On the 15th of each month, for nearly 15 years, Michael Swaine, a college art professor in Northern California, wheels his old fashioned sewing machine into one of the toughest and poorest neighborhoods in San Francisco.
Why would he ever do this you may ask? His only purpose is to help others, many of them who are poor or homeless, by sewing their ripped clothes for free.
Michael’s kind actions have made him many friends in the community. And his caring has inspired many of the residents.
Michael’s efforts are a great example of doing something positive, right now, with whatever talent you have. He is a living example of a famous quote once said by Theodore Roosevelt: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
Check out this very inspirational video that tells Michael’s story:
- Visit the National Center for Childhood Poverty to see statistics about childhood poverty in the United States
- Read more about the Tenderloin District in San Francisco
- Check out stories of other inspiring people featured on IMK who show caring through their actions
- Here are some inspiring quotes for kids about caring and empathy
- Watch other inspiring videos from InspireMyKids about people who are helping to fight poverty
Topics for Discussion:
- What character traits does Michael Swaine exhibit?
- What impact is Michael having on the people of the Tenderloin District?
- Do you know anyone like Michael?
- Do you have a talent or interest that you could use to help others?
- Kidscanmakeadifference.org provides a long list of ways you can take action to combat poverty
- Do you like to sew? Would you like to help others? Here are a few organizations that need your help!
- My Brothers’ Keeper Quilt Group sews sleeping bags for the homeless
- We All Sew features several patterns and ideas that can be used to provide clothes for the poor and homeless
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.