• Anne Royse


Updated: Aug 8, 2019

"I fell asleep reflecting on my eight year anonymous correspondence with Ben. What really stuck with me that night, is that in the midst of his brokenness, Ben found purpose. If a man with a revolving door at prison can find purpose, then there’s hope for all of us. We were put here for a reason. I drifted off to sleep. In the early morning hours I woke up with a start! I grabbed a pad of paper and began writing and drawing with great enthusiasm!

RandomKid! Any Random Kid has the power to change the world! It doesn’t matter where you were born, or what your lot in life is. If you’re an addict, someone with Asperger’s, or a child in Central America. You are here for a reason. Find it. Do something. You have the power to change the world! Later that year, through a series of random events, I started a nonprofit with another mom and her daughter. We called it RandomKid.

C.S. Lewis once said, 'Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.' And in a way, it’s that humility, and Ben’s inspiration to help others find their purpose, that led me to Africa six years after he died, and just under two years after Hurricane Katrina and the beginnings of RandomKid. I dreamed of a trip since the days of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom that aired on television way back when. One day I would go. I never imagined my trip to take such an unexpected turn that may not even include Lions, Zebras and all that awesomeness!

.... I wasn’t going to see the animals. I was going to celebrate the opening of a water well and pump that would provide clean drinking water to a community of roughly 2000 people. Funded by a bunch of children I helped through RandomKid."

- Anne Royse, Love, Me

Imagine the moment when I realized that the children's choir in South Africa wasn't just singing any song.

"Water... where've you been, all along?" and then...

"Thank you RandomKid, you're so great!"

They wrote a song about our nonprofit born in part from a middle-of-the-night-inspiration that had roots intertwined with my birth father.

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