Teenage Make-A-Wish Recipient Feeds the Poor

Adeola “Abraham” Olagbegi. Source: Essence

In a selfless request, Adeola “Abraham” Olagbegi, a 13-years-old bone cancer survivor, said all he wanted to see happen in his town for the holidays is for the homeless to be fed.

The Jackson, Mississippi native was initially diagnosed with aplastic anemia in June 2020, a rare life-threatening blood disorder that results from not enough blood cells being produced to support his body.

In an interview with WLBT News, Olagbegi said, “I am a person of hope, so when you come against a big mountain, you have to remember you have a big God.”

With the support of Make-A-Wish, Olagbegi and several volunteers distributed meals at Jackson’s Poindexter Park and funding has been provided to allow the feeding program to continue for an entire year.

Before his diagnosis, Olagbegi and his family fed the homeless monthly at local shelters and parks in the community. “It was always a good thing to do, and that’s what I grew up doing,” he said. “So, I go back to my roots to do what I was taught to do.”

Since Abraham’s Table started in September, hundreds of homeless citizens have had a warm and filling meal because of this kind soul’s generosity.

Make-A-Wish spokesperson Jamie Sandys said, “It’s such a beautiful example of how one kid has been able to unite an entire community. Between the businesses that have donated food and the people who have received food, Abraham’s wish has directly impacted hundreds of people at this point.”

Abraham’s mother, Miriam Olagbegi, said the experience her son has provided the family has taught them “valuable life lessons” that will impact them for the rest of their lives.

“As parents, we could only hope to raise good, God-fearing, productive members of society,” Mrs. Olagbegi told CNN. “Sometimes we get things wrong and sometimes we get things right; so it’s nice to see when things go right.”

Source: Essence