Before moving to Canada in 2007, 28-year-old Gracia lived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in Africa. Upon moving here, he had a place to stay, but unfortunately it fell though. But that didn't stop Gracia, and he has continued to study Liberal Science at Laurentian University, despite having no place to call home in this cold northern city.
From the moment I met Gracia, I could tell that he was an outstanding young man who does not consider himself a victim of his circumstances. He believes that each hardship, even something like a common cold, is a challenge for him to overcome - something to remind him that he has the strength to succeed in this world. In just two days of living in Huntington, he demonstrated his community-minded kindness by cleaning all of the dirty dishes in our community kitchen, which is shared by almost forty students. This is a man that no matter how little he has, is always looking to help others in whatever way he can.
With their own situations to deal with, Gracia has no family to turn to here in Sudbury. Thanks to the LAMPS (Laurentian Association of Mature and Part-time Students), he has found his way into my residence and into the arms of a new community that wants to make him part of our family.
Asking for little, Gracia has been incredibly grateful for the help he has received so far. In the spirit of the holidays, I ask that we come together to help this young man get on his feet, because I know that once he does, he will pay it back to the world tenfold.
The money raised will be used to make sure that Gracia has shelter, food, clothes, school supplies, and help him finish his degree so that he can guarantee a better future for himself.
Once the funds have been delivered into my account I will withdraw the amount necessary to pay for Gracia's residence for the remainder of the year. I will set up a meeting with the Huntington Residence Accounting office to do that. Gracia and I will work together to decide how much of the remaining funds will go towards his tuition and how much he will need for food and other essentials.
Let's make this a Christmas that Gracia will never forget! ￼
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