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Kids Lemonade Stand Makes Huge Impact

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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.kids lemonade stand frozen party

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.

kids lemonade stand books“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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Bath Bombs for Diabetes

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.

Bath Bombs for Diabetes

 

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.

Bath Bombs for Diabetes

 

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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Kids’ Community Service Projects Supported by Start A Snowball

Check out the grants we have given, you can browse them by clicking on the causes below or by clicking on the map below, maybe there is a kid doing good near you:

adoption-foster childrenAdoption/Foster Care           elder careElder Care                          literacyIlliteracy

childhood hungerChildhood Hunger                 hungerHunger                               performing artsArts

homelessHomelessness                        fight bullyingBullying                              educationEducation

health careHealthcare                              millitary-veteransMilitary/Veterans             specialneedsSpecial Needs

disadvantaged kidsDisadvantaged Kids              working togetherWorking Together             recycleEnvironmental

zoo Animals                                  dancinghall Fitness

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Grantees: 37.090240, -95.712891
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Once Upon A Run

This AL girl is putting together a running club that promotes fitness, reading, and girls' positive self image.

Hoover, AL, USA
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Bike Library

Hannah is working towards setting up free bikes to be checked out and used by visitors to a local state park.

Farmerville, LA 71241, USA
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Auburn Junior High School Garden Project

Auburn Junior High School student, Sarah, is working towards establishing a donation garden at her school.

Auburn, AL, USA
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IMPACT DANCE

12 Year old Madison who has battled with hearing loss and diabetes wants to encourage healthy living in her community through dance.

Chattanooga, TN 37406, USA
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Challenge H2O

This 10th grader is helping to reduce the consumption of sugary drinks and improving the diets of kids at her school.

Whittier, CA 90601, USA
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The Maria Joy Foundation

Click here to read about Taylor Tinsley started a foundation to build awareness and support for Foster Children and Adoption

Detroit, MI, USA
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ABC's With Love

The AZ teen is using her love for reading to provide books for orphaned children in Sonora, Mexico

Phoenix, AZ, USA
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Mercy for America's Children-Kid's Division

This organization here gives youth in the foster system the ability to help lead and mentor younger kids in the foster system.

Wake Forest, NC, USA
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Hidden Jewels Clothing

This young lady is collecting new and used clothing to give foster children something nice to wear.

Wake Forest, NC, USA
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You Gotta Have F.A.I.T.H.

Kinsington's organization is raising funds to help foster children find permanent homes and buy supplies for children in foster homes.

St Albans, WV, USA
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Gold Sponsorship

This young girl was once a Chinese orphan, now she is raising money to provide preschool to children still in orphanages in China

Corvallis, OR, USA
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Best Buddies

Check out how Connerton Elementary is pairing Basic Education students with Special Education students to design and execute their ow service project.

Spring Hill, FL, USA
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Serving Sweetwater Youth Ranch

Click here to read about how these girls are working to help a therapeutic riding program get started and gain publicity in order to help kids in need.

Weaverville, NC, USA
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Fantastic Friends

Marissa Hacker wanted to help her twin brother and other special needs kids, so she started Fantastic Friends to give teens and tweens with special needs the opportunity to socialize, relax, have fun, and let their inner start shine through.

Voorhees Township, NJ, USA
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Sweet Change

This 11 year old is inspired by her brother's life with Cerebral Palsy is selling lemonade to buy toys, hats, and cool stuff to kids with special needs.

Brockton, MA 02301, USA
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Bright Young Dyslexics

Carter and Caragan have started an organization to raise awareness of Dyslexia and help them to succeed.

De Pere, WI, USA
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ISS Community Service Gardening

Students with Disabilities get involved in Philanthropy Project that involves Gardening for community in South Shore, Staten Island New York

Staten Island, NY 10312, USA
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Pack A Sack

Click here and read about how this FL girl and her family started a program that sends bags of food home with hungry kids on the weekends.

