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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.

Bags of Kindness

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Acts of generosity come in all shapes and sizes. Five-year-old Jayla from Virginia Beach is helping the homeless by providing them with her bags of kindness, full of toiletries, snacks, and items that the less fortunate may not have since they don’t have a permanent home.jayla

Photo by Today.com

Jayla not only fills the bags with essentials like soap, toothpaste and deodorant, she also fills them with love. Each bag is decorated and says “Jayla’s Little Helping Hands.” She hand delivers these specials bags to kids at a shelter in her town.

This Thoughtful Thursday we admire Jayla’s big heart and her desire to give to those in need.

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Sisterly Bond

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An unknown author once said, “Sisters are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.” This quote describes the remarkable bond between sisters, Hannah and Natalie perfectly. When five-year-old Natalie was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia two years ago, her seven-year-old sister, Hannah was right by her side as her support system.

Natalie is currently finishing up her chemotherapy treatment and the cancer is in remission. To remind Natalie how much she is loved and supported, Hannah decided to donate her hair to Wigs for Kids at the Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation’s “Shave for a Cure” in New York. She wanted to inspire kids with cancer to be brave as they battle this illness, just like Natalie was. Even when Hannah and Natalie’s parents were worried about what classmates would say about their daughter’s shaved head, Hannah didn’t care because she has always believed she is beautiful just the way she is.hannahandnatalie

 Photo by: A Guy and A Girl Photography

Needless to say, her classmates thought she was a hero and applauded Hannah when she arrived at school the next day!

This Thoughtful Thursday, we also applaud Hannah and Natalie for their dedication to one another and generously supporting Wigs for Kids.

Little Racer with a Big Heart

Thoughtful Thursday: Little Racer with a Big Heart

It always amazes us how selfless young kids can be. 10-year-old Timmy Tyrrell, who goes by the nickname, Mini, is a little racer fighting for a cure against pediatric cancer. Three years ago, his friend Ella was diagnosed and he saw how her family was affected, so he began brainstorming ways to raise money for them.

Mini and EllaPhoto from: Washingtonian.com

Mini has planned an annual charity kickball tournament for the past three Septembers during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Besides his annual tournament, he has also raised money through lemonade stands, walks and his favorite hobby, car racing. So far, he has raised over $250,000!

When Mini was six, he was featured on NBC Nightly News about his charity work and caught the attention of NASCAR driver, Jeff Gordon. Jeff began donating to Mini’s cause and gave him a chance to go to the NASCAR race to check out cars!

This Thoughtful Thursday, we thank Mini for his generosity to this important cause. If you would like to learn more about this little racer’s mission check out his website, Mini’s Mission.