Thanks for helping

Published 10:44 pm Friday, January 3, 2020

A high school sophomore in Suffolk is among the many young people proving that you’re never too young to make a difference.

Ta’Myra Freeman, 15, attends Lakeland High School, and her organization, Ta’Myra’s Helping Hands, was formed to assist the homeless and others in need.

Shortly before Christmas, she held a Christmas Blessings event at a local church, where she distributed about 80 blankets. A partnering organization, Community Angels, distributed about 75 blessing bags and 80 meals.

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“They were very happy, and blessed that somebody in the community was willing to help them,” Ta’Myra said.

In addition to blankets, Ta’Myra was handing out socks, hats, scarves and toiletries like soap, lotion, mouthwash and conditioner.

Since Ta’Myra started Ta’Myra’s Helping Hands in December 2014 — we’ll pause here to make special note of the fact she was only 10 years old at the time — the organization has given away between 200 and 300 blankets.

Ta’Myra said she first started Helping Hands when she noticed homeless people in Suffolk who were forced to brave cold, wintry conditions this time of year.

“I like to give back to my community and help others,” she said. “I’m very fortunate and blessed. I just want to spread to others that are less fortunate.”

Ta’Myra is blessed indeed, not only with earthly resources but also with something even more valuable — a spirit of helping rather than judging, of serving others rather than serving herself and of organizing rather than sitting idly by.

We applaud Ta’Myra for her willingness to help and hope she continues to do so for many more years.