We adults need to start learning from the incredible things that young children can do at their age.
According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, there were over 37,000 veterans forced to endure the cold of harsh weather outdoors on any single night in January 2020. These veterans have devoted their entire lives to serving their country, but in the end, they can’t even find a place to live in peace and warmth.
Witnessing these incidents prompted elementary students from Elm Street School in Rome, Georgia, to launch a meaningful project. It is not so outlandish; they’re just talking about a tiny house for a homeless veteran.
Rather than waiting for something to happen, the elementary school students took things into their own hands.
Their initial plan is relatively simple.
Thirty-two square meters in size, equipped with sleeping bags, appliances, and propane gas heaters, comprises the first tiny house they built. It may not appear to be much, but it is a proper castle where they can rest and regain their strength for those who live on the streets.
Rosenda Cux Chan, a fifth-grade student, told FOX5 News: “Imagine someone who doesn’t have a place to live and is freezing in the winter. The house can help warm the person up,”
While looking for a place to locate the house, they realized that different areas applied different zoning laws. The house’s unique structure does not belong to the residential category, and local laws sometimes prohibit such forms.
This challenge, however, didn’t decrease the children’s motivation.
Organizers from the Georgia Little House Festival and Ooh La La Lavender Farm decided to pitch in when they learned about the project.
Help came from sponsors, donors, and volunteers before the house was completed and ready to be donated to a veteran.
Eddie and Cindy Browning are the new owners of the house.
The couple lived in Norwood in a camper. Unfortunately, the area was sharply deteriorating. It even used to get damaged by fire. Now, they will no longer have to deal with those difficulties.
The couple can now enjoy the comfort of a queen-sized bed, dine in a fully equipped kitchen, have a bathroom with a shower, and a toilet with assistive handles. They are experiencing things they could never have imagined.
The couple expressed their heartfelt gratitude, but they were moved to tears, even more, when they learned who had brought them such joy—not adult-run organizations and entities, but a group of kids who were still learning fractions, who want to change the world, one tiny house at a time.
Elm Street Elementary School representatives also stated that they would build a tiny house and donate it to needy families each year.