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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.

Thoughtful Thursday: Little Singer

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The Star-Spangled Banner is a tough song to sing. One extraordinary three-year-old girl melted our hearts as she sang this traditional American song on YouTube for the world to see. Grace Anna Rodgers was born with Conradi Hunermann Syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects her motor skills and sight. She is unable to walk and has multiple cataracts.

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Photo by: People.com

This adorable little girl began singing when she was just a year-and-a-half old. Grace was inspired to sing by her mom, who sings all the time around the house. Her mom even helped her through her surgeries singing by her bedside at the hospital.

Grace’s family has received an out pour of well wishes for their daughter after this video of her singing the Star-Spangled Banner went viral.  This Thoughtful Thursday, we honor Grace, who has inspired many lives by the power of her tiny but beautiful voice.

 

 

Thoughtful Thursday: Kool-Aid

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Eight-year-old Jaxon Evans is what some may call a savvy business man. He has collected $1600 from his Kool-Aid stand, but he doesn’t plan on keeping a single cent. In fact, Jaxon’s goal is to raise a total of $2500 before Black Friday to buy presents for homeless children.

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You may be wondering how this budding philanthropist was able to raise so much money. For starters, he came up with the slogan “It’s cool to aid kids.” Then he created fliers to give out at school and his mom alerted friends and family through Facebook of the great cause for which he was raising money. The local news even covered the story about his thoughtful gesture!

Not only will Jaxon be donating toys to the Bakersfield Homeless Center in California, but he will also be adding nonperishable food and baby products to the list of items these kids need.

This Thoughtful Thursday, we thank Jaxon for his generosity and compassion.

Thoughtful Thursday: Teamwork

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13-year-old Keith Orr was never the most popular kid in his grade, but ever since his teammates designed a play for him to score a touchdown,he’s been the MVP.

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Keith has a learning disability and struggles with boundaries; however, he embraces all of his peers with love and care.  In order to help him learn about teamwork, his parents signed him up to join the football team – who knew he would make such an impact in the lives of his fellow teammates.

The coaches and fans knew nothing of the generous act of kindness that was going to occur during the football game on October 5th. The first of the two plays got the team as close to the goal line as possible without scoring. Then, during the next play, Keith was handed the ball and a rush of players ran with him across the goal line.

Keith described scoring his first touchdown as “awesome.” This Thoughtful Thursday is dedicated to the Olivet Eagles for showcasing teamwork.