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

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!

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.

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.

No-Limitz Tennis in Irvine

Being a cool kid can sometimes mean popularity, but it can also mean doing something great for others.  Ryan Teng, a sophomore at Beckman High School, started “No-Limitz Tennis” located in Irvine that teaches special needs kids how to serve and hit tennis balls. Ryan says that he wants to provide a safe, judgement free zone, and secure environment where kids can be themselves, relax, and just have a good time! Sharing your special talent with other kids is definitely being a cool kid.

Do you know a cool kid who has made a difference in their community or another child’s life?  Let us know, and we will feature them in our Random Act of Kid-ness blog! Read full article here.

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: Sleeping in Cold to Raise Money for Homeless

Homeless simulation influences kids to raise more money

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Dayton, IN, where 23 kids slept in cardboard boxes outdoors to raise money for the homeless. The kids are part of the Overhaul Youth Group from Dayton United Methodist Church, and they got sponsors to help them raise enough money- over $1400- to fill a food truck for the local homeless population. Their youth pastor Austin Bender said:

“A lot of them said they were just thankful for so many little things, like a bed or warmth.”

Because of this, the kids were even more determined to raise money because they realized how much they take for granted that homeless people live without.

To read more about this story, click here. As always, if you have suggestions for our next RAK, let us know!

Random Act of Kid-ness: Recycling Old Markers

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from San Rafael, CA, where students in Mr. Land’s class at Sun Valley School decided to take action so that the markers they use every day don’t end up in landfills. They decided to contact Crayola and let the company know that discarded plastics, like those found in Crayola markers, is wasteful and unhealthy for the environment. The students are proposing a take-back program so the markers get re-purposed instead of becoming pollution. Some of the Sun Valley students said:

“I love your markers, but I’d like to tell you it’s polluting. So can I please send some of your markers back? I love your product, but hate pollution,” Zachary, age 9.

“I want to let you know that I am not a useless little kid. I can make a difference! By telling you to recycle your pens,” Dante, age 10.

”Will we ever be able to fix the hole in the ozone layer? I don’t like pollution because it hurts the Earth,” Georgia, age 7.

“If we all came from the Earth… Then why are we hurting it so much? Earth is all we have left,” Olivia, age 11.

The students started a petition on change.org here, and you can watch a slide show about this petition here.

We think this kind of action is great! We hope you get all the signatures you need and help save the environment!