Last year, aÂ homeless man approachedÂ 9-year-oldÂ Kyllon,Â his 10-year-old brother, Derrell, and their mother, Kristy Lewis-Martin,Â to askÂ them for money. Lewis-MartinÂ didn't have any cash on her, but Kyllon did have a taco. Derrell handed it to the man, which caused him to dance for joy.Â Little did they know that this special moment would prompt the feeding of hundreds of homeless.
The brothers began to noticeÂ the growingÂ homeless population in their hometown of New Orleans, and they decided they wanted to do something to help them. They brainstormed andÂ ultimately decided to pack bag lunches for those in need. This would allow them not only to give out foodâbut also to write inspiring messages of faith and encouragement on each paper bag.
Kyllon was prompted to name their organization "The Helping Lunchbox," and they've already delivered several hundred "lunchboxes" withÂ plans to do more. A local nonprofit, B.O.S.S Youth Outreach Program,Â got wordÂ of their dedication and committed to offering their support.
Lewis-Martin, saysÂ they delivered food to the homeless during the holidays last year. She expected it to end there, but her boys wanted to keep going.
âIt makes me feel awesome that I'm helping people,â Derrell told Inside Edition,Â âWe're making a change for once.â
Their story is great testament to the joy of caring for those in need, and the difference that one small choice can make.