Category Archives: Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursdays is a monthly feature on the Step2 blog that honors people in the news that take time out of their lives to help others.

Thoughtful Thursday: Selfless Gift

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Many of our Thoughtful Thursday posts have been about children raising money for charitable causes, but this story might be the most shocking because this giving brother and sister, Kenny and Anastasia, are homeless. These eight-year-old siblings were inspired by a flier posted at their school about the 35th annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser, which featured a boy who had heart surgery.

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Alex and Anastasia, with their mom by their side, decided to spend several hours for two weekends asking people around downtown Greenville, South Carolina for donations for the American Heart Association. Their hard work and dedication to try to raise money paid off when they ended up raising $1000! Even though these generous children face their own challenges, they believe it important to help others.

“We didn’t want it for the prizes,” said Alex.  “We wanted it for the people who needed it.” This dynamic duo qualified to win one scooter based on the money they raised, however their selfless act caught the attention of the American Heart Association, who decided to give both of the children scooters as a thank you for their efforts.

This Thoughtful Thursday we applaud Alex and Anastasia for noble act of kindness.

 

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Thoughtful Thursday: Generous Donation

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If you found $20 laying on the ground what would you do with it? Eight-year-old Myles Eckert found $20 lying on the ground at a Cracker Barrel parking lot and began thinking of all the ways he could spend it. Myles wanted to use the money to buy a video game but instead he gave it to someone that reminded him of his dad.

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Myles and his family entered Cracker Barrel around the same time Lieutenant Colonel Frank Daily and his family did for lunch. When Myles saw the solider he decided he wanted to give the money to him and his family to show his appreciation for Frank’s service to this country. Myles took the money and wrapped it in a note that read: “Dear Soldier — my dad was a soldier. He’s in heaven now. I found this 20 dollars in the parking lot when we got here. We like to pay it forward in my family. It’s your lucky day! Thank you for your service. Myles Eckert, a gold star kid.”

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When Myles was a few weeks old, his dad Army Sergeant Andy Eckert was killed in Iraq. Although Myles’ dad is no longer here on Earth, we hope he is watching over his son and the amazing kindness he has in his heart.

This Thoughtful Thursday we salute Myles for paying it forward with his generous donation.

 

Thoughtful Thursday: Power of Friendship

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Best friends are always there to pick you up when you are feeling down. When six-year-old Zac Gossage was diagnosed with leukemia, his best friend Vincent Butterfield was right by his side to make him feel better.  During the holidays, Vincent sold scarves and raised $200 to give to Zac’s family.  But Vincent didn’t only raise money for his best friend; he also shaved his head so Zac wouldn’t be the only one without hair!

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The power of Zac and Vincent’s friendship is incredible and proves that they would do anything to help one another out. Both boys are learning important lessons from this experience – Zac is learning what it means to have a selfless best friend, while Vincent is beginning to understand what it means to have a fighting spirit as Zac battles cancer. Zac is still undergoing chemotherapy but he still goes to school and sees his best friend all the time.

This Thoughtful Thursday we commend both Zac and Vincent for having each others’ backs.  We are wishing Zac a speedy recovery and sending positive thoughts to him, his family and his friends.

 

Thoughtful Thursday: Brotherly Love

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Trenton and Lindsay Cochran are more than brother and sister; they are best friends.  Ever since Lindsay was born, Trenton has been by her side. Lindsay was born with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and has been in a wheelchair since she was two years old. Trenton has done everything he can to make sure his sister is taken care of and treated just like everyone else.

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At the end of last year, K-LOVE, a radio show dedicated to sharing encouraging and positive stories, selected this dynamic duo to be the recipients of their “Unsung Hero Award.”  This award was rightly earned by these compassionate siblings, shown by their unconditional love for one another.

This Thoughtful Thursday is dedicated to the unbreakable bond of friendship that Trenton and Lindsay possess.

Thoughtful Thursday: Teddy Drive

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As a child, waking up to presents on Christmas Day is an incredible feeling of excitement and love. Six-year-old Garrett Tews believes that every child deserves to feel that type of love and excitement, even if they don’t get to spend Christmas at home. That is why for the second year in a row, he has donated teddy bears and other stuffed animals to the UAMC Diamond Children’s and Tucson Medical Center.

Last year, Garrett rounded up 150 stuffed animals to give to the children at the two hospitals. This year, the amount he collected has doubled! To collect so many stuffed animals, Garrett went to local businesses and placed boxes where people could leave new stuffed animals for the patients.

Garrett says he wants to keep giving to the children at the hospitals each and every Christmas. This Thursday, we thank Garrett for his generosity and devotion to making others smile.

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Thoughtful Thursday: Sign Language Performace

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Christmas time is here and that means that holiday concerts are in full swing at most schools. There is nothing quite like hearing hundreds of gleeful children sing the classic songs dedicated to the holidays.

Five-year-old Claire Koch is a child of two deaf parents. Although Claire’s parents could not hear her perform at the holiday concert, she found a way to make sure they were able to listen to the show.  As a surprise to her parents, Claire performed the whole show in sign language.  Her parents were in awe by Claire’s thoughtful gesture and amazing recital.

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This Thoughtful Thursday, we applaud Claire on her terrific performance!

Here is just a preview of the songs Claire performed in sign language:

Also, check out HuffPost Live’s interview with Claire and her parents: