Sometimes it feels like the news is filled only with examples of people being cruel to each other. I was watching the evening news recently and report after report involved crime, deceit, jaw-dropping violence and political in-fighting. It was depressing. Then I noticed something interesting. At the end of the hour and right before signing off for the night, the anchor announced that up next was a “story of hope” about a young boy and his dog. The anchor went on to report about a child with a severe and incurable disease who had befriended a stray dog. The story of friendship and love lifted my spirit and reminded me that these are the stories that are worthy of my oh-so-seldom TV time.
We live in a world were good seems hard to find… but not today. Today I have compiled a news post just for those of you that want to smile and be reminded of all the good in the world. I encourage you to just type the words “kids change the world” into Google. I swear you could spend all day reading the amazing stories of children all over the world who are already hard at work making Earth a better place.
Just check out these 5 kids below.
*11 year-old Abigail went to a nursing home to sing for her great-grandmother when she looked around and saw that so many residents had no one visiting them. So shecreated CareGirlz, a not for profit entertainment group that brings music and love to the elderly.
*13 year-old Charlie Coons sends blankets to orphanages all over the world.
*8 Year-old Kayleigh Crimmins noticed that most [police dogs didn’t have bullet proof vests. So she started a charity to raise money to buy them. She called it Kids for K9s.
*The Kelley brothers spend their summer getting backpacks stuffed and ready for kids who cannot afford them. You can “like” their Facebook page here and consider donating to their awesome charity.
*Judith Adams, just after her 12th birthday, went to her mom and asked to do a fund raiser collecting dimes for the organization her mom leads called "Gifts From the Heart For Downs" to help grant wishes to those with Down Syndrome. Judy called her fund raising project "Dimes for Downs." Thus, Gifts From the Heart for Downs was born.
These are just five examples of THOUSANDS! Don’t you want to just brew some coffee and start reading all of the amazing stories of children changing the world? I do.
How do you hope your kids will change the world?
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