At Just 11 He founded a Non-Profit to Help the Homeless

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Ethan Hill has done more to help his community than many will in a lifetime. The sixth grader is the founder of Ethan’s Heart, a Birmingham nonprofit that provides direct care to address the needs of the city’s homeless population. Through the program, Ethan and his supporters have provided hundreds of care packages for individuals experiencing homeless, but it all started when Ethan met Mr. Marcus at the age of 6. 

“Five years ago, I met a nice man who lives under a freeway near my school,” Ethan told Southern Living. “I didn’t understand why he was there, and I wanted to know what he would do when it got cold or snowed. I asked my mom and dad if I could use my Christmas money that year to buy him things that he would need. I ended up making five or six survival buckets for him and the other people under the freeway. That touched me and I have been figuring out ways to help ever since.”

January 6, 2022

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