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Generosity Shown Through Boys Town Family

From Left to Right: Jacob Enke, Avery Ruhter, Josie Enke  and Austin Ruhter.

"It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving".  
-Mother Teresa           

No matter the size of the donation, big or small, it is the love behind it that holds inherent value. Lon and Marie Ruhter, Boys Town Nebraska Family-Teachers, have worked to instill the importance of generosity in their children ​Austin, age 6, and Avery, age 4.   With summer in full swing, Austin and Avery set up a lemonade stand with a few of their friends from the neighborhood. But rather than dividing the money amongst them, the children decided to give the money to a cause that hit close to home.

The children added up their hard earned $26 and headed to the Boys Town Gift Shop to donate the money back to Boys Town. When asked why they wanted to give the money to Boys Town, Austin matter-of-factly answered “To thank everyone here for what they do.”

“Let’s face it, most kids that earn a little money will want to buy toys or candy,” said Mary Huard, Manager of the Gift Shop. “I think it is heartwarming that these kids wanted to help other kids, and donated their earnings back to Boys Town.”

Marie Ruhter wants her children to grow up seeing the affect Boys Town has on the lives of children and families. She and her husband love the Boys Town mission and know that so many lives would not be impacted by Boys Town without the support of many.

Marie said, “As a Family-Teacher, I have been able to see the many good things Boys Town does that might not be possible without the generosity of those who support the mission here.”

The Ruther family has been impacted positively by Boys Town in many ways but Marie thinks most importantly it has given her children an understanding that though families come in all shapes and sizes, at the core of their family is love.