“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” — Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Lots of folks grow up feeling as though the world revolves around them. Some even remain that way into adulthood. But not Xavier and Lux Luce. They have been through so much in their young lives, having lost their mother a year ago, yet somehow, they’ve learned they are not the center of the universe. They want to be givers and help the vulnerable in our community.

Xavier is a sixth grader at Oceanside Middle School and his sister, Lux, is a fourth grader at Ash Point Community School in Owls Head. In August, she turned 9 years old, and in honor of her birthday, they set up a lemonade stand to raise money for the Pope Memorial Humane Society.

This was the third year they set up a lemonade stand. In those three years, they raised $4,100 in donations that will provide food, shelter and medical care for the animals. This year, Heidi and Joel Neal allowed them to set up in front of their store Loyal Biscuit on Main Street in downtown Rockland. With donations of dog biscuits from Loyal Biscuit, ice from Rock Harbor Brewing Company, cups from Hannaford supermarket, homemade posters decorating their table, the day was a success, despite a flash downpour.

Their late mother, Freedom Hamlin, taught them well.

“They have their momma’s heart,” says Heidi Stevens, the children’s Nonnie. “She used to fix things for free if someone couldn’t afford it. One time, she fixed an older woman’s rings for her for free. That lady used to bring her homemade cookies once a month to repay her. Freedom worked and didn’t have time to bake cookies. But this lady did.”

A local motorcycle club, Devil’s Pride MC Inc., arrived in an impressive motorcade down Main Street to give their support to the kid’s effort. Aside from the fact they love to ride, one of the priorities of their club is to support community fundraisers and events.

Last Christmas, they supported the “Christmas is For Kids” campaign that served almost 200 children in Knox County. They said, “They would like to thank these two young stand-up children. They show excellent community involvement and support.”

They plopped down a three-inch stack of bills to contribute to the cause.

Xavier and Lux Luce learned early to participate in their community. There’s no doubt they will continue to be outstanding citizens, and we are lucky to have them among us.

Devil’s Pride MC conducted a motorcade for the two kids, and donated money for Xavier and Lux Luce’s continued acts of community kindness.