A group of children showed there are still shining examples of pure hearted and unconditional love in the community.
These days it is increasingly rare to find a selfless act of generosity or kindness amidst a metaphorical vortex of money, status, power, and beauty.
However, Georgian school students surprised a struggling veteran family by building them a new house at the Ooh La La Lavender Farm in Eatonton, 75 miles southeast of Atlanta.
Navy veteran Eddie Browning and wife Cindy were completely surprised to discover the youngsters had made it their mission to put a roof over their heads.
The couple had struggled to find a stable home in the years leading up to 2017. They often stayed at filthy camps where they were exposed to the scorching sun, drenching rain, or freezing cold weather.
The then 61-year-old man and his 59-year-old partner never gave up hope. One day, their prayers were answered. Elm Street Elementary School students and volunteers built them a cozy yet solid little home with all the necessary amenities.
“I do not really have the words to tell you what we feel,” Eddie said in a video shared on YouTube.
“It is a dream,” Cindy said. “I could not believe it.”
The Brownings were overjoyed to receive a new home, and were very moved to discover the school children had sacrificed their playtime to help relieve the couple’s financial hardship.
“I would have expected it from adults but if I had known it was [children,]” Eddie said before he cried in joy.
The remarks came after the couple was handed the keys during the Georgia Tiny House Festival.
The Rome-based school started constructing the project back in 2016. However, students were unable to donate the house until they found somewhere they could lawfully erect the structure.
Fortunately, festival organizers and the farm owners offered to temporarily store the building on the rural property after learning about the Brownings’s dire predicament.
Students helped the Brownings install power and plumbing. Donors, volunteers, and corporate sponsors also helped fully equip the tiny house and bring it up to building code for the Brownings to permanently live in.
“[This] will be warm,” Eddie said according to Home Hacks. “We have been freezing to death.”
The children did not stop here. They even completed a home extension that adds a second bedroom, giving the building a total area of 248 square feet.
“We just made a little tiny house but now it turned into a huge house,” one student said according to Home Hacks.
The property has a kitchen, bathroom, two bedrooms, washing machine, clothes dryer, refrigerator, and stove.
The house was eventually transported to the Brownings’s hometown of Norwood.
The initiative was so successful that every following year Elm Street Elementary School constructed a new home for a needy family.
“Tiny house, big dreams” is the project’s motto.
These students illustrated how youth can make a real difference in the world, and provide shelter with the right wisdom and heart.
Compassion can arguably have a magical effect in shattering barriers and bring people closer together.