An 11-year-old and his mother have started a wave of good deeds by finding the light amidst dark times.
If you’ve been on social media over the last 48 hours, you may have seen someone you follow taking the “El Paso Challenge.” As CBS News reports, the challenge was started by a young boy named Ruben and his mother, Rose Gandarilla.
On August 4, the day following the mass shooting that killed 22 people, and injured more in an El Paso Walmart, Ruben and his mom took to Twitter encouraging others on social media to take the #ElPasoChallenge.
My 11 year old came to me with an idea. #elpasoCHALLENGE He challenges ALL El Pasoans to commit 20 Random Acts of Kindness. One for every person that was killed in our city’s mass shooting. Let’s get this done El Paso. @abc7breaking @kels1142 @YsletaISD @EPPOLICE @elpasoisd pic.twitter.com/pvy5Q9G4f6
— Rose (@rgandarilla99) August 5, 2019
The challenge encourages people to complete 20, which was later updated to 22 random acts of kindness. One act for every life lost in the August 3 massacre.
And in an effort to help people come up with ideas, Ruben also included a list of acts of kindness. Ruben wrote:
Purpose: To honor the people who got killed in our city.
How: I’ll honor each person in El Paso to do 20 good deeds for each other.
Examples: Mow someone’s lawn, Visit a nursing home, Pay for someone’s lunch or dinner, Donate to families in need, Write someone a letter and tell them how great they are, Hold the door for everyone, comfort someone when they are sad or stressed, take flowers to someone in the hospital, Leave a dollar on the vending machine for the next person, and any other random act of kindness.
How to convince everyone to join the El Paso Challenge: Hold up posters, pass out flyers, send it to Facebook.
This will show the world that people from El Paso, Texas are kind and care for each other.
People from all over the United States, including Instagram influencers like Cara Santana and Olivia Culpo, have joined in on the challenge.
— Kiki (@Kdoll222) August 6, 2019
And many praised Ruben for coming up with such a good idea.
One commenter wrote. “Your son is a wonderful boy who was obviously raised well. I hope everyone will pass this on by retweeting and maybe he will start a movement toward kindness in this country. Good job, Mom!”
Will you be taking the #ElPasoChallenge?