Olivia has always wanted to help in big ways from the time she was small.
She began volunteering for organzations like the Ronald McDOnald House,
Nashville Zoo, and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society when she was just 7 years
old. Ironically, she still serves all 3 of those organizations still today!
When Olivia was 9, she wanted to do more so she began her own organization called
"Tennessee H.U.G.S." to help those who might not have shoes. She knew she
had MANY shoes in her closet and that many other people did, too, so why
not get people involved and why not recycle to help others in need?
has collected more than 35,000 pair of shoes from people all over the U.S.A. and
has delivered them to people in need all the way from Kentucky to Russia.
People want to help others, Olivia said, and to date has had missionaries
and friends carry shoes to the Appalachia Mountains and U.S. places of
poverty, Russia, Uganda, Liberia, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Japan
County: Hendersonville Tennessee, USA
School: Hendersonville Christian Academy
A few weeks ago, my husband and I signed up to be part of a Good Misfit
project. The project we
signed up for is to raise $15,000 to build a windmill for the village of Gambella in Kenya, Africa.
While my husband and I were brainstorming about how to raise the money, our
boys, Jordan and Nikolas, jumped in and said they wanted to help. Not only did they want to help, but they wanted to get their friends involved in helping too!
The boys have created a "Pocket Change to Change Our World" campaign and have
recruited their classmates, neighborhood friends, family, and even local
businesses to collect and donate as much pocket change as possible to this
project. Jordan and Nikolas are not only organizing the collection effort,
but they even donated their own "vacation jar" which they collect coins
in year-round, to go on a family road trip!
With just over 2 weeks left in this campaign the boys are very close to
crushing and surpassing their minimum goal!
County: Los Angeles California, USA
School: Royal Oaks Elementary
When Sabina Frohmann was 7 years old she painted her Daddy's nails. Suddenly she
shouted, "Daddy! I could do this for charity!"
Sabina loves animals, so the name "Pretty Paws" was born! And now Sabina sets up her table at the Beaches Boardwalk in Toronto and paints people's nails to raise money for The Toronto Humane Society.
Last summer she raised $433.92! This summer her goal is $1744.00, enough to
rescue, fix and care for 8 animals.
To help her reach her goal, Sabina talks to people on Facebook, Twitter,
and even has a Piggybackr site to take donations online.
Location: Toronto Ontario, Canada
School: Whitchurch Highlands Public School
Tara-Nicole is a Teen Actress, Director & Writer who is doing her part to
make a difference in the world one film at a time. 3 of the 5 films she's
written & directed deal with social issues.
In addition to acting, writing and directing, Tara-Nicole is also a
passionate community activist. Addressing issues such as bullying,
homelessness, eating disorders and waiting to date. She has been a guest
speaker at film festivals and events around the country, including
participating in a celebrity teen panel at the 2012 California Women’s
Conference and appearing at the Kids Helping Children anti-bullying rally
Tara-Nicole is the recipient of the meritorious Silver Award in Girl Scouting, The
Corlin National Community Service Award and National Community Service
awards from NAM & ACP. Tara-Nicole is passionate about the prevention and
treatment of eating disorders and has supported various fund raisers for
County: Stevenson Ranch California, USA
Kylie Trawick is not your average 13 year old. For the past four years her goal has been to complete a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail starting in Georgia and ending in Maine. Her dream will be coming true starting on March 21, 2013 when she starts her trip to bring awareness to local hunger.
When the decision was made for Kylie and her Dad to do the trip, Kylie's goal
was not only to complete the hike but also to make a difference. After
some research Kylie determined that she would hike to bring awareness to
Many families go hungry every day and depend on local food pantries to bridge the gap. Kylie’s conclusion was that the local food pantries need our help; they do not have enough food for the families in
need. So Kylie will be hiking to bring awareness to local hunger.
Kylie has been hiking now for 69 days as of May 29, has hiked 733 miles and has raised
over 5000 pounds of food!
County: New Gloucester Maine, USA
School: Gray New Gloucester Middle School
Alyssa's Bedtime Stories is a non-profit organization that brings happiness to underprivileged children by giving them books to read and pajamas to keep them warm.
When Alyssa Deraco was just 10 years old, she wanted to share her own love
for reading while helping those less fortunate. When she began collecting
used books and donating them to local organizations that help these
children, Alyssa’s Bedtime Stories was born.
Five years later, Alyssa's Bedtime Stories is still helping
underprivileged and homeless children. Since 2009, we've given more than
10,000 books and more than 5,000 pairs of pajamas to children in need. But
our mission is far from over...because as long as there are children that
need comfort, affection and love, we'll be there to bring joy into their
County: Lancaster Pennsylvania, USA
School: Hempfield High School
For 1 year Ella Vallely grew her long blonde hair. Her aim was to grow it long
enough to be able to cut 10 inches off to donate it to a UK based charity
called "Little Princesses". Little Princesses then take the hair and
make it in to a wig for a child with Cancer. During this period, Ella also
managed to raise over £1500 for the charity through various activities.
Ella has also taken part in Race for Life and run 5km when she was just 7
years old. She is also a 4th generation Pearly Queen. Pearly Kings and
Queens have been a fundamental part of London's history for over 100
years. Ella inherited her title through her mother's
family and avidly wears her pearly buttoned suit to raise money for
Most recently Ella worked for 4 hours on a train with her mum
entertaining kids and raising funds for a local charity called "Havens
Hospices" which looks after Children who are extremely ill. Ella is an
inspiration to many children her age and to her family and friends she is
already a hero.
Location: Essex, England
School: St Nicholas
For Richard Drummond's 6th birthday, he asked for nothing but shoes — shoes for school aged kids who cannot afford shoes otherwise.
many kids, wasn't always able to afford all the items needed to start
school. Some kids have to reach out to community support agencies for help.
