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"Ninja Helps a Homeless Child," by Elliot Hoppins

Ninja in the media

Remember Elliot? He made the paper! The Greensboro Voice tells his story this month:

“I am helping the homeless, one ninja at a time,” said young entrepreneur Elliot Hoppins, whose ninja drawings and T-shirts have been available on Etsy.com since May. Elliot donates half of his earnings to people experiencing homelessness in Greensboro and has saved enough money to buy needed items for people living in the tent city near Freeman Mills.

“The whole idea of being homeless horrifies me,” he said.

Elliot thinks people experiencing homelessness are represented by his ninja drawings and that in his imagination, the ninjas always win. He thinks these ninjas symbolize a battle that is unseen because people often have internal battles they are fighting. However, Elliot also knows that in the real world, ninjas do not always win and that they can encounter setbacks.

>> Buy Elliot’s Ninja Art here!

"Ninja Helps a Homeless Child," by Elliot Hoppins

Helping the homeless, one ninja at a time!

I got the most amazing message through our StreetWatch Facebook page:

“I am the mother of a seven year old boy in Greensboro who has a new mission: to help the homeless in his community. Today was the grand opening of his Etsy Shop, Elliot’s Ninjas: Helping the Homeless one Ninja at a time. He is saving half of all sales to benefit StreetWatch and the Pathways Shelter. Today he has already had his first two sales and is inspired to keep painting ninjas for his mission. I just thought you would like to follow along with his progress. Each week I plan to take him shopping for those needs you have posted on your website and take him to the location where he can give…

This started because Elliot has been wanting to give to the panhandlers he sees in Greensboro when he’s out on the town with me. (We homeschool.) It also happened because one night, while we were eating out at Cafe Europa, he wrapped his leftover bread in a napkin and wanted to give it to a man that we had passed at the library on the way in. We told him that there are so many other ways to give, and that he should think of a different way to help. So this is what he came up with. So far, he had a very good weekend and is exited to keep going.”

From Elliot’s Etsy shop:

“[These] 4 x 4″ watercolor painting[s are part of] a series of ninja themed art by Elliot. Half of the proceeds from [each] sale will benefit the homeless that Elliot sees in his city every day.

Elliot is often out and about in his city and is deeply concerned about the quality of life of the homeless men and women that he sees every day. In his words, ‘this horrifies me.’

Elliot feels called to help by giving. When you purchase a ninja painting, you have helped a homeless person and inspired a child to keep working for the benefit of families and individuals living on the street.”

>> Elliot’s Ninja Art is available for purchase online here. His watercolor paintings sell for $3.00 each.

P.S. I can’t wait to meet Elliot! ♥

Current needs for our ministry to unsheltered homeless people: Please help!

Update: Thanks for the link love, Ed Cone!

Current Needs List: Updated Monday, 11/28/2011 Tuesday, 12-13-2011

Our current needs list (made by homeless people, with help from GPD):

  • blankets (The kind you would want if you lived outside in winter!)
  • sleeping bags
  • firewood (if you can deliver; we’ll go with you; we will continue to have a need for firewood all winter long)
  • air mattresses (twin, full or queen; real mattresses, too, if you can deliver; used is OK; we’ll go with you we now have 3 actual mattresses committed, so at this point we just need air mattresses — thanks!)
  • tarps (to go over tents; need concealment colors only, please — olive green, gray, brown or camo — no blue, orange, bright green, etc.; must be in good shape, no holes)
  • tents — any size, new or used
  • heat sheets (survival blankets; we hear they’re literally life savers!) Continue reading