Nothing can destroy the power of true friendship and two first graders prove just how powerful it can be during a time of devastation and heartbreak. On February 21, 2015 in Normandy, Missouri, a massive fire left dozens of families displaced, including seven-year-old Ryan Branson and his family.
His best friend Kollin Clark was deeply saddened by the incident and wanted to find a way to help. He asked his mom to help him create a video to reach the users of Facebook and ask them to donate money to Ryan’s family. Within five days over $8,000 was donated to the Go-Fund-Me page that Kollin and his mom created.
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!