OUR MISSION IS FOR BE LIKE ARI® TO LIVE ON IN HELPING OTHERS THROUGH THE ARI ARTEAGA FOUNDATION
BE THE LIGHT® is a non-profit organization that derives it’s inspiration from Ari Arteaga’s short, but extremely blessed life. Ari lived by his personal motto, “Be the light”, as he touched many lives sharing his passion and joy in making every day filled with compassion. Our mission is to spread his spirit by helping children and families overcome obstacles they may face due to unforeseen hardships. Our goal is to shine Ari’s light on their path of need.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
Ari demonstrated his friendship in special ways.
In today's world of distractions, Ari was able to give his full attention to the person he was with, making the moment the most important thing that was happening at the time. He was confident, fun-loving, colorful, and did not take himself too seriously, but made others feel cared for. Ari's persona was in many ways larger than life itself.
He enjoyed helping others.
Ari created friendships with all ages and walks of life, genuinely making a difference in their days, unknowingly helping others feel that their lives mattered, as when he would visit the Florida Baptist Children's Foster Home.
He tried to make every moment count.
Ari Arteaga lived his 16 years of life with a zest for making every day count for himself and for others. From an early age, his positive nature and high energy made him stand out. Ari touched lives with his extraordinary personality and spirit, his natural ability to make others feel cared for, and his special way of engaging with people.
Ari's family set his foundation.
At home, his family had taught him the golden rule, 'be a good person'. With this in mind, his focus was on living by his heart with compassion, not by society's ways.