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When a tutor and mentor at a Houston area school found out that some of the children there were eating cold sandwiches for lunch because of overdue bills, he decided to do something about it. Kenny Thompson paid $465 out of his own pocket to ensure all the children had hot meals. He says he didn’t realize how widespread the problem was until he heard about a Utah school throwing away the lunches of students with negative balances. He discovered students at his own school were eating cold cheese or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and others avoided the lunch line completely choosing not to eat rather than face the embarrassment of not being able to afford to pay for lunch. Thompson’s wife encouraged him to follow through on his idea, but warned him he would not be able to buy the new pair of work boots he wanted. He said that was fine, and paid the entire overdue balance for everyone. Afterwards, Thompson said, “It was the best money I ever spent. It was the best gift I ever gave myself. I went onto my car and screamed.”—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

'Lunch angel' pays kids' overdue accounts at elementary school, by Danika Fears, http://www.today.com/moms/lunch-angel-pays-kids-overdue-accounts-elementary-school-2D12062213; Accessed February 6, 2014.

Romans 13:8 (ESV) (8) Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.

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