EL PASO, Texas (CBS4/KFOXT14) — A young El Pasoan is spreading kindness with the victims of the El Paso Walmart shooting in mind.
Ruben Martinez was in the sixth-grade at Wiggs Middle School when he started #ElPasoChallenge immediately following the mass shooting.
The #ElPasoChallenge was a way for the El Paso community to do 22 (now 23) random acts of kindness for the victims.
“It’s been going good. I and my mom go out once a month to do deeds,” Martinez said
Martinez is now an an eighth-grader and has created #ElPasoKind to carry on the tradition two years later.
“We want to show everybody that kindness always overpowers evil,” Martinez said
The Paso del Norte Community Foundation encourages El Pasoans to follow in Ruben’s example to uplift each other through acts of kindness as part of the County of El Paso’s month of unity and healing, July 3 - August 3.
Martinez said there are so many ways you can show kindness, including visiting the elderly in a nursing home or even holding a door open for someone.
He recently handed out roses to strangers in downtown El Paso.
With each rose, he gave a handwritten note asking people to continue spreading the love by doing a good deed or a random act of kindness.
“We were giving out roses to people as an act of kindness to remember the victims of the El Paso shooting,” Martinez said.
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