Inaugural Zimmer Children’s Museum Random Acts of Kid-ness (RAK) Award!

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Do you know a person under the age of 10 making a big difference?  Nominate them for the first ever

Zimmer Children’s Museum Random Acts of Kid-ness (RAK) Award!

The RAK Award recognizes acts of service, compassion and altruism from our youngest society members instilling in them the understanding that giving of our time and talent is just as important as the giving of our treasure. The award will be given annually to Los Angeles young people under the age of 10.

Nominations are being accepted now through February 3rd

For further information contact Kaila Jackson at Kaila@zimmermuseum.org or call (323) 761-8910

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Houston boy, 3, gets Bronze Star for being ‘hero’ to kids in hospitals

What an amazing story!  This article talks about a Houston toddler that is fighting for his life and “is helping other children who must wage health battles of their own, and his actions have earned him recognition as a real-life “hero.”..” Bennet Nester was diagnosed with a brain tumor two Christmas’s ago.  While he was at the hospital two strangers visited Bennet and brought him a bear.  He never let the bear out of his sight, and even said that the bear helped eased the pain.  Bennet and his mother decided to form “Bennet Bears” and collected 250 of the stuffed animals to give to sick children at area hospitals. This year, they’ve collected more than 900.

A Vietnam veteran heard of Bennet’s Acts of Kid-ness, and he gave Bennett his Bronze Star — “the fourth-highest individual military award given in recognition of acts of heroism, acts of merit or meritorious service in a combat zone.”

This is an INCREDIBLE story!  Please share with us a story, person, article, or child that has made a world of difference in your eyes. Read entire article & watch the video here.

Applebee’s workers volunteer for Staten Island Youngsters!

Scrumptious lunch and dinner entrees and a great place to meet with friends or co-workers after work, Applebee’s has become a well-known family friendly restaurant.  In Staten Island, New York, three Applebee’s locations have gathered to prepare and serve breakfast to help raise money for the “Staten Island Children’s Campaign.”  This Neighborhood Bar and Grill has been doing this ever year for 17 years!

Read more about each employees comment on what this extraordinary event brings for them and the kids in their community!

Little Helpers Can Make a Big Difference

On November 16th, more than 200 kids, parents, and Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills (JLOSH) members participated in a Kids For Kids event.  Together they were able to assemble 1,200 Bonus Bags that contained essential winter items and dental hygiene items to children in “Maplewood, Orange and South Orange through the Community FoodBank of New Jersey’s weekend meal program.”  In addition to these Bonus Bags, the volunteers and little helpers also put together more than 500 healthy snack bags that were distributed to homeless children served in after school programs.

What a wonderful article! To read entire article click here. If you know a child who has volunteered, let us know and we will feature them in our next Random Act of Kid-ness Blog! Send YOUR story to info@zimmermuseum.org

Student Volunteers help Military Mothers Assemble 100 Care Packages

During this holiday season, many U.S. troops will be benefiting from the compassionate student volunteers, community members, and West Michigan Blue Star Mothers.  These volunteers are assembling 100 care packages which include: socks, personal hygiene products, gift cards, and an assortment of blankets to U.S. troops. The Blue Star Mothers organization is a group of compassionate members who have sons or daughters serving in the military.

We are truly grateful for all our U.S. troops and military service members! Let us know if you know someone who is selflessly giving back to our community. E-mail us at info@zimmermuseum.org. Read entire article here.

Volunteers help grandparents bring kids gifts for the holidays!

Volunteers help grandparents bring kids gifts for the holidays!

In 2010, it was estimated that over 2.7 million grandparents help in the care of their grandchildren. Through Sunbeam’s “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program,” located in Oklahoma City, Maxine Washington joins her grandparents as she shops for presents for other grandchildren that are less fortunate.  In addition to Maxine, Police Departments and TRIAD volunteers have been working together to raise money and shop for children’s gifts.

To read the entire article click here. We hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Share with us what you are thankful for this year in the comments!

A 12-year-old girl interested about starting a non-profit organization

A 12-year-old American Canyon girl, Katrina Cole, has been researching how to raise money to help others less fortunate than her.  Even after her father lost his job, and the family had to relocate, she found strategies on how to continue helping those around her, including her family.  One year, Katrina saved up her money, provided baby sitting services, and sold home-made jewelry to purchase gifts for four children that weren’t expecting gifts during the holiday season.  Katrina was able to save $225.  As the holiday season quickly approaches, we are reminded to be thankful for the things we have, and share our gratitude through helping others that are less fortunate.

Please share with us a story of a child you know that has selflessly helped someone in need.  To read the full article, click here.