Thursday, January 6, 2011

Kids Caring 4 Kids

Photo Credit: Kids Caring 4 Kids

As adults, we all say, "I can't give right now..."  We say that because there are bills to pay, food to buy, and all sorts of other expenses.  We find something else to buy instead of give.  And yet, kids around the world are giving so much -- donating money from their part-time paychecks and allowances, and often in a much larger percentage than their parents.

Kendall Ciesemier was 11 when she watched a special episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show and decided that she needed to solve the problem of the 12 million AIDS orphans in Africa.  She organized Kids Caring 4 Kids, modeled after the "loving family, supportive friends, and high-quality medical care" she received during her own battles -- two liver transplants in one summer.  Instead of gifts during her hospital stay, Kendall asked for donations to World Vision.  World Vision allows you to sponsor a child; for about $1 a day, sponsors provide access to clean water, nutritious food, healthcare, education, and more.

Kendall works to inspire kids to give back in their own way -- through lemonade stands, car washes, donating allowance money, mowing lawns, etc.  "i care 2" kits to teach children the meaning of philanthropy, self-created fundraising pages, and ideas for getting involved at every age level are all available on the KC4K website.  Her positive impact led her to win Glamour Magazine's 2010 Women of the Year: Readers' Choice Award.  Adults: let Kendall inspire you.  Giving just 1% of your income each year can save the lives of so many.

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