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When his mother lost her battle with cancer, Yuri Williams took her death as a kick in the pants to up his game. Already a peace officer, he decided to expand his positive impact on the community by literally becoming a superhero for it. He founded the nonprofit AFutureSuperhero and Friends and began visiting homeless neighbors and children battling illnesses in pediatric hospitals dressed up as his favorite childhood superhero, Spider-Man. “I just wanted to continue to teach people and change lives,” Yuri says. Well, Yuri, you’re doing it!

Photos care of Yuri Williams and AFutureSuperhero and Friends

From hosting blood drives to organizing backpack giveaways to renting out a movie theater and hosting underserved children for movie night, Yuri and AFutureSuperhero and Friends have looked to see where the greatest need is in the community and then sought to meet it head on. Yuri has walked through Los Angeles’s skid row dressed up as our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, giving away clothing, pillows, blankets, and food. He gets to know the people whose lives he touches and addresses them by name, bringing humanity to some of the most challenging situations any of us will ever face in life. “I am dedicated to giving and helping those in need,” Yuri explains. “There is not a lot of uplifting going on, so I have to be the superhero and do my part.”

Photos care of Yuri Williams and AFutureSuperhero and Friends

Yuri even embarked on a 50-state blessing tour in which he and other members of AFutureSuperhero and Friends visited people throughout the United States, giving away food, clothing, toys, and encouragement. “We visited 48 states -- we missed two states, but we will get that completed soon,” Yuri assures us. We know you will, Yuri! Since AFutureSuperhero and Friends updates their website monthly with photos to show donors where their money is going, donors can feel good knowing that they contributed to a great cause and that their donations are immediately and directly helping uplift those in need. PLAE makes it easy to keep those donations flowing, too: when you use checkout code GIVEAFSH, we donate 10% of your purchase price to AFutureSuperhero and Friends. Remember: PLAE-it-Forward codes never expire!