Richard has decided he wants to give back and help out other families that
need it. He will help change someones day one shoe at a time.
Location: Cambridge Ontario, Canada
School: Centennial Public School
In early 2011, in her freshman year of high school, Michelle Duan became a
founding member and the secretary of a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that
had a goal to bring musical education to the youth of communities around
Massachusetts. She believes music is important because it helps form bonds
among people of different cultures, improves listening and reading
skills, and is proven to have long term benefits. She organized and acted
as a public relations manager as well as a secretary during that year and
lead other members in performances across Massachusetts in multiple towns.
In 2012, the organization expanded and has now spread nationally to
Alabama, North Carolina, New York, and New Jersey as she and the other
original members inspired others to do the same. In 2012, she also became
the president of the Massachusetts branch of the organization. Now, she remains the
president in 2013.
County: Wellesley Massachusetts, USA
School: Wellesley High School
Kendra McIntosh is a huge supporter against teen issues. She put on a large Community Safety Day in 2011 aimed at preventing and raising awareness of the dangers of Distracted Driving, Drinking & Driving, and Texting and Driving. She also brought in
activites/guest speakers covering topics from car seat safety all the way to bullying and drugs/alcohol.
Currently she is working on 2 different campaigns in relation to that. One for her school in October and another one that will come in the beginning of spring next year. She volunteers to promote the causes she feels passionate about. She donates whatever and
whenever she can to these causes.
Kendra has volunteered at the local foodbank on several occassions, at Kids Against Hunger, helped organize food drives and toy drives, and promotes animal rights and anti-bullying measures. She is also teaming up to help promote a new friend and supporter of making our world a cleaner, Greener Place.
County: Buncombe North Carolina, USA
School: TC Roberson
Eunice est une enfant reporter de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC). Cela signifie qu'elle a étudié et connaît presque par coeur la Convention relative aux droits de l'enfant.
Désormais elle s'engage en partageant tout ce qu'elle a appris avec ses amis, famille et voisins. Elle a réalisé plusieurs vidéos sur la situation des enfants en RDC et elle participe tous les mois à des émissions sur la télévision nationale aux côtés d'autres enfants reporters, de spécialistes et d'hommes politiques pour défendre ses droits. Elle organise également des jeux de plaidoyer pour sensibiliser le public sur des sujets spécifiques comme la santé ou l'éducation.
Lorsque le Sommet de la Francophonie a eu lieu à Kinshasa au mois d'Octobre dernier, elle a eu l'occasion de parler avec plusieurs membres du parlement de RDC et de les alerter sur le fait que de nombreux droits de l'enfant ne sont pas respectés dans son pays. Elle a également vécu un grand moment lorsqu'elle a été invitée au Sommet de l'Union Africaine à Addis Abeba où elle représenté les enfants d'Afrique Centrale devant les leaders Africains et a prononcé un discours remarqué intitulé "Nous, enfants d'Afrique". Son discours était impressionnant. Elle a rappelé les droits de l'enfant à la survie, la liberté d'expression, l'éducation, la santé et a appelé à l'élaboration d'une stratégie pour prévenir les conflits armés qui affectent les enfants.
Location: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Native Language: French
School: Lycée "SHAUMBA"
John collects new and used DVD's for Fisher House on the campus of the
West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Medical Center.
The Fisher House
is the military's version of Ronald McDonald House. These DVD's provide
hours of entertainment for families as they are away from home for medical
County: Los Angeles California, USA
At an extremely young age Sarah realized that it is important to be of
service to those in need. Her idea took root and flourished during a family
vacation while sampling some sweet treats at her hotel. Sarah realized she
could create equally delicious chocolate delights (cookies, cupcakes,
suckers, etc.) to sell.
Sarah looked to the future and her desire to attend
college. She decided half of the proceeds would be saved for her college
fund and the other half she would be donated to the Sault Ste. Marie,
Ontario hospice (ARCH- Algoma Residential Community Hospice). She fondly
refers to the hospice as heaven’s waiting room. Sarah does not set
prices, but accepts all donations in exchange for her tempting treats. To
date Sarah has humbly presented cheques totally $8662.00 to the hospice.
Sarah can also be counted on to support other very important causes.
She has made and donated chocolate suckers in the shape of a pink heart to
her fellow students as a reminder that bullying must be erased. To support
many of the students at her school with autism, she made and donated blue
chocolate suckers in the shape of a puzzle piece.
Location: Sault Ste Marie Ontario, Canada
School: St. Pius X
Reena Kumari initiated and led a drive against deforestation in her village. Despite the opposition of the local farming community, and all the odds against her, Reena stuck to her decision and through
a play and a rally, communicated the harms of over-grazing and
deforestation to her community.
Location: Haryana, India
School: Satya Bharti School
When Kieran was 6 years old he took an interest in raising food for the local food bank. He has held six food bank drives over this time and has raised a total of 12,420 pounds as well as over $2000 in cash for the local food bank.
Kieran's plan was simple. Have family and friends come to our house with non-perishable food items to donate for a once a year, 3 hour party. For those that participate they get their name put into a draw for prizes that are donated by friends, families and organizations. For every 10 pounds of food people bring, they get an additional ballot for the prize draw. Our friends and family are huge supporters of Kieran and his efforts, asking every year when the party is scheduled for and they get their competitive energy flowing for a great cause.
This year, as Kieran is in his last year of his elementary school he challenged his school to raise more food in their month long drive than he could in his three hour party. They took up the challenge and the Food Bank and its many families reaped the rewards.
Location: Calgary Alberta, Canada
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