This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Irvine, where 10 year old Jessica Carscadden came up with the We Care Bears Project that gives stuffed animals to first responders to hand out to scared or hurt children who they meet on the job. Jessica was abandoned in China when she was little because of a facial defect. She was adopted by a US couple, and she now wants to give back to children in need.
This week, Jessica delivered 75 bags of stuffed animals to the Orange County Fire District!
To watch a video about this story, click here.
This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Davenport, IA, where 7 year old Eddie Hanzelin helped reunite two siblings who had not seen each other in 65 years. Eddie helped 7o year old Clifford Boyson find his sister Betty Billadeau by using his mom’s Facebook account to search for Betty’s maiden name. Betty and Clifford had been separated into different foster homes when they were children. Eddie immediately saw the family resemblance in Betty’s picture and knew he had found Clifford’s sister.
The two siblings met each other last Saturday, and they had a (happily) tearful reunion. Eddie said:
“Clifford did not have any family, and family’s important.”
Eddie said that he learned about helping others at school, and we are so proud of him and his social media detective work! You can read more about this story here.
This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Milwaukee, WI, where 7 year olds David Torres and Exavier Navejar at H.W. Longfellow Elementary School gave one of their classmates a gift after finding out he did not get any Christmas gifts. David decided to wrap a book and race car from his house, and Exavier drew a picture and wrapped it. They gave the presents to their classmate on the Friday after winter break. The classmate cried when he unwrapped, and said it felt good to get gifts. The principal of the kids’ school said:
“These kids have so little themselves, but they still found a way to give.”
What an inspiring story! You can read more about it here.
What if you could change the world with just 2 bucks?
This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Portland, OR, where 14 year old Julien Leitner created a website called the Archimedes Alliance. Through this website, Julien’s goal was to ask 1 million people for just $2 each, with a goal of raising $2 million for different charities. Since he started over a year ago, every six months the Alliance has reached (and will, for 3 years) out to 1 million different people asking for the $2 donation. At the end of each six month period, all the money raised is donated to an organization selected by the contributors, and then the cycle begins again.
Julien has raised over $20,000 so far! You can read more about Julien and his idea here.
As always, we ask for your suggestions for our next RAK highlight. If you or someone you know is doing great things to change the world, we want to know!
This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Mississippi, where students from DeSoto Central Middle School raised money to send 92 year old World War II veteran Hulan Roberts back to the Belgian countryside where he fought during the war in 1944. With the help of Forever Young, a program that reunites WWII veterans with their comrades, the students raised over $4,400 through fundraisers like a spaghetti dinner and silent auction.
What a wonderful way to honor someone! You can read more about this story here.
It’s been such a great year of RAKs! Thanks to those who follow our weekly posts, and we can’t wait to highlight more acts of kindness in 2013! Happy new year!
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Our Autumn Aprons kits were extremely popular this fall, and now we have two more kits, each available for donation* of $15 or more. You can paint vehicles and make your own roads with the Open Road kit, or decorate your own little winter beanie with Wacky Wearables!
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This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness highlights 26 acts of kindness from children and adults across the world. This week, we love that in honor of Sandy Hook Elementary School victims, the hashtags #26acts and #26actsofkindness are trending on Twitter. In the wake of the tragedy one week ago today, Ann Curry called on people to do 26 random acts of kindness- one for each of the people killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Buzzfeed compiled some of the responses she got here, like the one below, and we know there are so many more out there.
We hope you, too, will be inspired to act and spread the word!
In light of the tragedy in Connecticut this morning, we think it is more appropriate than ever for our weekly Random Act of Kid-ness that highlights the kindness of humanity.
This week’s RAK is another from generationOn and Hasbro’s “Be a Joy Maker” campaign. We want to highlight Raymond, who submitted this act of kindness:
“At the age of 4, I was diagnosed with a rare hp disease that left me in a double leg brace for two years. Feeling fortunate that my illness was not life threatening, I decided that I had to do something for the kids that I left behind in the hospital. So I took all my christmas gifts and returned to the hospital I spent time in and to uplift the spirits of the kids that were not coming home for the holidays. After I saw the joy on the faces of the kids, I decided to continue doing this work. I went door to door asking friends, family and neighbors for donations so I can purchase new toys for the sick kids. My efforts became so popular that we had to form a foundation.”
Raymond’s generosity is so inspiring, especially in times of tragedy. How do you show kindness to those in your community?
Continuing with our support of Hasbro’s “Be a Joy Maker” campaign, this week’s Random Act of Kid-ness is one submitted to the campaign and comes to us from St. Louis, MO. 4th and 5th grade students in the Adventure generationOn Kids Care Club operated and facilitated a penny drive that raised $230.00. With the money, the students bought toys to donate to the Toys for Tots Foundation. Not only is this an incredible act of kindness, but it also taught the students about the value of a dollar.
We encourage you to read more of the entries on the Joy Makers Wall and even submit your own act of kindness!
Again, please share with the Zimmer what you’ve done! While we encourage selfless acts, we also think that we can inspire each other! Any story we hear just might be featured in our next Random Act of Kid-ness post!