So, one day in Jackson, Mississippi, the family and local businesses teamed up to hand out food to about 80 of the city’s homeless.
Make-a-Wish will partially fund them through August of 2022 when the family plans to continue as their own nonprofit: Abraham’s Table.
Underneath the group’s name is a Bible verse, Psalm 34:8: “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”
Abraham deserves credit for taking the opportunity of a lifetime to serve his community and launch an initiative that will give him experience as a leader and organizer at such a young age.
“It was a great day of fellowship and community, all thanks to Abraham’s selfless wish ‘to give.’ Abraham’s wish will be continued for the next year on the 3rd Saturday of each month. If you are interested in volunteering or donating, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org,” wrote Make-a-Wish Mississippi on Instagram.