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11-year-old boy creates #ElPasoChallenge

Jonna Miller
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Courtesy Rose Gandarilla
Ruben Martinez decided to start the #ElPasoChallenge. The 11-year-old is challenging people to do 22 good deeds or acts of kindness in memory of the 22 killed in the mass shooting at a Texas Walmart.

Shaken to the core by the killings in an El Paso, Texas, Walmart, an 11-year-old hometown boy — Ruben Martinez —is trying to bring some light to this horrifically dark event.

ABC.com reports: “The day after the shooting, when Ruben began to ask his mom (Rose Gandarilla) even more questions about why the shooting happened and what he could do to help, Gandarilla challenged her son to think of an idea that would ‘show the kindness of El Paso.’ Nearly 30 minutes later, Ruben, an incoming sixth-grader, emerged with a notebook full of ideas. At the top of the notebook he had written out a hashtag, #ElPasoChallenge.”

And the seeds of kindness were planted. The boy’s challenge is for people to do 22 good deeds or acts of kindness in memory of the 22 killed in the mass shooting.

Jonna Miller is a Tribune-Review features editor. You can contact Jonna at 724-850-1270, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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