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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.

Gift Giving Celebration

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If you had to guess, what do you think a child’s favorite part of their birthday would be? The one obvious answer is presents! 10-year-old Abby Grubbs didn’t care about presents for herself as she turned another year older. In honor of her birthday, she wanted to donate presents to the Lutheran Children’s Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Abby knows what it’s like to be bored at a hospital with few toys to place with. She just wrapped up a her leukemia treatment after two and a half years. It’s her mission to let children suffering from an illness know that they will get through this and they’ll be ok.

Abby Grubbs gives away toys to sick children.Photo by: Today.com (courtesy of Abby’s mom, Sherry)

Besides just donating toys to this hospital, Abby went to deliver them alongside some local actors that dressed up as characters from “The Little Mermaid.” In addition to giving toys to the kiddos at the Lutheran Children’s hospital, she also requested that any money that would have been spent on birthday gifts, be given two Kate’s Kart, an organization that provides free books to kids at hospitals and Energized by Ebony, which provides activities and crafts.

This Thoughtful Thursday, we’re wishing Abby a happy belated birthday and commending her for the generosity and hope she’s provided to several children.

Selfless Friendship

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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.

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Picture from Good News Network

This Thoughtful Thursday, we admire the friendship of Kollin and Ryan. The act of kindness that Kollin did shows how selfless and genuine real friends can be.

A Legacy of Kindness

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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.”

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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!