Chase Hansen is a CEO for a nonprofit, has met with church and government authorities, and organizes service events to lift and empower those in his community. And he's 9 years old.
Because of his love of superheroes, Chase and his father, John, found ways to be real-life superheroes in their community, founding Kid Labs to empower children and others to build their communities.
Just last month, Chase helped feed over 250 people in a family shelter a delicious pancake breakfast to provide a little light and hope.
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Recently, Chase shared an article explaining why he created Kid Labs and how we can all better follow our Savior to love one another:
"One day, my dad and I were walking around in the Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City and I saw some people sitting on the sidewalk who looked like they were struggling. I asked my dad who they were and he told me they were homeless people. I told him, 'Dad, we have to find a way to help them.' So for the last couple of years we have been working on finding ways we can help homeless people in our community.
"One of the ideas we have had we call Project Empathy. The idea behind Project Empathy is pretty simple. It is to just have members of the community get together with homeless people and sit down with them over a meal to just talk. It’s a chance for a homeless person to talk to another person and tell their life story. It’s a chance to connect with others in our community who are struggling and help them feel cared for and heard. At the end of the meal, the homeless person gains trust in the other person and it helps them feel like they can move forward.
"Since we have had this idea, my Dad and I have met and talked to about 130 homeless people in Salt Lake. . . . We started to see them as people just like us who had some hard things happen to them and just needed some kindness and understanding. . . . It makes me feel happy to serve people and connect with others, and I know that’s what Jesus wants me to do.
"We were inspired by superheroes to start Kid Labs, and Jesus is the greatest superhero of all. He shows us better than any other hero what it means to serve and love others.
"Jesus taught, 'If ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.' In other words, what we have done unto others, we have done unto Him, because Jesus loves everyone equally. . . .
"I believe in the Savior Jesus Christ and I know He wants all of us to have Christlike love for one another and help everybody."
Lead image courtesy of John Hansen