Land O' Lakes, FL, USA
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William's weekend for Back Pack buddies

Click here to read how this NC kid is working to feed hungry kids in his community.

Raleigh, NC, USA
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11 for Jordan

Elizabeth is at it again and raising money for PKU research and helping to feed the hungry at the same time.

Brooklyn, NY 11209, USA
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Kids Feeding Kids Food & Fun Fest

Elementary-aged Sisters Want to Feed Kids' Bellies and Minds

Charlotte, NC 28216, USA
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Peanut Butter and Jelly Time

Norte Vista Global Citizens are working to give women and children's shelters hope one peanut butter and jelly sandwich at a time.

Riverside, CA 92503, USA
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Mariah's H.O.P.E.

Eight year old Mariah Seay has decided that she will change the world one person at a time! She is collecting canned foods and seasonal wraps for homeless youth in her community.

Chicago, IL 60620, USA
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Brickshare helps homeless

This young man is collecting used Lego pieces and repackaging them as new toys along with school supplies, books, and other things kids need and giving them to disadvantaged children.

Aliso Viejo, CA, USA
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Family Blanket Project

Click here to be inspired by this 13 year old who is using her community to make blankets for kids in a local shelter for people displaced due to economic reasons.

West Bend, WI, USA
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Warm Winters

Click here and be inspired by the 2 girls that are taking the lost and found from ski resorts and keeping the homeless warm.

Walnut Creek, CA, USA
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Gloves With Love and Hats from Our Hearts

These elementary school students are collecting hats and gloves for local homeless shelters.

Indianapolis, IN, USA
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Nerds Rule: Homeless Care Packages

This group of students are helping to feed hungry kids over the weekend.

Chula Vista, CA, USA
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Camp Compassion

This 11 year old is organizing her friends to make casseroles for a homeless shelter.

Salem, UT, USA
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Operation Happy Paws

Willow is making and selling pet toys to raise money to buy socks for the homeless."

Ringwood, NJ 07456, USA
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2 Pairs Each

9 year old Joshua is working towards collecting 50,000 pairs of socks to give the homless in his area 2 pairs each.

Australia
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Jania Bakes

10 year old Jania held a bake sale to by food and clothes for the homeless.

Greenville, SC 29601, USA
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Kids Can

A teacher at Kodiak Middle School is teaching her art classes to make blankets that will be donated to a local homeless shelter.

Kodiak, AK, USA
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Hula against Homelessness

Jade and her organization calles GRACErs is holding a Hawaiian themed party to raise money to fight homelessness.

Bigfork, MN 56628, USA
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East Aurora High Habitat for Humanity

This group of high school kids are using their grant money to get more students involved I habitat for humanity.

Montgomery, IL, USA
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'Because we can'-Little helping hands

Justice is in the third grade and hopes to collect things to help keep the homeless warm.

Indianapolis, IN 46239, USA
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Soda Can Planters for the Homeless

8 year old Nate is recycling tin cans into planters to sell to buy needed supplies for homeless youth and their pets at Collide NYC.

Ringwood, NJ 07456, USA
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Best Friends Violet and Adeline Save the World

6 year old Adeline is collecting socks for the homeless.

Spokane Valley, WA 99212, USA
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Cans for a cause

9 year old Sean is working to recycle 100,000 cans and bottles to get $5000 for homeless Youth center.

Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA
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Blessing Bags

7 year old phantropist Makenzee want to help teach friends the power of caring and blessing others by giving out care packages and blessing bags to the homeless.

Annapolis, MD, USA
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Care for your Own

12 year old Alexis is working towards collecting canned goods and blankets for our local homeless families living at Salvation Army

Pinellas Park, FL 33782, USA
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B.Box (aka 'Birthday Box')

Celebrate. Smile. Repeat. is the B.Box (aka “Birthday Box”) motto. Friends since 1st grade, 3 teens throw birthday parties for other teens, who happen to be homeless! Each B.Box has everything needed to celebrate each child at the shelter-just because.

