I love inspirational stories about people doing great things to serve others, and I really love stories about kids doing great things. Is that just me? I’m guessing not, which is why I wanted to share this wonderful website I found with all of you.
KidsAreHeroes.com is a website dedicated to highlighting amazing kids doing incredible things. The premise is simple–honor kids who are making a difference, inspire others to do the same, and then offer resources to do it. There’s pages for kids, parents and schools.
The “Lily’s Heroes” page is where you can read about kids who are getting involved to help others. Lily is a beautiful big dog, and the mascot for the site. I found my favorite stories down at the bottom of page one.
I love to read, and I love to reread books I enjoyed as a kid, so there’s lots of space in my heart for My Own Book, founded by Kyle and Brady Baldwin. With My Own Book, teenage volunteers go into K-3rd grade classrooms, read to the children and tell them about the library, then let each of the kids pick out a book to keep. They target schools with disadvantaged students; for many of the kids, this is the first book they’ve ever owned. More than 17,000 books have been given out! Get involved at My Own Book’s website, or click here for another way to give books to children.
My other favorite story is about Kennedy Kulish, who founded Kisses for Kaeden. Kaeden is Kennedy’s little brother, who was born with heart defects that required surgery before he was a year old. Kennedy (age six at the time!) wanted to help “other ‘Kaeden’s’ and their families.” That’s what struck me most about this story–concern for an individual expanding into a widespread concern for others, because everyone is ultimately an individual. Everyone matters to someone, just as Kennedy’s little brother matters to her. How beautiful. Kisses for Kaeden was founded five years ago. As far as I can tell, Kaeden is doing great, and the organization has raised close to 60,000 dollars! Check out Kennedy’s website (still under construction), and here’s another option to help children in need of life-saving surgery, heart surgery included.
It’s easy to look at all the problems of the world and say, what can we do? But stories like this make me answer that question with–we can do ANYTHING. It’s a cliche to say kids like this make me hopeful about the future…but they do.