Amazing Kids! Magazine

Amazing Kids! of the Month – March 2014 – Joshua Williams

Joshua Williams, Amazing Young Activist
By Kasey Dallman, AKOM Writer

 

Quote of the Month

“I believe my mission in life is to help those who are less fortunate.”
-Joshua Williams, 13-year-old activist

Joshua Williams, Amazing Young Activist

Joshua Williams believes that it is a blessing to give back to those who are less fortunate. In fact, he has been helping others since he was only 4-years-old. Now, Joshua has his own non-profit organization, Joshua’s Heart Foundation, where he has made it his goal to stomp out hunger worldwide!

We are extremely excited to introduce Joshua as our March 2014 Amazing Kid of the Month! Keep reading to find out more about Joshua’s mission, how he is stomping out hunger, and what you can do to help.

Joshua Williams, 13-year-old amazing young activist

Joshua Williams, 13-year-old amazing young activist

Stomping out hunger one meal at a time!

After seeing a commercial on TV that showed children who were starving and living in poor conditions, Joshua knew he had to do something. At the time, he was only 4-years-old. However, that didn’t stop him!

“There are some basic things in life that well all need to survive,” Joshua said. “Food is one of them.” In the United States alone, 1 in 6 children go hungry daily.

With a $20 check from his grandmother, Joshua donated the money to a homeless man on the streets. “It felt good. I was happy I was able to help that man.”

Joshua’s one act of kindness inspired him to do even more! His family and friends helped collect, purchase, deliver and distribute food to people at his church that were less fortunate.

Now years later, Joshua is 13, and his mission to feed the hungry has grown into a non-profit organization. Called Joshua’s Heart Foundation, the non-profit strives to stomp out world hunger and break the cycle of poverty.

Joshua’s Heart Foundation has fed over 10,000 people! How incredible.

Joshua’s Heart Foundation has fed over 10,000 people! How incredible.

In fact, Joshua has fed over 10,000 people with 500,000 pounds of food in Southern Florida and Jamaica. Joshua has a team of youth “elves” as young as 18-months-old who attend the distribution events and assist in sorting food items and packing bags and boxes to distribute. Joshua has also created a Junior Advisory Board and has adult volunteers who overlook and provide guidance.

“I help people because I have the ability,” Joshua said. “When I help I feel like I am doing something right. I want my foundation to become a worldwide organization, and I want to help more people and make people aware that hunger is worldwide.”

Joshua’s Heart Foundation

We love Joshua’s goal to stomp out hunger worldwide! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if nobody went to bed hungry? What’s even more awesome is that Joshua knows that even by helping one person he is still making a tremendous difference. “We can all start somewhere,” he said.

Even with a full plate, Joshua still finds time to travel throughout the country speaking to others about Joshua’s Heart Foundation. It is his hopes to inspire other kids just like you to do something to help those less fortunate. “There are families out there who just need a little help, and there are families who are fighting to survive,” Joshua said. “Imagine the world we would create if we all help one another.”

Joshua’s activism and philanthropic efforts have earned him much recognition in the community, and his resume is jam packed with prestigious awards. Just in 2013 alone he was awarded with The Prudential Spirit of Community Award, the Jamaica Consul Generals Special Community Merit Award, and inducted into the Miami Dade County Walter B. Arnold Jr., Youth Hall of Fame. In past years Joshua has received the Whole Foods Market All Star Award, the Sodexo Foundation Award, and was a regional winner of the Kohl’s Kids Who Care Scholarship, just to name a few.

“I care about hunger because helping people is my purpose in life.”

“I care about hunger because helping people is my purpose in life.”

A Bright Future

One of Joshua’s favorite parts about helping others is seeing the smiles on their faces. “I am happiest when I know that I made an impact.”

He hopes to grow Joshua’s Heart Foundation and end world hunger by continuing to educate others, involve kids like you in helping to donate food and/or deliver meals, and grow gardens in communities where less fortunate families can plant and harvest crops for themselves.

Joshua is partnered with Whole Foods Markets, which helps to maintain the distribution program in addition to making cooking demonstrations to show recipients how to make healthy meals. “Through our backpack distribution programs students are able to sustain nutritious meals on the weekend when they are not able to receive their subsidized meals through the school program,” he said.

Joshua is partnered with Whole Foods Markets, and does cooking demonstrations to show his recipients how to make healthy meals out of the food they receive.

Joshua is partnered with Whole Foods Markets, and does cooking demonstrations to show his recipients how to make healthy meals out of the food they receive.

Joshua hopes to grow this program more and more every year. And stomping out hunger is just the beginning! “Joshua’s Heart Foundation would like to institute a program that will help to eliminate the impact that poverty has on our community.” He plans to do this by have educational training programs that give recipients a skill set useful for gaining employment.

Here at Amazing Kids Magazine we can’t wait to see what Joshua’s future has in store. In the meantime, you can help him out! “My greatest need for my organization would be to receive donations so we can help more people and improve our programs to help people.”

Visit Joshua’s website to learn more about his amazing organization and how you can help! Also make sure to check out Joshua’s blogs listed below:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/09/11/following-my-purpose

http://blogs.sodexousa.com/hunger/tag/joshua-williams/

Joshua leaves us with one last bit of inspiration. “I believe that I am in the world not so much for what I can get out of it, but for what I can put into it. What about you?”