There is never a limit to the generosity and love you can give to others. Eight-year-old Alex McKelvey has completed over 600 acts of kindness to honor her grandmother, who passed away in September 2013.
Originally Alex’s goal was to complete 60 acts of kindness by March 22, 2014, which would have been her grandma’s 60th birthday. Once she reached her goal last year, she wanted to continue to give to others, so she challenged herself to reach 600 acts of kindness by the same date in 2015.
Alex enjoys helping and giving to people so much that she isn’t stopping there! She said during an interview with the News Tribune, “We’re going to do thousands, then a million. I’d like to reach so many people.”
So what kinds of acts of kindness has Alex done? Alex and her mom cooked for the homeless, gave away clothes, surprised her teachers with presents and donated pet food to animal shelters. These are just a few examples of the tremendous deeds Alex and her family have done.
Alex’s 600th act of kindness was helping renovate the local YMCA in Lakewood, Washington. Her family helped repaint and collect donations to buy new games and art for the center.
This Thoughtful Thursday we congratulate Alex on reaching her extraordinary goal. She is proof that a little girl can make a big difference in her community!
Nothing warms the soul like a cup of hot cocoa on a cold winter day. Instead of starting a lemonade stand in the summer, eight-year-old Tristan Regini set-up a hot chocolate stand during the chilliest season of them all. Why you might ask? He did it to raise money for the Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora where his friend Cade was treated for cancer.
Back in 2013, Cade was diagnosed with cancer when a scan showed he had a brain tumor. He underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. As of April, Cade now shows no signs of cancer. Tristan was extremely grateful to the hospital for saving his best friend. “If there were no Children’s Hospital, there would be no Cade,” Tristan said. “He’s probably the nicest kid I ever met in my life.” Since starting the hot cocoa stand, Tristan has raised $3000 for the hospital. He hopes that the money he raised will save more lives.
This Thoughtful Thursday we thank Tristan for his generosity and providing his neighborhood with a yummy winter treat!
Here at Step2, we’re firm believers in giving back to our community. It gives us great joy to volunteer our time to organizations that help little ones, which is why we participated in the Change Bandits campaign and Have a Heart, Do Your Part Radiothon for Akron Children’s Hospital. The mission of the Change Bandits program was to kick off the radiothon by encouraging schools, businesses, individuals and families to “rob” their friends, loved ones and co-workers of spare change. All of the change was collected the night before the radiothon.
We managed to collect $323.23 around our office and our CEO matched the amount to support this worthy cause.
On February 14, 2015 we spread the love by answering phones at the radiothon. The pledges from the radiothon and amount raised from the Change Bandits are used to fund patient care, research and buy child-size medical equipment.
Through the generosity of callers, participants in the Change Bandits campaign and volunteers of the radiothon, $481,277.98 was raised for Akron Children’s Hospital.
Thank you to our employees and other participants that donated their change and time to answer calls for this heartfelt initiative.