Shoshana and Shayna Kleinman with their donated hair
This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from… the Zimmer! 4 1/2 year old twins Shayna and Shoshana Kleinman are Zimmer regulars. They always had long flowing hair, until recently, when Zimmer staff noticed their beautiful short haircuts. The girls’ grandma explained that Shayna and Shoshana had donated their hair to an organization called Zichron Menachem, The Israeli Association for the Support of Children with Cancer and their Families.
“You are so lucky to have such beautiful hair. Some children get very sick and lose their hair. You have an opportunity to share with them and help them.”
They looked into many different organizations, but they picked Zichron Menachem because of its connection to their Jewish heritage and its focus on donating the hair to children. The girls then decided that even though the minimum hair length to donate is 12″, they wanted to “grow as long as possible so we can give as much as we can.” They each eventually donated 16″ of hair to the organization! We are so proud of our Zimmer members Shayna and Shoshana Kleinman for reminding us that giving doesn’t have to cost a lot (or anything). We are so happy to highlight them as a RAK. Do you know a Zimmer visitor who has done a random act of kid-ness? Let us know!
This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Shelbyville, IN, where 3 year old Jameson Kessler is donating bone marrow to his younger sister Samantha, who suffers from a rare blood disorder called thalassemia. The disorder destroys red blood cells, and the main cure is a bone marrow transplant from a perfect match. Jameson said:
“I’m going to make her feel better and then I’m going to save her when she’s in trouble.”
To raise money for the bone marrow transplant costs, the kids’ mom Kyrie set up a GoFundMe page, with an anonymous donor pledging to match every dollar donation up to $500.
Jameson likes to call himself “Marrow Man.” He truly is a super-man!
You can read more about this inspiring story here.
This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Davenport, IA, where 7 year old Eddie Hanzelin helped reunite two siblings who had not seen each other in 65 years. Eddie helped 7o year old Clifford Boyson find his sister Betty Billadeau by using his mom’s Facebook account to search for Betty’s maiden name. Betty and Clifford had been separated into different foster homes when they were children. Eddie immediately saw the family resemblance in Betty’s picture and knew he had found Clifford’s sister.
The two siblings met each other last Saturday, and they had a (happily) tearful reunion. Eddie said:
“Clifford did not have any family, and family’s important.”
Eddie said that he learned about helping others at school, and we are so proud of him and his social media detective work! You can read more about this story here.
This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Gardendale, Alabama, where 9 year old Brandi Odom drowned in a pond as she was trying to save her younger brother. Local Fire Department Chief, Robert Taylor, said:
“This is a tragedy but she gave her life to save her little brother. She is a hero.”
You can read more about this tragic story of heroism here.
We at the Zimmer send our best wishes to Brandi’s family.
This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Mesa, Arizona, where 10 year old Bradley Mitchell saved his family after they were involved in a car crash. After their car rolled down an embankment, Bradley helped his siblings out of the car and performed CPR on his mom, who was unconscious. Local firefighters presented Bradley with a certificate and a firefighter helmet in honor of his bravery. One of the firemen said:
“You’re a hero, buddy. For anyone to do what you did would really be something, but for a 10-year-old? It’s just remarkable.”
We couldn’t agree more! Read (and watch) more about the story here.
This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Louisville, Kentucky, where 10 year old Antoine Burks ran back into his burning home after he realized his 6 year old sister was still inside.
“The fire came right to us, and I didn’t know what to do, and it burnt my leg, so that’s when I ran out and I saw Trinity needed help, so I ran back in. I am her big brother, and I have to protect her.”
Read the fully story here.
Do you have a suggestion for our next Random Act of Kid-ness? Know a kid(s) doing awesome things in the world? Let us know!
This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Missouri, where 3 year old Liam Myrick has started to sell his paintings to help pay for his parents’ $500,000 medical bills.
Liam was diagnosed with stage-four Neuroblastoma in July, and his sister battled with cancer the year before. Now, Liam wants to help his parents with their financial burden by using the energy he has to paint. His parents are auctioning Liam’s work on Facebook to subsidize the medical bills.
Liam’s mom Shawna says,
“He doesn’t care about what’s going to happen ten minutes from now. He cares about the moment.”
What an inspiring story of one kid trying to make the world a better place for his family. Read more about Liam’s story and how you can buy one of his paintings here.