“BE MY FRIEND” for Valentine’s Day!

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Today is Valentine’s Day! See how a mother encourages both of her sons to scrawl three words on each of the cards they hand out to their classmates or just say throughout the day: be my friend

Aimee Thompson says, “I know those three words can be even more powerful than, and even repair any damage done by, those four other words. And, maybe just maybe, those same kids will one day be more quick to say be my friend instead.”

“I know it’s just the wish of just one mom, but I’m still going to try to make sure our Valentine’s Day wishes always include: be my friend. And, I welcome you to do the same.”

Read the rest of this inspiring article here to find out how Aimee Thompson came about this wonderful idea!

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BE KIND. A simple message, yet a most powerful one!

Be Kind!

Car magnets bearing the simple message, “Be Kind,” have sparked a lot of curiosity in the San Fernando Valley. They’re the latest brainchild of the Embrace Kindness Mission, a unique program created by parents and supported by the administration and faculty of North Hollywood’s Laurel Hall School, a private school affiliated with Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

The parents who founded the initiative say the program was inspired by “negative peer relationships” and bullying among students. Instead of just telling kids what not to do, they thought, why not inspire them to “be kind” to others, replacing negative behavior with positive?

Read the rest of this article here.

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

Kids helping kids raise thousands!

Students at San Marcos High School are helping kids raise thousands of dollars for their community!  This group of students are in the non-profit group Kids Helping Kids on the school campus. “The goal is to teach the students responsibility and business skills while helping others…” especially since they are hoping to raise $100,000.00 for five years. This amazing group of kids have already raised thousands of dollars to “help students pay for needs such as advanced placement and SAT exams or even a wheelchair for a disabled student. They have also sent money to help young people in Africa.” When we read about these Random Acts of Kid-ness we are touched by the compassion and enthusiasm these kids share for helping other kids less fortunate than they are!

Click here to read the entire article.

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