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Brothers Make Brown Bag Lunches For The Homeless

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald Pellot graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in Writing & Popular Culture. She worked as Senior Editor of College Candy for 2 years, covering feminism, popular culture, and college life before joining LittleThings in 2015. Based in New York City, Emerald covers a wide range of topics from human interest pieces to celebrity news.

Derrell Martin and his brother Kyllon are 10 and 9 years old. Already they’ve stunned their mother with their massive hearts.

The brothers are from New Orleans, and since Hurricane Katrina, many residents were left displaced. The boys began to notice that there were more homeless people living under highways and bridges.

“I didn’t have any cash, but Kyllon had a taco and Derrell handed it to a man that was asking for money,” said their mother, Kristy. “He was so excited that he danced and showed everyone that he had the taco.”

The boys were amazed that something so small could make someone so happy.

Together, they began making brown bagged lunches with inspirational messages written on the front and giving them to the homeless. They called the project “The Helping Lunchbox.”

Kristy thought the boys were only interested in doing it during the holidays, but they’ve been consistently devoted to the project since Christmas. They’ve given out 200 lunches and hope to give out 250 more by August.

“Some were happy, some were crying,” Derrell said of the recipients. “It makes me feel awesome that I’m helping people. We’re making a change for once.”

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