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MSSU STUDENT STARTS HIS OWN FOUNDATION GIVING SCHOLARSHIPS

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Shortly after the Chicago Cubs won the world series a  post went up on the Cubs fans facebook page stating Four  free tickets to the Cubs home opener. Tell why you deserve them before December 2nd. 
    It was posted by "Lorenzogivesbackkc” but it turns out Lorenzo is living right here in Joplin.

Eighteen  year old Lorenzo Harrison took notes in psychology class at Missouri Southern State University Tuesday. But in his spare time, the guy who also serves as an MSSU  mascot has created a full blown charity. He was even featured on the Ellen DeGeneres show after giving away tickets to the World Series Kansas City Royals season home opener via a facebook post.  

Harrison said, “We chose a winner, Emily Davis, her son had been battling cancer for some time. We went ahead and gave it to him." 

That brought national attention.

Harrison said, "I don’t know how people got my number.  It was just like ‘Wow, this is something I need to be doing.’ "

The acclaim helped him launch his foundation. @Lorenzogivesbackkc. 
The organization hosts concerts, workshops and more to raise money to give back.

Lorenzo said, “I just want it to spread all over the country."  


Lorenzo had the idea to give scholarships when he was just fifteen and  those who work with him now say he's wise beyond his years.
Tammy Buckner is a fellow church member in Kansas City. She serves on the board of directors for the Lorenzogivesbackc foundation. She said, “He came up with the idea for a free concert that would bring in donations from different organizations, people and  utilize that money to give back in form  of a scholarship for other people doing the same thing he was, or attempting  to do things in the community.”  She also said Lorenzo asked questions she would expect from business individuals not a teenager. 

His supervisor in the MSSU Communications office Scott Meeker was surprised to learn of Lorenzo’s philanthropy and said when he learned about it, he told Lorenzo he was hiding his light under a bushel. Meeker added its good for students on campus, "to have someone who’s there with a hand out  to help other people.  I think is just a great  example for everybody." 


So how does a teenager become  an events producer and finance them? Lorenzo said, "My own pocket. I don’t know how. It’s faith. Giving back and seeding it to something that was God given to me."   

He spent his entire bank account on his first event but others saw his generosity. And helped replenish his account. 
Now many donate time or items to events he's planned and his foundation even has sponsors. 
Lorenzo said, "It’s all, just everyone pitching in, helping out for the same cause they want to see in their city."
He's given away even more royal's tickets, four to a single mom, and sees a ripple effect from recipients.
Lorenzo explained "Her neighbor didn’t have a Christmas tree  for Christmas. She went and bought them one so i have influenced her to give something back to someone in her community. And that’s all I’m trying to do." 

 Lorenzo has also become a minister for his church. And he takes speaking engagements to youth groups and schools to share his message of giving back. 
You can find him on facebook at Lorenzo Gives Back KC  or Min Lorenzo Harrison.  
Or the foundation @lorenzogivesbackkc 


 

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