Charlie Flahive – turning challenges into opportunity and love

When Charlie Flahive found himself at his rock bottom, homeless and living at City Union Mission, he admits he wasn’t a nice guy. “I was the worst kind of person – king of the bad boys.” And then came a chance encounter in 2005 with someone who invited him to watch a movie. It turned out to be a pastor of a church, and the experience changed his life. Charlie had what he describes as a “calling from God” to turn his life around and help others.

Charlie saw other people in need and wanted to do what he could to help. He began volunteering, at the church and elsewhere.

Charlie first became aware Heart to Heart International in February from a news story about HHI sending relief to people affected by the arctic cold weather in Texas. From that, he reached out and came up with a plan to help others who are going through something similar to what he had gone through. He wanted to donate his own money to create hygiene kits to deliver to the homeless community. Charlie donated enough of his own money to assemble 105 hygiene kits.

He assembled the hygiene kits at Heart to Heart International’s headquarters in Lenexa, Kansas, and then had the opportunity to deliver them to Care Beyond the Boulevard where they will be taken out in vans for outreach camps. Charlie believes these kits can show people that “someone put this together for you because they love you, and they are sorry you’re going through this.”

“By me doing this small act of kindness, I want to start to make a difference,” Charlie said. He believes he can be an inspiration for people to serve others and show that anyone can turn their life around.

“We’ve got a lot of work still to do here.”

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