Bellevue, WA 98004, USA
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Give Coffee

4 year old Christiona is giving coffee and conversation to the homeless in the DC Area. She's collecting blankets, socks, and care packages to accompany her coffee effort. Her coffee ministry is to keep them warm, she calls the homeless her "Customers".

Waldorf, MD, USA
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Blanket and Stuffed Animal Collection Drive

8 year old collecting blankets and stuffed animals for homeless children

Milford, DE, USA
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Hawaiian Restaurant

Local group is raising money for homeless children in Hawaii through Hawaiian Restraunt themed party!

Bigfork, MN 56628, USA
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Gift Bags for the Homeless

These 6th to 8th graders hope to help 240 homeless people.

Rochester, MN 55901, USA
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Service Learning/Culture Shock

Megan has started an organization that gets youth involved in helping those who are less fortunate in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
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Campus Chapter Seed Money

These students are mobilizing to help fight homelessness

Montgomery, IL, USA
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10 for Jordan

Click here to read about how one girl ran a bake sale and raised ove $4000 for PKU research to help one of her friends have a cure.

Brooklyn, NY, USA
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BuddeeBags

Click hereto learn about a cool project started by a 10 year old to make bags to help those bound to wheel chairs

Warminster, PA, USA
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Lemons to lemonade

Click here and enjoy seeing how these sisters ran their own lemonade stand and threw a "Frozen" party for kids at a local children's hospital.

Prattville, AL, USA
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C. Grant Grimshaw School: Kids Helping Kids

Click hereTo read how the kids in this school are banding together to raise much needed dental supplies for those in need.

Lafayette, NY 13084, USA
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Bath Bombs for Diabetes

Click here to see how this young lady made bath products and sold them to raise money for Juvenille Diabetes research

Columbia, MD, USA
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Crafting for All Childrens

This group gives elementary students a way to craft to help other sick children.

Land O' Lakes, FL, USA
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Hopper The Cancer Crusher

Click hereTo read about this inspiring young girl names Kelsey who lost her older sister to cancer and has created a therapy toy that helps medical staff teach kids about their treatment. She dreams of her own non-profit and a Hooper the Cancer Crusher in the arms of every child diagnosed with cancer.

Mifflinburg, PA 17844, USA
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Angel of Hope

This 7th grader lost her great-grandmother to cancer and is doing bake sales to raise money for City of Hope Hospital .

Lake Elsinore, CA, USA
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Autism Awareness Benefit

Clickhere to read about how this teenager run service club (NMR) is using their grant money to publicize an autism awareness event and fundraiser

Turlock, CA, USA
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Love Knots Preemie Bundles

This cool 11th grader has dozens of volunteers working to make bundles of hats, booties, and blankets for premature babies that cannot go home with their famalies

Newtown, PA 18940, USA
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Caring House Chef

An 8 year old is making sure cancer patients at the caring house feel at home with a home cooked meal.

Raleigh, NC 27609, USA
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Helping Hands Reaching Out

This girls' mentoring program is teaching community service by making cards for kids in a local children's hospital.

Hermitage, TN 37076, USA
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Paco's Card Project

This young man is getting his Junior Honor Society members together to make cards for patients at Detroit Children's Hospital

Detroit, MI, USA
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Happy Cards for Kids

This young man is making cards to help cheer up kids in the hospital.

Columbia, SC 29229, USA
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Ainsley's Lemonade Stand

7 year old Ainsley is running weekly lemonade stands to raise at least $5,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma society.

Alexandria, VA 22302, USA
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Walk for Wishes Glow 5k

15 year old Jennifer is has a goal to raise $5,000 to help Make A Wish

Jefferson City, MO, USA
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Helping Children's Hospitals

This school in NY had a theme of community service for summer school and had student collaborate in teams to put together projects to help local women's and children's hospitals.

Great Valley, NY 14741, USA
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Gane Givers

Ali is working towards supplying video games for sick kids in hospitals around Atlanta.

