DENVER, COLORADO – Simple solutions to life’s problems are often the best. They are especially impressive if they come from a 10-year-old. Hero Noah Grahl is making a lot of grown-ups and their pets very happy. He does it with one scoop of dog food at a time.
“I give dog food to the homeless kids who don’t have the money to buy the dog food for themselves,” said 10-year-old Noah Grahl.
Once a week, Noah scoops dog food into gallon-sized plastic bags to hand out to people on the streets with dogs. His family helps with transportation, and friends and fellow boy scouts help him raise the money to buy the dog food.
“At first, the story that I hear is he was using his allowance to go buy the dog food, and then he asked his mom for extra chores around the house to make more money to buy more dog food,” said Matt Wallace, executive director of Dry Bones.
Noah first realized homeless pets and people helped one another survive the streets when he volunteered for a Denver faith-based nonprofit called Dry Bones.
“We serve homeless youth and young adults who live on the streets of our city,” said Wallace.
Dry Bones is a reference to Ezekiel 37 in the Bible. The passage talks of the valley of dry bones where lives are forever changed.
At age 10, Noah picked up on that idea of helping others help themselves. Without Noah, many on the streets would not have companions, and many of the dogs may not have been rescued by the homeless.
“I would to have had to probably get rid of her. And that would have broken my heart,” said Felicia about her dog, Angel.
“He (Noah) is in school, and has homework, and he is doing this on top of that. I don’t know how he does it,” said Christina, former Dry Bones client.
“He saw this need. There are dogs taking the food off the plates of their masters and he says, ‘I can feed them dog food that’s better for them and healthier for their stomachs,'” said Wallace.
“I enjoy that the dogs are eating good, because I want to be a veterinarian when I grow up,” said Noah.