The Charlotte Observer profiled qnotes columnist Kevin Grooms, better known to many as Miss Della, yesterday, taking an in-depth look at his eight-year sponsorship of a young man in Honduras:

A lot of us send checks to help the needy, and at first that was the extent of Kevin Grooms’ commitment.

He decided around his 35th birthday to help someone less fortunate. He picked a charity he heard about on TV, one that seemed reputable, and mailed in $18 to sponsor a child in Honduras.

“I wanted,” he said, “to get away from selfishness.”

He was single, living in an apartment since moving to Charlotte in 1993, working in the box office at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. It was easy to get so caught up in his own life that he ignored the problems of the larger world around him. One small check every month might, he thought, help bring some perspective.

In exchange for that first check eight years ago, he received in the mail a photograph of a boy named Gerardo.

“They sent this package to me – I always tell people it was like a dirty little trick: They sent me a picture of the cutest little kid I’ve ever seen in my life,” Kevin recalled. “He was well-groomed, adorable, clean and had these little doe-like eyes. I thought, ‘You asked for it. You got it.'”

Be sure to read the rest at It’s a great piece — writer Elizabeth Leland should be commended.

Miss Della! We love you!

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.