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!
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.
The holidays are a time to spend with family, enjoy delicious meals and celebrate one another. This season, you and your little ones can help out in your community to spread joy to those that need it most. Here are three ways kids can give back during the holidays:
Volunteer: There are so many ways you and your youngsters can volunteer! You can serve food at a soup kitchen or take cookies to a nursing home, the possibilities are endless. This is a great way to make people smile that deserve love, affection and some yummy food!
Give thanks: Kiddos can write letters to family members telling them how much they love them. Your family can also give thanks by sending care packages to troops overseas to salute their efforts and hard work.
Donate: Your children can pick out presents to donate to Toys for Tots for kids less fortunate in your area. Explain to your youngsters that not everyone is fortunate enough to celebrate the holidays, which is why it’s important to be generous and share the joy of the holidays with others.