In light of such bad news all the time, it is so refreshing to read some good news every now and again. Two 14-year-old twin brothers, Jake and Max Klein, founded a charitable website called Kids that Do Good. These wonderful young men started working on their own charitable works for the community at the age of 4. At one point, they were told they were “too young” to volunteer in a local soup kitchen, so they ventured out on their own to create their own charitable foundation. Every month, they choose a a new charity to support, the idea being to encourage all kids to give back to the community. (Today).
In my role as an elementary school educator, I am constantly speaking with children about “practicing kindness.” Unfortunately, I am stunned to find children as young as kindergarten saying really mean things to each other, calling each other names, etc. It can be disheartening at times, but I am always encouraged by the child who shares toys and crayons without being asked, or the one who gives another child a pat on the back when they see tears or befriends a child that others won’t. These young boys are incredibly inspiring to me, and I hope that they are ultimately successful in encouraging other children to participate.
As one who has dreams of starting a non-profit for victims of sex trafficking, without the courage to actually do it, there is much to be admired about this foundation and the young dreamers who started it. The website, http://kidsthatdogood.com, is very well laid out clearly shows the two ways to get involved – volunteer for one of the listed causes or bring others to your cause by listing it on the site. Their goal is specifically to connect kids to ways to give back – so I believe the possibilities may be endless for elementary schools, key clubs, youth groups, etc.
I just love what they young men have done. I have no clue what their religious backgrounds may be, but they are most certainly living the Church. They are also really fearless, and I greatly admire their courage.
Thank you boys for inspiring all of us to “be” the change we want to see in the world. I hope your work for the community grows and continues and that others (myself included) will take part in more and more work for the community.
Matthew 18:1-4 (NRSV): At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 He called a child, whom he put among them, 3 and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Serve all with love.
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