Scranton Community Helps Feed Hungry Children

As the holiday’s approach, we often find ourselves thinking about the family gatherings and tables filled with homemade, delicious entrees that leave us smiling and going back for seconds or even thirds.  At Scranton High School, located in Pennsylvania, more than 180 community members, including seven-year-old Brendan Hauser, help package 10,000 chicken noodle soup meals to feed those less fortunate than he, and children struggling with hunger throughout the Scranton neighborhood.  The soups will be sent to the following organizations, Friends of the Poor and United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

If you know someone who has altruistically given back to their community, please let us know and we would love to feature them in our next Act of Kid-ness Blog!  To read the entire article, click here.

RidgeProject gets kids and tractors involved in cleaning up!

The organization RidgeProject cleaned up their biggest project to date on Saturday with over 200 kids recruited to help!  Football players used their strength to help bag and throw away heavy loads of trash. There were over 500 trash bags that were donated by Walmart, and four large waste containers filled to the brim!  Everyone’s efforts helped clean up the north and south of China Lake Boulevard.

Community service is what helps our environment stay clean, as well as, brings family, friends, and our community closer together.  If you know a child who has been involved with giving back to their community, let us know, and we will feature them in our Random Act of Kid-ness!  To read this entire article, click here.

Random Act of Kid-ness: Fresh Lemonade!

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Sioux City, Iowa, where community members are setting up lemonade stands to raise money for their local Children’s Museum.  Children around the area are invited to participate and set up their own lemonade stand to get their community involved with this random act of kindness.  Stands were located in front of the Hy-Vee on Gordon Drive.

We love reading about community involvement and the efforts made towards creating a new, educational environment for children.  You can read the full article here. As always, let us know if you know a kid who has done a Random Act of Kid-ness, and we might feature her or him next week!

Random Act of Kid-ness: Some Good News!

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness highlights a recent study done by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University that found that 9 out of 10 children between the ages of 8 and 10 give to charity. Not only that, but half of them volunteer! Kids like the ones who we blog about each week are doing incredible things for their communities, and we are so happy to hear that they are being recognized for their efforts.

You can read the full story here. And as always- send us your own RAKs. We may post yours next week!

Random Act of Kid-ness: Spreading Kindness throughout School

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Sheriden, WY, where students at Sagebrush Elementary spread random acts of kid-ness in honor of the anniversary of 9/11. One class gave another class treats to enjoy, while other classes exchanged cards and cleaned each others’ classrooms. Students also gave each other Random Acts of Kindness cards that they passed along as they performed these acts. One fifth grader named Emma Katschke said:

“I have always loved helping people. This project inspired me to help out Sagebrush, and I learned that by helping others it will make me and my school more happy.”

We love that these students spread positivity and gave back to the whole school community. You can read more here. Have your little ones done something similar at their school?

Random Act of Kid-ness: Mowing Lawns to Help Others

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Dalhart, TX, where 11 year old Dyllon Orthman raised $16,000 for a family who lost their home in a tornado in Oklahoma. After Dyllon heard about the Hudsons who had lost their home, he knew he needed to help. He raised $6,000 just by mowing lawns for 2 months, and gave the family that money in Lowes gift cards. A company called Quality Integrated Services was inspired by Dyllon’s efforts and decided to add an additional $10,000 to his donation! Dyllon said:

“They [the family] need a home. I personally want a Playstation, but I’d rather give the need than take the want.”

What an incredibly generous act of kid-ness! You can read more about this story here.

Random Act of Kid-ness: Rock it up for Lighthouse

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Clarkson, MI, where 8 year old Claire Kirchner started a fundraiser called “Rock it up for Lighthouse.” Claire and her friends paint and sell rocks to raise money for Lighthouse of Oakland County, which provides food, housing, clothing, financial help and transportation to residents in need of emergency assistance. Many local businesses were inspired by Claire’s thoughtfulness, and they donated art supplies to her cause. Lighthouse Chief Development Officer Priscilla Perkins said:
“I see a lot of kids doing good things or their community, and it makes my heart swell. It’s wonderful when young people get engaged.”
We think Claire’s fundraiser is a great idea! You can read more about it here. Has your child participated in a fundraiser that helped make the world a better place? Let us know!