Random Act of Kid-ness: Oliver’s Garden Project

For this week’s Random Act of Kid-ness, we feature 7 year old Oliver Allen-Cillis and his sister Piper, who started their own garden to raise funds for local youth charities. After seeing kids in his neighborhood dig through recycle bins looking for bottles to get money for food and clothes, Oliver decided he wanted to help. He decided to start selling vegetables that he grew in his own backyard at a stand outside his house. All of the proceeds would go to a specific charity that helps out kids in need.

And guess what? Oliver’s Garden Project was just awarded a $20,000 grant from Nature’s Path Organic to expand its reach!

Oliver’s mother, Stacey Allen-Cillis, said she hopes the award will allow them to help five or six other families in the city to start their own philanthropic back yard gardens by next spring. “If we show children how to do this, it’s second nature by the time they’re adults. We’re going back basically in time — it’s farming,” Stacey said. “We want it to spread.”

To read more about what Oliver and his family plan to do with the grant money, click here.

Do you have a suggestion for our next Random Act of Kid-ness?


“Once you begin to acknowledge random acts of kindness – both the ones you have received and the ones you have given – you can no longer believe that what you do does not matter.” -Dawna Markova 


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