Renaya Hoffman is an empathetic 8 year old. When she sees someone suffering, she feels for them. A few months ago she saw someone not doing too well, living on the street. She asked her dad how she could help. They did some research to find out who in Nanaimo helps people who are homeless. Of the fine groups and organizations they looked at, Renaya picked ICCS. The story of society founder Matthew Brown originally caught her eye, and as she learned about the society’s work to meet the needs of hurting people in her community it inspired her to ask her friends to join her effort.
“Instead of giving me a present on my birthday,” she said, “let’s help someone who really needs it.” Her friends and her dad generously responded so that Renaya was able to present Former ICCS Finance Manager Marilyn Laktin with two cheques totalling: $325.
“We are very proud of her,” Darren Hoffman said of his daughter, “We wanted her to know that you can make a difference in the world, no matter what age you are.”
People who find themselves homeless have many pressing needs. Food, shelter, clothing. Renaya’s donation will help provide some real tangible stuff, and more than that, her generous spirit and good example will inspire others to do the same.
Thanks Renaya, your compassion gives us hope!
Think what a great world it would be if everyone cared for their neighbour like Renaya does.