11yo Ruben Martinez Starts #ElPasoChallenge To Honor Shooting Victims
Reuben Martinez challenges people to do 20 "random acts of kindness," one for each of the lives lost in the El Paso shooting.
Reuben Martinez III was devastated by the shooting in his hometown of El Paso, Texas, which took the lives of 20 people.
The anxious 11-year-old was having trouble coping with the tragedy, and even asked his mom, Rose, if they could have their groceries delivered rather than have to go out shopping.
So, Rose asked her son, "Why don't you go think of something that you can do to show everybody that El Paso's good?" And the #ElPasoChallenge was born.
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
Reuben challenges El Pasoans to do 20 "random acts of kindness," in honor of the 20 lives lost in the shooting.
Some examples he wrote out:
"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."
ABC-7 at 10: Ruben Martinez is helping bring back smiles in the wake of the tragedy that took place Saturday. His #ElPasoChallenge is going viral. Ruben's generosity is so desperately needed.https://t.co/Q6MNtEoYV1 pic.twitter.com/c2465zoKRo— Mauricio Casillas (@MauricioABC7) August 5, 2019
Reuben's first good deed was to take food to the first responders.
El Pasoans were quick to take up the challenge, which has now spread across the country.
I live in Buffalo, NY & I'm gonna do this too!— pÅ!ñ+€Г???? (@Alice23802230) August 5, 2019
After the #ElPasoShooting, 11-year old Ruben Martinez had an idea.— Muhammad Lila (@MuhammadLila) August 6, 2019
For each victim killed, he would commit a random act of kindness.
When others found out, they joined in. People are now doing it across America.
Goodness can be viral, too.#elpasoCHALLENGE
I am not from El Paso but like many of you I am hispanic & Spanish is my 1st language.The hateful rhetoric directed by Trump empowering hate needs to be stopped. I stand up with you and commit to the 20 acts of kindness. I hope #elpasoCHALLENGE takes over the country. Much ❤️— jo c ???????? (@summerprj) August 5, 2019
"He has such a beautiful heart," says Reuben's dad, Reuben Jr. "I'm so proud of him."
This is the type of energy we need in our nation right now, to counteract the hate and heal the wounds.
Don't stop at 20, raza. Let's make this #ElPasoChallenge our new way of life.