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Rula Ammar is involved in many community service actions at her school. She did a stationary collection last year for the local teachers and distributed these collections to them. She arranged a club to sell cupcakes and apples and the revenues went to the Kids for Kids charity organization.
Nowadays, Rula, with her friends, have launched the initiative of SSS which stands for Sweaters, Shoes and Socks collection. The weather here has drastically dropped down and changed into extremely cold weather.She thought it would be helpful to support the local students who cannot afford to buy these things.
Rula won the Leadership Award at her school for the last 2 consecutive years for being an outstanding student in all aspects. I am very proud of her!
Location: Khartoum, Sudan School: Khartoum International Community School
CHANGE 4 GEORGIA (C4G) is a community service program that is inclusive to students and provides them with opportunities to thank our soldiers for their service, dedication and sacrifice in protecting our freedom and keeping our country secure. It was founded by Remington Youngblood, a fifth grader in Forsyth County, Georgia and benefits our brave troops by collecting items from their "Wish List" that they need or want. These are items that are not readily available or not provided, but that add comfort and fit in their backpacks. C4G also assists veterans and their families with food, clothing, school supplies, furniture, appliances, and personal items.
During Christmas 2012, Remington personally delivered hundreds of gifts to children of veterans and thousands of food items - both from his Friendly Food and Terrific Toy Drive. Each year, C4G awards $500 to a student veteran. This year's recipient was Chance Brown of Gainesville State College.
With the help of the VFW Post 9143, C4G has collected and sent thousands of items of comfort overseas to our service men and women. We have collected thousands of school supplies for the children of active-duty soldiers; thousands of food and personal items for veterans and their families who need assistance. Food, clothing and items of comfort from the “Wish List” Drives are on-going year round. In addition, C4G has raised over $5,000.00.
County: Forsyth Georgia, USA School: Riverwatch Middle
When Aubrey was 5 she bought her first post office box. She recently purchased a website. Aubrey collects cards for nominated children all over the world! She also takes cards and crafty kits to hospitals, especially her favorite hospital where she received much care.
It all started when she had a 2 week recovery period of no eating. Her mother collected cards for her to open to pass the time, and we were blessed with nearly 500. She wanted to continue the love and support she received in the hospital! Dr Oz recently mentioned her on his show!
County: Ohio, USA School: Unspecified
Gianna Pendleton, is a 16-year-old Junior at Analy High School in Sebastopol and has been involved in Gold Ridge 4-H for 9 years and the Sebastopol FFA for 3 years. Gianna has been a community service enthusiast for most of her life, always offering to lend a hand, joining in service activities and eventually as a teen member, she formed the Sonoma County 4-H Teen Community Service action group. The goal was to partner with service agencies, making the community a better place for less able and fortunate. Through monthly meetings, she invited 4-H club members to participate in; ringing bells for Salvation Army, gathering toiletries for the homeless, bringing hands on educational animal displays to the underrepresented and elderly clients, creating gift packs for military personnel, and more.
Gianna is never satisfied with the service she has given and continues to look for more activities to plan and complete. Other activities included making and delivering holiday tray favors to the convalescent homes, along with bringing projects to them and helping them work on their own crafts and coordinating caroling at the holiday time for them as well. The initial group of participants was small in nature; word spread in excess of 325 teen youth becoming part of the team, using their leadership to gather items of the month, translating into reaching out to over 600 families with items being donated. Through the ringing of bells for Salvation Army, over $28,000 was raised for the local organization. Using the same concept of teens being a powerful leadership base, she recruited teens at her high school to hold a breast cancer awareness football game in October raising funds for breast cancer.
County: Sebastopol California, USA School: Analy High School
Alex and her friend Lucy have been sending supplies to animals in need after the wake of Hurricane Sandy. They have delivered thousands of pounds of food and will be giving hundreds of dollars they collected to animals in need through the NJSPCA.
They have found they have a thankless job-- the animals cannot give them a high five and they can't "like" their Facebook page. However, they are quite humble and just want to help the animals.
