Target: Spencer Leak Jr., Vice President Leak & Sons Funeral Home
Goal: Thank man for aiding a little league star and his family out of homelessness
Jackie Robinson West is one of the teams in the Little League Urban Initiative, which supports little leagues in lower income urban neighborhoods. This year, Jackie Robinson West won the 2014 Great Lakes Regional Championship and advanced to the World Series. This team of 11 and 12-year-old boys inspired both Chicago and the nation, making it from the South Side of Chicago to be a serious contender in the World Series Championship. While their journey ended prematurely, these youngsters came home as winners to cheering crowds, uniting Chicago and demonstrating to the nation that no matter where you come from, you can still have a winning spirit and the ability to succeed.
Spencer Leak Jr. was on hold calling into a radio station when he heard the story of one of these young heroes and his family’s plight with homelessness. Jaheim Benton, one of the teammates on Jackie Robinson West, and his family had been homeless for the past few months. His mother’s hours at her home care job had been cut due to lack of clients and his father’s radiator technician job only offered part-time hours. This hardworking family had recently lost their home as so many have done during these trying economic times. Still, they supported and encouraged their son to continue in the little league, as they wanted to see him succeed and do well. After hearing this situation, Leak knew he had the means to make a difference and offered to pay the family’s rent for one year so they could have a home to call their own.
Leak and his family have run Leak & Sons Funeral Home since 1933 and have a reputation for their kindness and support of Chicago communities. For families in need, they have reduced fees and have even been known to occasionally waive funeral costs for families in times of both financial and personal loss. Mr. Leak could not bear to hear of this boy, who has so inspired many, to remain homeless. He hopes that his being able to provide the family a home for the next year will give them a chance to get back on their feet. Mr. Leak has been very modest about the action, as he thinks all Americans should behave in such a manner. Thank this man and his family for saving a young superstar and his family from homelessness.
Dear Spencer Leak Jr.,
Your actions for Jaheim Benton and his family are touching and heartfelt. Thank you for taking a step forward as a successful businessman and utilizing your position and success to help others, especially for a young man with such potential.
It is actions like yours that inspire and give hope. This is a truly good action on your part and I hope others will follow your lead and continue to support the bright minds and lives that are the future of this country.
[Your Name Here]
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