Never underestimate the giving heart of a child. Every day I’m shocked to see how giving my children really are. From collecting canned goods for food drives to gathering toys each year for the less fortunate, my children, often, teach me just what it means to make an impact on our small community. I’m definitely a proud Momma watching them grow and embrace what it means to make a difference.
This month, I’m not the only one celebrating our youth and the positive impact they make. Farm Rich, a popular lineup of frozen snacks and appetizers, is kicking off the third annual Kids Who Give contest, which celebrates young people making a positive impact in the world. Do you know a kid who goes over and beyond in their community? This contest would be PERFECT for them.
Open to youth aged 7-17 who reside in the U.S., the contest awards kids giving back to their communities through volunteer work. For 2012, Farm Rich will recognize quarterly winners as well as an annual grand-prize winner who will receive $10,000 for the charity of his or her choice.
A first-, second-, and third-place winner will be chosen each quarter to receive donations of $3,500, $1,500 and $1,000, respectively, for their chosen charities. Honorable mentions each quarter get a “Pat on the Back” gift card of $250. The grand-prize winner, chosen through a public online vote next January, will receive a gift of $10,000 to donate to a selected charity or charities.
How to Enter:
To enter, kids should go to www.kidswhogive.com and submit a 250- to 500-word essay explaining their volunteer work and how it has helped others. Entrants are also encouraged to include a creative representation of their story along with their entries. Contest rules, details and deadlines are included on the website.
Last year’s Kids Who Give honorees showed how kindness, determination and hard work can move mountains. They included:
- Nathan Hickey of Monrovia, Calif., who formed Mountain Biking for Pablove to support kids with cancer.
- Ricky Springer of McDonough, Ga., who started Racing for a Cause to educate others on the disorder eosinophillic colitis, which he suffers from himself.
- Mariah Reynolds, a Cincinnati, Ohio, resident who’s been volunteering since she was 6 years old. Today, she’s behind three non-profits: Just One Heart, gLove One Another and Heal the Soul.
- Rujul Zaparde from Plainsboro, N.J., founded Drinking Water for India, which raises money to build tube-wells in remote Indian villages.
So do I really have to ask? How many kids do you know who are truly making a difference in the community? Why not direct them to the Farm Rich, Kids Who Give Contest, and arm them with the ability to extend their reach?
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