Kids Can Make A Difference

I’m always telling my sons that they aren’t too young to make an impact or difference.

When Mo’s soccer season ended he was devastated and wanted to keep playing.

He has since taken charge of an effort to start a soccer team at his school. He and a small group of friends have met with their principal to form a school team and are currently helping to raise money to buy grass for a soccer playing area.

I’m so proud of his efforts and he has a great sense of pride and responsibility in getting the ball rolling.

Our kids are never too young to make a difference. Here are some amazing kids and the contributions they are making in their community and the world.

RACHEL BECKWORTH:

The Bellevue, Wash. girl had decided to celebrate her birthday with a fundraiser instead of getting gifts. However, in July she died from injuries sustained in a car accident. She had raised $220 but was $80 short of her goal to donate to Charity: Water. Charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. 100% of public donations directly fund water projects.

After her death, her birthday wish to raise money for the non-profit went viral. Countless strangers banned together to contribute over $1 million. Her mom will travel to Africa with Charity: Water to see firsthand how her daughter’s legacy has helped save many lives by providing clean water.

JEFF HANSON:

At 12 years old, he was diagnosed with an optic nerve tumor.  While undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, Jeff started to paint watercolors on notecards to lift his spirits.

As he got better he opened a lemonade stand at his house and sold his paintings and baked goods. By the end of the summer, Hanson had raised $15,000, which he donated to the Children’s Tumor Foundation to help research his diagnosis. He went on to paint more notecards as well as acrylics on canvas.

In five years, Hanson has donated more than $350,000 from the sale of his paintings to more than 50 charities, most of them devoted to children’s health.

At 17 years old, he continues to paint and contribute to charity. You can view Jeff’s work and make a donation at his website.

RACHEL WHEELER:

At 11 years old, Rachel raised  $175,000 to help build 27 concrete homes in Haiti. After the 7.2 Earthquake in Haiti, Rachel joined with Charity, Food For The Poor and helped raise funds to build a school for the village children.

Her fundraising efforts continue as she helps to provide more to the children in Haiti. You can view her progress and donate here.

EVAN MOSS:

Evan started having seizures within his first month of life. By the time he was 4-years-old, he was having 300-400 seizures a month. He underwent brain surgery, and left the hospital seizure-free, and lived seizure free for 2 years.

Now, Evan is 7 and suffers from about 3-4 seizures a month. Though, they are much fewer, they are also more intense and often require a call to 911. The family decided a seizure dog would be a good safety measure so the dog could alert his parents if he was having a seizure. However, the dog cost $13,000.

To help cover the cost of the dog as well as spread epilepsy awareness, Evan wrote and illustrated a book, My Seizure Dog. You can purchase Evan’s book here.

These are all amazing causes to support. If you’re looking for a holiday gift that keeps giving, supporting these 4 causes make great gifts! Hats off to these amazing kids!


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