You can do anything that you set your mind to. This statement is especially true for one determined 12-year-old girl. “I’m not un-abled, I’m just differently abled,” said Cassidy Huff. This incredible seventh grader has a rare dwarfism syndrome, but she doesn’t let that stop her from helping others.
Cassidy just underwent her 33rd spinal surgery and during her recovery, she decided to set up an online fundraiser to help raise money to buy iPads for the special needs children that she tutors at school. Some of these students are nonverbal and have difficulty communicating with their teachers and parents.
At Step2, we enjoy giving back to the community, especially during the holidays. This joyful season we donated toys to the Holiday Toy Room at the Summit County Children’s Services in Akon, Ohio. The Summit County Children Services is an adoption agency that is committed to the safety, permanency and well-being of children in the community. Their powerful mission also inspired us to donate $1000 to their work in helping families of foster children in the Summit County area.
The Holiday Toy Room looks like a toy store where foster parents, client families and caregivers can “shop” for toys. What’s so wonderful about this store is that all the toys are available at no cost to eligible families. This toy store is run by volunteers that are determined to make the holiday season special for children of the community. Step2 is proud and honored to donate toys to such a worthy cause!
Step2 employees presenting Summit County Children’s Services with the donated toys.
This Thoughtful Thursday, we thank Summit County Children’s Services and their volunteers for their generosity and hard work to put a smile on the faces of the kiddos they help.
Acts of generosity come in all shapes and sizes. Five-year-old Jayla from Virginia Beach is helping the homeless by providing them with her bags of kindness, full of toiletries, snacks, and items that the less fortunate may not have since they don’t have a permanent home.
Jayla not only fills the bags with essentials like soap, toothpaste and deodorant, she also fills them with love. Each bag is decorated and says “Jayla’s Little Helping Hands.” She hand delivers these specials bags to kids at a shelter in her town.
This Thoughtful Thursday we admire Jayla’s big heart and her desire to give to those in need.