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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.

Confessions of a Bully

confessions of a bullyBullying has become a growing problem in schools around the world, but seven-year-old Cameron Thompson is determined to put an end to teasing at his elementary school. His journey to stop bullying started when Cameron made fun of another boy for bringing a doll to show-and-tell. He was caught in the act and took the lesson he learned about the dangers of bullying to heart.

antibullying_1 Photo by: Manila Bulletin

Even months after he apologized to the other student, Cameron still felt bad about what he had done, so he decided to start an anti-bully club at school. More than 75 kids showed up for the club’s first meeting. He was even able to spread his message further by creating an anti-bullying video, with some adult help of course.

Learn more about Cameron’s mission to stop bullying and why this cause is so important to him:


This Thoughtful Thursday, we thank Cameron for spreading a positive message about taking responsibility and embracing our differences.

Birthday Surprise

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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.    

Selfless Gift

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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.

Alex and Anastasia Kenny

Courtesy of FOX Carolina

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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