In keeping with Olagbegi, his household has at all times finished service for the neighborhood. Since he was a younger youngster, the Olagbegis would serve meals to folks in want each month. After Olagbegi was identified, the household needed to put a few of that service on maintain. Make-A-Want Mississippi’s Linda Sermons informed WLBT: “We had been excited that is our first philanthropic want in our 20+ years of the chapter within the state—an enormous milestone for us, but additionally that is the primary meal that Abraham is ready to serve.” Make-A-Want helped Abraham Olagbeli start Abraham’s Desk.
For one yr, on the third Saturday of each month, Olagbegi’s desk shall be arrange in Poindexter Park, and can present meals to at the least 80 unhoused people. Olagbegi informed WLBT: “It’s only a blessing to see folks getting fed. After I go away, I’m going to really feel joyful.” The Washington Submit studies that “numerous donors and sponsors, together with native church buildings and companies” will present the meals.
Make-A-Want started again in 1980 when the Phoenix, Arizona, neighborhood round a 7-year-old youngster, Christopher James Greicius, who was dwelling with leukemia, made his dream of being a police workplace come true shortly earlier than he handed. Since that point the group has arrange chapters everywhere in the world, fundraising and granting the needs of youngsters dwelling with very severe well being points. These needs could be something from being Batman for the day and saving a U.S. metropolis from the unhealthy guys, to signing a single day contract with a Main League Baseball group and enjoying with the group.
It wasn’t till 2018 that being homeless in Mississippi turned technically authorized. Like many locations throughout the nation, not having a house and asking folks for assist remains to be principally unlawful. The truth is, Jackson, Mississippi, the place Olagbegi is doing his finest to struggle our nation’s sins, has made most actions related to the unhoused in opposition to the legislation. CNN and CBS by no means point out that. Advocates say that Jackson’s unhoused inhabitants is round 2,000. Additionally not talked about.
Jackson’s homelessness is reported on as a drawback infrequently. Often these tales point out that since solely church buildings appear to do something in the best way of making housing and different sources, unhoused people are bumming out native companies. A a lot bigger effort should be made to assist a Jackson, Mississippi, the place roughly 1 our of each 77 persons are unhoused.
Progressive Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba has tried to create packages that may serve the twin goal of public service with employment for the unhoused, however significantly extra must be finished. Lumumba, having proven the fundamental human decency of recognizing the unhoused folks in his neighborhood, can be combating in opposition to the truth that surrounding municipalities appear to spend their sources transporting and dropping off their unhoused residents in Jackson.
Abraham Olagbegi is an effective individual. I might level out that he’s a higher individual than Gov. Tate Reeves who, within the poorest state within the nation, determined to cancel federal unemployment assist provided by the American Rescue Plan Act. However saying somebody is a greater individual than Reeves is much like saying water is moist and the solar is shiny. It’s the supply of the unhoused issues going through not solely Jackson, Mississippi, however the remainder of the nation that’s lacking from this “really feel good” story. That must be a giant a part of CNN’s excellent news story.
You possibly can examine CNN’s historical past of “The Good Stuff” tales that get introduced with zero social context over at neighborhood member SemDem’s story about it right here.
Here’s a information report of Olagbegi’s story.
And here’s a quick reminder of how Make-A-Want began.