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Spreading Love with Red Diamond Days
By BROOKE WELCH | firstname.lastname@example.org
We've told you about a local Albion boy, Josh Jank, that was on death's doorstep last august, and started passing out red diamonds to friends and loved ones.
Now, his story is spreading, and over 75,000 diamonds have been handed out as a reminder to others of God's love.
WFFT spoke with the family and has more on how these little gems are changing lives.
It was just last august, that Joshua Jank's family came together to tell him goodbye.
The first diamond was handed out.
And now, 9 months and more than 75,000 diamonds later, his story has continued to catch the attention of people everywhere.
Joshua says the diamonds are touching people's hearts.
"They might not know there is a god out there, and now they'll be like you know...someone is watching over me,” Josh says.
Josh's mom, Brenda, says there are countless stories of how the diamonds have encouraged others.
"This family lost their house in a fire, and in that absolutely overwhelming situation, they saw it as such an opportunity, and an overwhelming testimony to pass out diamonds,” Brenda says.
Josh's story has inspired others to create a book, a DVD, and even a love bracelet, with a percentage of proceeds going to help an orphanage in Mexico.
Brenda explains why she thinks his story has such an impact.
"I think when someone's time on this earth is short, people pay attention,” Brenda says.
Other people are helping Josh reach his goal of handing out 100,000 diamonds.
Kendallville first grader Naomi Schroeder passed out 200 diamonds over spring break in Florida.
"Red is for love because in the end that's the only thing that matters. And it's a diamond because god does amazing things under heat and pressure,” Naomi says.
Naomi's mom, Peggy, says handing out diamonds was one of the best parts of the trip.
"We had some people cry, we had a lady ask us if we knew him personally and then she handed us money. Some people asked if they could have more to hand out to other people. Everybody was grateful,” Peggy says.
Brenda says they've had some close calls with Josh this winter, but that the diamonds will continue on even when josh's time on earth is over.
“Josh passed out the first diamond but he's not going to pass out the last,” Brenda says.
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