Blare Gooch at age thirteen wisely said, “It doesn’t really matter how small or old you are, if you’re young and think you can’t make a big difference in the world, well you actually can.”
These words of wisdom prove to be true as told by the inspiring stories of these eight outstanding kids who have made a difference in their communities.
We often think we’re too insignificant to make a difference, and that our one and only, lonely action of kindness cannot change the world, but boy are we wrong. As I learned through the stories of these kids, we can do so much. Like Walt Disney once said “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” If these kids can do it, we have no excuses!
There’s so many different ways we can make an impact, leave a footprint, change the world. From performing dances, to collecting teddy bears to sewing blankets, these kids have all changed someone’s life.
We’ve almost all been at a Wal-Mart or Target during mid-August shopping for school supplies. Notebooks will cost 60 cents and backpacks 5 dollars. Jason and Tristan took that opportunity to start their organization “Backpacks for New Beginnings.” In 2009 alone they donated 400 backpacks; they believe that “To get good jobs and have a good life, you need a good education.”
Sometimes our charitable spirit comes from something intimate. For example, Winter Vinecki raised 10,000 dollars for prostate cancer research after her father was taken from her by this disease. Before that she had raised 1,100 dollars for cancer research. She did all of this between the ages of 8 and 9. She still continues to raise awareness through her nonprofit “Team Winter.”
These are just a couple of kids who have made a difference, but there are plenty more like them. It’s great to see kids learning and embodying the values of charity, kindness and spreading love and joy in the ways that they can. Our children are our future, and judging by these kids, our future is looking pretty bright!