Kids Lemonade Stand Proceeds go to Patient Party at Children’s Hospital, Books Honoring Teacher
By MJ Vieweg, Staff Writer
Two young sisters turned to StartASnowball.org for help with their lemonade stand start-up costs. The two sisters, Mylee (6) and Maggie (7) Kervin received a grant for $100.00.
“The grant allowed us to purchase the items necessary to run the lemonade stand,” said the girls’ mother, Kim Kervin.
Initially, the girls wanted to raise money for laminated paper doll characters of the Disney movie “Frozen” to give to patients at “Frozen”-themed party at the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama last July. “We were able to raise more than $900 the summer “Frozen” party,” Kervin said.
Mylee and Maggie’s Lemons to Lemonade Stand raised about $1000 to purchase books for a local school. The book donation is in honor of one of the school’s teachers who was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“Everyone is very supportive and impressed that two young children are ‘running the show’,” said Kervin.
Just because summer is over, that does not mean Mylee and Maggie have closed down the stand. The girls plan to continue to raise money throughout the year by selling cider and hot chocolate during the winter.
Find more resources about kids lemonade stands and other projects visit our page on Kids’ Community Service Project Ideas.
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Susan C. of Columbia, Maryland thinks a lot about Juvenile Diabetes, as two of her siblings have it. She has always appreciated the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), having participated in five of their DC area walks.
At the same time, she has seen all the different clever bath products advertised on TV and displayed at the mall. So she thought about making her own to contribute to the diabetes research cause, and asked Start a Snowball for help.
With help from friends & family and an array of ingredients on the kitchen table she made the bath bombs for diabetes from a recipe off the web, as shown below, and sold them door-to-door in her neighborhood.
With careful budgeting she cleared a profit and with excitement sent a check to the JDRF in August, 2014.
Susan said “I was so happy to contribute to the JDRF and it was fun making the different kinds of bath bombs– different colors and scents. People who bought them really liked them, and none of this would have happened without the grant from Start a Snowball.”
Start A Snowball is passionate about supporting kids in their efforts to help others. We believe that through helping kids like Susan to do good we can encourage a generation of givers that, in adulthood, will tackle the problems facing our world unlike any generation we have seen. If you would like to apply for a grant to help support a kid’s community service efforts click the button below.
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There are community service organizations that “do good”, and then there are community service organizations that do great – that go above and beyond. The Maria Joy Foundation is doing just that.
I was first introduced to foster and adoption as a child when my mother remarried a gentleman who had adopted a beautiful young girl. We were a blended family and the adjustment was not easy, but over the years I’ve been blessed to have the sister I would not have otherwise had, had it not been for adoption.
As a married husband and father of three in Florida, we see the SIGNIFICANT need to serve children and families in need. To that end we’ve become foster parents and despite dealing with the challenges of the “system”, we feel a strong calling to serve God and children in need. Foster parenting is not easy—frankly, it’s thankless—however the need continues to grow within our communities to help children without a loving family.
The Maria Joy Foundation is focused on increasing awareness and support for the foster care and adoption system. Children within our communities are in desperate need for advocacy, love, attention, and positive reinforcement. Start A Snowball received a grant request from Taylor Tinsley, the teenage daughter of Olivia Maria Joy, who was once a foster child adopted along with her brothers and sisters. Taylor founded The Maria Joy Foundation, and she believes every child in this world deserves a loving family.
A startling number of children in America are suffering from a hidden epidemic of child abuse and neglect. Every year, more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving more than 6 million children. The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations—losing an average between four and seven children every day to child abuse and neglect.
The purpose of the Maria Joy Foundation is to host events for children, participate in community service projects, and organize fundraisers to raise funds for children in foster care, as well as promote child adoption awareness. In addition to supporting awareness, the Maria Joy Foundation seeks to help children with literacy by organizing events for reading and book drives. This year, Taylor plans to use her grant from Start a Snowball to make sure the foster kids in her area have the school supplies they need when they go back to school.
