Snow, Rain, and Vapor!

Yesterday was our first day of Winter Camp!  It was lovely seeing so many familiar and new faces.  The campers got introduced to 3 different stages of water: Snow, Rain, and Vapor!  We taught them a quick game with had them either become solid (freeze), liquid (move like a jelly fish in water), and vapor (make soft twinkling fog in the air).  They also got to melt crayons, color with oil pastels, and give penguins and polar bears a gel spa bath!

Stay tuned for more fun activities that we will be sharing from Winter Camp!  **There are very limited open spots available for next week so please email belinda at belinda@zimmermuseum.org if you would like a spot!**

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!

Kids Help with Typhoon Yolanda

Prince Villahermosa, 10, and Yuan Rivera, 3, went with their parents to help volunteer and pack relief goods in a local neighborhood sports complex.  The little boy helped pack and bring bags of goodies from other volunteers who helped pack them with rice, canned food, and other items.  Additionally, in Palawan, foreign tourists (including kids),helped in the relief operations.

What amazing kids!  It warms our hearts when we read about kids who understand and willingly volunteer to help those that need help.  Know someone who has made a difference in the community, tell us, and we will feature them in our next Act of Kid-ness blog! Read entire article here.

11-year-old ideas can make a world of difference

Eleven-year-old, Alex Lawson, came up with an idea that inspires children and adults around the world.  Although this event occurred a couple of years back, his kind heart and contribution truly moved us. When the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti happened, young Alex knew he wanted to help, especially since he read that over 50% of the population were kids.  He started to collect as many backpacks he could, old, new, or used, and they were taken to St. Lucie International Airport in Fort Pierce where supplies and aid workers were being flown to Haiti to help.

Reading about this story really inspires youth and adults to be hands on in giving back to our community. What a great read, click here for the full article!  Let us know if your child or someone you know would like to be featured in our next Random Act of Kid-ness blog.