Receiving tons of cards on your birthday can definitely make you feel loved. For 10-year-old Bennett, this might be the best birthday yet because his friend Max managed to give him 2,000 cards for his special day. Two year ago, Bennett was diagnosed with leukemia and it has been a battle for him and his family, but he has remained positive through everything.
Max was able to gather cards and spread the word about Bennett’s birthday thanks to an organization he and his mom created called Catching Joy. This organization encourages kids to volunteer their time to spread joy to others. Before Max knew it, he had received over 2,000 handmade cards from all over the world.
Bennett was shocked that he received so many cards on his birthday. We hope Bennett had a wonderful birthday and enjoys reading all of his cards. Our wishes are with him as he completes his final rounds of cancer treatment this June. This Thoughtful Thursday is dedicated to Max and Bennett – best friends that would do anything to make each other happy.
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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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.
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.”
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.