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Boys demonstrate lesson about giving
With a well-manicured lawn and lovely home, the Lombardo family is the picture of a prosperous American family. Both Yvonne and Chuck Lombardo say they have worked hard all their lives to provide this kind of life for themselves and their children.

But they want to give their children something more -- an understanding of the world around them. That's why they have always taken the time to stress the importance of giving back to their boys, C.J., 8, and Jack, 5.

"We are very fortunate. We have more than enough to eat and drink, but we always tell them that there are a lot of people who don't," Yvonne Lombardo said.

The boys have learned the lesson well, and they prove it often. In one instance, the boys set up a simple lemonade stand -- a classic entrepreneurial venture for children.

The Lombardo boys, however, decided to open their stand with a twist.

"It was a really hot day," C.J. said. "We got a table, lemonade and cookies and set up the stand by the art festival (in the Pier Village). We told people they could have free cookies and lemonade but asked for donations," C.J. said. "Most people made donations."

The donations weren't going toward buying a new toy or video game. Instead, the money collected was going to be given to a local charity, FaithWorks, which is involved in a number of different areas of the community. In addition to its food bank, Sparrow's Nest, the organization also operates a double-bottom line restaurant called GRITS in Brunswick. The restaurant employs former convicts, and the money raised goes toward FaithWorks' local ministry.

During the sale, C.J. said many of his customers were inspired by their generosity.

"Some people said they were impressed. A lot of people gave us $2 or $3. One person gave us $7," he said. "We ran out of cups and had to go borrow some."

At the end of the day, the boys had a total of $61 to give to the charity. After their mom sent the check, the Rev. Wright Culpepper, executive director of FaithWorks, circulated an email praising their donation. Culpepper asked other members of the community to match the donation. The group is still accepting funds from community members who are willing to match the boys' earnings. They may be mailed to FaithWorks at 2911 Altama Avenue, Brunswick.

The response makes C.J. and Jack very proud.

"It feels good," C.J. said, as his brother nodded in agreement.

It wasn't the first time the brothers had teamed up to help out. When Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake in 2010, the boys also raised funds to send.

"Then the agreement was that they got to keep half of it and send half of it," Chuck Lombardo explained.

But they don't mind giving all of the extra money away. Their mother says they understand others need money more than they do.

"They really are good kids with good morals," Yvonne Lombardo said.



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