It’s an honor to support the Maria Joy Foundation at Start A Snowball. Our funds are helping create scholarships for children within the foster care system. We look forward to continued support and expansion of the program. We continue to be amazed with this generation of youth and their devotion to service, what we see forming is the next “Greatest Generation” and it’s being led by children like Taylor.
By John Mize, VP Start a Snowball Board of Directors
Kids Helping Kids Read
In 5 Years Maria Keller has helped distribute over 1 million books to kids in need
Fighting Childhood Illiteracy: Revisited
Kids helping kids is one of the most inspiring things that can happen when they get involved in community service. We recently published a post about How Kids can help fight childhood illiteracy, and sited several shocking statistics about the effects of childhood illiteracy, such as:
As a follow up to that piece we want to talk about the impact one inspired girl has had, and how other kids can get involved to help supply the tools kids around the world need to learn to read and become proficient readers.
Kids Helping Kids Read: Maria Keller and Read Indeed
At age 8 Maria Keller loved to read and quickly learned that not every child has books to read. Maria says, “When I learned how many kids in the world don’t have even one book in their home, I was shocked.” Knowing what she would be missing if she did not have access to books, she decided that she wanted to do something to help. In order to make a difference in the world around her she started Read Indeed, a non-profit organization that wants to make the world a better place, one book at a time. “I have learned how vital it is that kids have the tools to learn how to read and to become proficient readers. I just want to do my part to help make that happen, because being literate has a dramatic effect on their ability to provide for themselves when they grow up,” explains 13 year-old Founder and CEO Maria Keller.
Maria is a shining example of the power of one kid to change the world. At age 8 when Maria started her push to provide books to kids in need her goal was to provide 1 million books. 5 years later she has already eclipsed that goal by collecting books valued at over $4 Million, and keeps on moving. She has gotten national recognition on the Ellen Show, and has recently been awarded the prestigious Jefferson Award for public service. Moved by the award’s namesake who said, “I cannot live without books,” Maria strives to fulfill Jefferson’s legacy, and says, “as I continue in my mission, I learn that the number of kids who have no books are in the hundreds of millions. So I just can’t give up even after reaching my original goal of 1 million books distributed.”
Kids helping kids get the tools they need to learn to read, and embrace the love of reading is a great way to get kids involved in community service. Maria and Read Indeed offer lots of opportunities for others to get involved. If you live in the Minneapolis area you can help in person. They open the Read Indeed warehouse the 2nd Saturday and 4th Friday of every month for volunteers to sort/count books, drop off donated books, and for organizations to pick up books for the kids they serve. If you would like to sign up to help in person click here. If you don’t live close to their warehouse you can host your own book drive and even utilize the read indeed name and logo to help promote it. Click here for more information on hosting your own book drive for kids in need of books in your area.
Start A Snowball is proud to award Maria a grant to help her further her goal of making the world a better place one book at a time. If you would like to apply for a grant to support a kid’s community service project click the button below.
Arizona Teen Starts an Anti-Bullying Snowball
Young people in the United States have a tremendous amount of power to affect change in the communities around them. At Start A Snowball, we want to remind young people that they have the power to change things for the better. We want to encourage them and empower them to act on their desire to help those around them.
When Josh Kaplan, a then Arizona elementary school student, began receiving negative text messages from classmates, his older brother Matthew took notice. High school student Matthew Kaplan saw that the text messages his younger brother was receiving said things like, “you suck” and “you’re a jerk”. Matthew realized that when you hear things like this enough you may start believing it, and he decided he was going to do something about it.
Once Matthew saw the trouble his brother was having, he realized he could make a difference for his brother and many others as well. Determined to change what he had witnessed, not only for his brother, but for other middle school kids, Matthew created an anti-bullying campaign structured through interactive workshops. He called his program The Be O.N.E. Project. During a fun-filled day of interactive games, The Be O.N.E. Project builds bridges, opens lines of communication, and instills a sense of trust and community.