They were given special access by the NJSPCA to Seaside and were able to witness the complete destruction. They have helped feed everything from boardwalk cats to boarded animals, to shelters and everywhere in between. They have been able to meet very amazing people but their focus is quite strong on helping the animals. They are very motivated with every thumbs up they get and I think these two girls deserve some recognition!!
County: Columbus New Jersey, USA School: Unspecified
Sebouh Bazikian started a project called "Bikes 4 Orphans" during the summer of 2012. He is an avid cyclist and when he heard that the orphans at the Machao Orphanage in Makueni, Kenya have to walk 2 hours every day to get to school, he knew that he had to make a difference. He believes that no one should be deprived of a proper education and so he decided to donate bicycles for all the kids at the orphanage.
With the bicycles they can go to school more quickly and they can learn history, mathematics, and literature rather than walk 2 hours in the scorching African heat. Bicycles are also very fun to ride, by giving them a bicycle to orphans who have almost no possessions, he gives them a sense of hope and self-worth. By partnering up with local bicycle shops and a bike clothing company he has started many fundraisers and is currently working on a bike-a-thon that will attract almost 200 people!.
I am so proud of my hero, he has raised $1350 and he needs another $2850. He has given these orphans hope and the opportunity of an education that will give them a brighter future and change their lives for the better.
County: Glendale California, USA School: St. Francis High School
I am so proud of my 8-year-old daughter, Clara. Inspired by the true story in the movie Dolphin Tale (about an injured dolphin, Winter, who is rescued in Florida but loses her tail), Clara decided to forego birthday gifts and instead held two fundraiser parties for Winter and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, which rescues and rehabilitates injured marine animals. Combined with some earnings from lemonade sales, Clara managed to raise $434 to donate to the aquarium.
We had the good fortune to be able to visit the aquarium last summer and allow Clara to present her donation in person. Inspired by her dedication, the director of development at the aquarium treated Clara to a mini backstage tour and photo-op with one of Winter's fellow resident dolphins. Beyond showing her compassion for animals and her leadership skills, Clara learned important life lessons from this undertaking that will serve her long into the future. And she continues to show her love of dolphins through other research and drawings.
County: Alexandria Virginia, USA School: Fort Hunt Elementary
Abigail has a love for Animals. For the year of 2013 she decided after watching a movie about marathon runners, that she would run for the animals. We created a Facebook page and for every mile she runs this year sponsors are donating money toward her cause.
Abigail's cause is the Frederick County Animal Shelter. Her goal for the year 2013 is 97 miles.
County: Frederick Maryland, USA School: Deer Crossing
Jeremy Medeiros, an 8 year old boy, learned that a friend of his needed a final reconstructive surgery after removal of a tumor from his jaw, but the financial responsibility was more than his parents could afford.
Jeremy decided that he wanted to raise the money for the surgery his friend so desperately needed. He chose to run a Hot Cocoa Stand for donations at a local grocery store. In just 8 days, he was able to raise the entire amount of $5475! What an amazing experience this has been for Jeremy!
County: Frederick Maryland, USA School: New Midway Elementary
This Thanksgiving I am thankful for my two amazing boys, Evan 8 and Mason 6 who are raising money for the victims of Superstorm Sandy. When we learned of the storm I had a talk with them. I explained how devastating this storm was and how many people are suffering. I asked them if they wanted to help. They both said yes!!! Evan asked me to "drain" his savings account of all but $11 (???) and send the rest of his money. Mason asked me to sell all of his toys and send the money to the victims. I could not believe how compassionate they were. I told them that sounded great but there had to be something else they could do.
They came up with the idea of a bake sale and they had a goal of $100. They have been selling to neighbors, friends and family. They met their goal and decided to keep going. They have raised close to $150 and are still at it. I thought I would share a photo with you. I am so very proud of these two amazing, compassionate children.
County: Waukesha Wisconsin, USA School: Muskego Elementary
Kylie has been doing community service since she was a toddler. She learned to count by sorting 300 booties for an orphanage in Russia. She learned colors by sorting clothes for an orphanage in Peru.
