Youth often ask me, when there are so many messages and opinions, what moves you regarding the vaccine shot. My response is, “I am moved by final death bed appeals from those dying from the Covid 19 virus, and those dying from the Covid 19 Delta Variant virus.” Their words are, “I am so sorry I gave the virus to my family because I went to a party and did not wear a mask.” Another patient’s last words, “Please, take the virus serious. Follow health guidelines and recommendations.” A man whose pregnant wife baby died after all the family got the Delta virus from him, “I kept putting off getting the vaccine shot. Please don’t put off getting the vaccine shot.” A teenage athlete words after he and his teenage sister got the vaccine shot, “I want to protect my team, family, and friends.” I also suggest Youth and adults visit the cemetery. The cemetery is the final resting place on earth. In the cemetery, there are no political gravestones. There is a guaranteed fact that should move all Americans, If Americans fail to unite together to stop the spread of the Covid 19 Delta Variant virus, instead, they foolishly continue to remain divided, Americans will suffer and parish like wicked and careless gamblers. The Covid 19 Delta Variant virus of 2021, could surpass the Covid 19 virus of 2020. Another factor that moves me, is the toll the Covid 19 Delta Variant virus, could have on already tired and overworked doctors, nurses, and other health care workers and first responders. Make your Covid 19 vaccine shot decision choice based on sound messages and sources which have no hidden agenda. These messages or sources should represent true love and respect for your life and your future. Youth and young adults, this is your health journey. You make the difference. Project Storytime Reading want to initiate a new initiative called, “Nothing But Love.” (N.B.L.) Get to know, learn, and respect the spiritual power of love. Take the best care of you. Make the time to take care of yourself spiritually, mentally, and physically. Discover a new you, a new attitude, and a new spirit. Practice safety and awareness daily. God is Love. God is Love and Life. “Love is the very essence of life…Love is the security for which children weep, the yearning of Youth, the adhesive that binds marriage, and lubricant that prevents devastating friction in the home. It is the peace of old age, the sunlight of hope shining through family, friends, church, and neighbors…Love like faith, is a gift of God.” (Gordon B. Hinckley) Extending, “nothing but love,” for Zaila Avant-Garde, 14, Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion, 2021. Also, to CoCo Gauff, 17 year old professional tennis player, who will, “miss the 2021 Summer Olympics, after testing positive for the Covid 19 virus.” Also, Katle Ledecky, 23 year old swimmer, “who will miss the 2021 Summer Olympics, due to the covid 19 virus.” Finally, “nothing but love is extended to U.S. sprinter, Sha’ Carri Richardson, 21 years old, “who qualified for the 2021 Summer Olympics, but fail to make the team due to marijuana use after hearing from a reporter, the news of her mother’s death.” Stay strong. Stay safe. Be encouraged.
The Covid 19 Delta Variant virus is spreading around the world and in the United States very rapidly. “As the U. S. grapples with Delta Variant, India raises alarm over a new Covid strain mutated from it. This strain is call Delta Variant Plus ” (C.B.S. News) This month’s Project Storytime Reading Video message, may be most important use of my voice and media platform. I urgently appeal to youth, listen to scientist, health experts, and C.D.C. officials warning messages. “Don’t wait to get your Covid 19 vaccine shot. Get your Covid 19 vaccine shot now.” I hear daily the conversation among youth concerning the health importance for youth to get a Covid 19 vaccine shot. Some youth feel that there is no real need for them to get a Covid 19 vaccine shot. Some youth feel that their young body can overcome any threat caused by the Covid 19 Delta Variant virus. Many youth believe that the United States government and health officials are overhyping the Delta Variant virus potential danger to youth, and the overall affect on youth overall health.
I want to be proactive and sound the alarm to all youth before the serious Delta Variant virus is rampant in the United States. Health officials and C.D.C. officials are warning Americans that the Covid 19 Delta Variant virus is already rapidly spreading in many states. Health officials state, “vaccine shots are very effective in preventing the Delta Variant virus. The concern is, many youth have not taken the shot. Youth who have taken the vaccine shot is at a nine to ten percent national rate in America. This is an alarming very low level.”
I don’t want to see youth being hospitalized and dying in mass number in two to three months from now. In early 2020, it was humiliating and tremendously sad watching the death rate soar among the elderly population in America. At one point, the elderly death rate from Covid 19 was at 80 percent in America. I don.t want to see youth being hospitalized and dying in the midst of a Covid 19 Delta Variant surge and renewed health care crisis in America. It frightens me to image the possibility of youth, parents caregivers, neighbors, community leaders, business leaders, and spiritual leaders crying out with a voice of outrage and despair, “something has to be done. Somebody has to do something.” I appeal on this video message for youth, responsible adults, and those in leadership positions to sound the alarm. The health future of youth is depending on responsible leadership and sound health guidance today, and in weeks, months, and years to come.
I encourage youth, adults, parents, and caregivers, to share the Project Storytime Reading June video message with family members, friends, coworkers, church members, and others. One day youth will thank you for caring and taking a stand. The video will be available on Monday, June 28, 2021. The video can be seen on You Tube: Odell Reddick Project Storytime Reading. Also available on: songsloveroses.com. Remember, this is your health journey. You make the difference. Be safe. Be blessed. (We join all hearts of love in praying for family members of the nine youth and one adult killed last Sunday in an automobile van accident in southern Alabama. We also join those in America and around the world in praying for family members who had members in their family injured, killed, or is now missing, in the condo collapse, near Miami, Florida.)
“Inspire and motivate the heart of youth and adults.” I am often asked, “how did you come up with the idea of, Project Storytime Reading and Celebrate Our Youth Week?” Both ideas originated with observing a need in all communities to invest our resources in the emotional, academic, and spiritual, future of youth. (Enhancing youth abilities, gifts, talents, and future potentials. Building spiritual foundations of love, prepare future leaders with a heart of love. Building spiritual foundations of love, prepare youth to build their communities by providing service through caring, sharing, and spiritual love. Celebrate Our Youth Week is May 31-June 6, 2021. The theme is, “Youth Inspiring Youth.” Show youth spiritual love all week. This is your journey. You make the difference.)