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Joshua Williams was four and a half years old when he figured out his life’s calling. He discovered it by listening to his heart.

“My grandmother gave me $20. I saw a homeless man. I felt really bad. I gave him the $20. I felt good, but I wanted to do more,” said Joshua, now 12 and a Miami Beach resident recently honored by BET with a Shine A Light Award by for his work with his nonprofit Joshua’s Heart Foundation.

Joshua begged his two aunts to help him start a program to help feed the hungry.

“They didn’t do anything. I fired them,” he recalled. Then Joshua asked his mom, who was used to his persistence and his new ideas.

“After a while, she saw I was really serious,” he said.

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