Kylie has been a college level reader since 2nd grade. She saw how adopted children and migrant children had difficulties not knowing the language. She has been a reading mentor for years. In 8th grade, she started a one year literacy project with the migrant worker facility in Fellsmere FL. A teacher suggested she submit the project to future problem solvers as a community service project. It won state and international. The project, like the domino effect, kept the project in motion and growing.
She has presented her ideas at the Asia Call World Conference on technology in language learning and evolved a project for interactive reading to one where she records public domain stories for the children to take the language learning out of the classroom. Kylie had never applied for recognition of herself but is now involved in seeking grants for expanding her project.
County: Brevard Florida, USA School: Melbourne HS
Lucy composed an album of original music at age 7 and is selling it for $10 apiece, and donating 100% of proceeds to a charity that feeds hungry children - Outreach, Inc. - Kids Care.
Lucy has directly paid for almost 30,000 meals so far and recently performed her music at an event in Philadelphia that provided over 57,000 meals for hungry children!
County: Hennepin Minnesota, USA School: Parnassus Preparatory School
Allyson Smith, age 5, has always had a passion for helping others. She has been inspired by her Great Grandma, "Mimi", who has devoted her life doing the same.
Allyson's kindergarden teacher asked her class to do a "free gift project" for Christmas. This project required each child in the class to do an act of kindness for someone at no cost. Allyson chose to assist patients at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington DC!
We contacted the hospital and found that the best way to help was to raise money as a donation. After looking at several different options, Allyson decided to hold a Yankee Candle Fundraiser. She went to friends, family, neighbors, and local business to get their support on her project. She sold over 100 candles totalling $1440.00 which Yankee Candle gave 40% back to her charity.
Currently, Allyson has over $710 in donations. She is still working through the month of November on collecting donations as well as new or gently used books, and new toys for the patients.
Getting others involved was very important for Allyson. She has gotten her class at school as well as her local preschool to make Christmas cards that will be delivered to the patients at the end of the month. She has hopes of making this an annual event where other kids will help raise support for her cause. Allyson has truly made an impact in her community and has been an inspiration to people of all ages, proving that Kids are Heroes!
County: Frederick Maryland, USA School: Unspecified
Nathan Boerner is working with Origami Salami as the Beta Chapter president. He just made 25 origami dragons along with Calista that raised over $1000 for Cincinnati Children's Hospital International Adoption center. He has also taught classes at his local library on how to fold origami. He has done that twice.
Nathan joined our family through international adoption and was born missing his right arm at the shoulder. Nathan does not see missing an arm as something that holds him back. I think he inspires others with what he has overcome. Nathan is kind to his 3 sisters and 3 brothers, and is always willing to help them and teach them
I believe he should be a part of Kids are Heroes.
County: Cincinnati Ohio, USA School: Home Education
When Nathaniel Drexler was 8 years old, in 2nd grade, his Social Studies teacher talked to the class about the shortage of clean, safe water supplies in developing communities. He was very struck my how many children spend hours a day walking to the nearest water source, missing opportunities for schooling, only to come home with dirty, contaminated water.
Nathaniel did some online research and found a charity organization that builds clean water wells in African villages and other third-world communities. This organization, called Charity:Water, spends 100% of their donation in the field, building wells.
Nathaniel went door-to-door in our neighborhood, selling popsicles, and raised money to donate to Charity:Water. Then, for his next 2 birthdays, he has asked friends and family to donate to a Charity:Water fundraising campaign instead of giving him gifts.
He has raised a total of $3000 for building clean water wells. He also made a presentation to his Hebrew School class, and the administration made a contribution from the students' charity donations.
Nathaniel is currently running a new fundraising campaign, which can be found under the Website link, below. He is hoping to raise $2000 through contributions and by asking for donations in lieu of holiday and birthday gifts. He hopes others will be inspired to bring clean, safe drinking water to kids throughout the world.
County: Montgomery Maryland, USA School: Bells Mill Elementary School