Most efforts to address bullying focus on high school. The Be O.N.E. Project recognizes that, by high school, bullying behavior is often ingrained. The time to intervene comes earlier – in middle school – before the bullying behavior becomes habit. The Be O.N.E. Project challenges students to focus on their similarities and to celebrate their differences. The magic of The Be O.N.E. Project is its cornerstone philosophy that peer pressure can be captured and reversed, so that students challenge each other to include rather than to exclude, and to support rather than discourage each other.
Matthew has shown that the focus and determination of youth is a powerful force. He is spreading his anti-bullying program throughout his home state of Arizona, and is now being asked to work with officials in other states around the country to discuss how his program may be able to be spread even further. He is showing us all what it means to create a snowball. Because of this, Start A Snowball is pleased to help Matthew’s project by awarding him with one of its first grants.
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The Food Drive is Kid Fighting Childhood Hunger
William raised $305 and 1400 lbs of food for Back Pack Buddies
William planned “William’s Week for Back Pack Buddies” which benefited the Back Pack Buddies Program at his school. The Back Pack Buddies Program (“BPB”) is run by the Interfaith Food Shuttle in partnership with local elementary schools. The program provides backpacks full of food for children from food-insecure homes. The children in need take home a backpack containing 6 meals each Friday. William’s concern was that for Spring Break this year, the children are out of school for 10 days. He knew that 1 backpack wouldn’t last for 10 days, so he decided to find a way to get enough food that the children would stay full for the entire Spring Break. He formulated a plan that included approaching 2 local businesses for their support and then promoting his project to various groups. He talked with the owner and marketing manager of a local Mexican restaurant, and convinced them to give free cheese dip to anyone that donated an item of food off the approved “Backpack Buddies Food List”. He initially asked the restaurant to do this for one night, but the owner of the restaurant was so impressed by William that he extended the event to 3 days. The restaurant created at Facebook page for their part of the event and received an amazing response. William also approached the manager of a local grocery store and convinced the manager to let him stand outside of the store for 2 days and solicit donations for BPB. At first, the manager was a little hesitant, but William asked the manager to “think win/win” and noted that people would be buying more groceries than normal (meaning more income for the store) and William would get more food for BPB. The manager was speechless and told William that he was extremely impressed with his drive. Then,William made speeches about the event at Church and at Scouts, and distributed flyers throughout our neighborhood. Then, despite having sustained a concussion while roller skating a few days prior these events, William visited the restaurant all 3 of the days they held their event, and then stood outside of the grocery story soliciting
William Collected 3600 lbs of food and over $9000 in his second hear.
donations for over 10 hrs. So, over a weekend, William collected approximately 1,400 lbs of food and $305 in cash donations for BPB. The school was so overwhelmed and excited about the donations. The guidance counselor immediately realized that she could send home a backpack full of food every day between the delivery date and the start of spring break and the kids would get enough food to keep them full over spring break. William inspired his friends, Church members, neighbors and members of the community to donate to this worthy cause. When he was only 7 years old and in the 1st grade he already had the compassion and ability to think beyond his own needs. He had amazing initiative and willingness to work for good through his philanthropy efforts.
William has continued his project and has experienced even more success in 2014. He expanded to 4 grocery stores in addition to the restaurant. He spoke about his project to his second grade
class, his entire school, on the local news, at church, and at Cub Scouts. He has now created his very own website to help put all the information about his project in one place, and has now received worldwide attention for his work. So far in 2014 he has collected over 3500 pounds of food and over $4000 in donations. He has recently been contacted by The National Peanut Board, and has received $3500 from them to help continue to fight childhood hunger.. He has truly started a snowball!
In another update to this fabulous story, William was at it again on 4/18/15. He worked with over 150 volunteers at 10 local grocery stores and collected 9000 pounds of food and $11,000 to help feed hungry kids in his community. That brings his total to almost 14000 pounds of food and over $21,000 he has collected! Keep up with his at www.thefooddrivekid.org.
In his third year he collected 9000 lbs of food and $11,000 to fight childhood hunger!