Atlanta, GA 30350, USA
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Knotted Hope

At age 14, Molly and Addie are making fleece tie blankets to send to kids, sick, in the hospital.

Ogilvie, MN 56358, USA
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The Movie and Game Project for Kids

12 year old Torrin has already collected over 600 dvd's for ill children in the hospital. He is working toward expanding his collection to include video games to brighten up their stay in the hospital!

Cumberland, RI, USA
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Chemo Bags

I am creating bags of items such as lotion, lemon drops, mints, plastic spoons, forks, and knifes, and hand sanitizer. I have learned that these items are nice for patients going through chemo therapy. I hope to brighten people's lives.

Appleton, WI, USA
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Help for the Hospital

In the 2nd grade Amanda started making scarves for kids in the hospital, now she is helping others do it too.

Jacksonville, FL 32256, USA
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Packing Hope

Project In Process: This 1st grade class is working together to pack backpacks full of basic needs for disadvantaged children

St. Louis, MO, USA
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Serving Northview

Readhow these girls are spending their time helping those in need in a local low income housing community

Weaverville, NC, USA
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Remember Our Titans

This program started by high school kids sends care packages and supplies to economically disadvantaged graduated from their school in college.

Shelbyville, KY 40065, USA
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Rainbow Pack

Click here and learn about how Riley Gantt is getting school supplies to those in need.

Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, CA, USA
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Students Helping Students at North View

Readhow these girls are spending their time helping those in need in a local low income housing community

Weaverville, NC, USA
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Comfort For Kids

Click here About this 13 year old who was inspired to help children dealing with crisis by making sure they get a holiday stocking.

Fuquay Varina, NC, USA
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The Bundle Up Club

Click hereTo read about how these sisters are making scarves and hats to help the less fortunate.

Ada, OK, USA
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Operation Blazin Divaz Backpack give away

Blazin Divaz Dance Team was formed n order to give disadvantaged children the ability to be on a dance team, they are working to supply school supplies to low income children.

Durham, NC 27703, USA
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Lady Viper Mentors

This girl's soccer team is giving back and helping other girls experience the benefits of being on a team, and working together.

Vauxhall, Union, NJ, USA
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Backpacks 4 Kids AZ

At 12 years old this girl is collecting backpacks full of school supplies for kids in need.

Tolleson, AZ, USA
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Tractors, Cars, Dolls, and Toys for Little Girls and Boys

Sofia is creating hope and happiness for the less fortunate children by giving them toys and delivering joy.

Marion, KY 42064, USA
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Gabriel's House Backyard Stage and Landscaping

Taylor is helping low-income children itheir city develop their public performing and speaking skills along with pulling a neighborhood together as a community.

Palmdale, CA 93551, USA
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Little Lights

This class is working together to help kids in need

Ashford, CT, USA
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Debbie's Treasure Chest in the Schools

These sisters are working together to help kids in need with school suppliws

Methuen, MA, USA
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Abby's Sweet Feet

Abby is helping kids in need get new shoes and socks.

Red Bluff, CA 96080, USA
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Kidz Giving Hunt

8 Year old Bryce continues his mission to help children around the world by donating presents to underserved children for the holidays. He also recruited local friends join him, by sharing his philosophy "if you don't give, you don't get"

Newburgh, NY, USA
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Recharge your mind

Learning at an early age should be accessible to all children according to 16 year old Hannah, who has started a project to distribute learning toys with battery charger kits to disadvantaged children in the area.

Candor, NY 13743, USA
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Project Uplift

Kids add flair to local park by painting swings and play areas

Baltimore, MD 21215, USA
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Junior Leaders Volunteer to make Camp Come True

Youth of the Junior Leadership Council of SCOPE will make and fill "Dream Boxes" with basic camper bunk needs for over 40 economically disadvantaged children who have been given the opportunity to go to sleep away camp through SCOPE scholarships.

Rockville Centre, NY, USA
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Victory for Youth

Teen Power Ministry is working towards empowering the youth by providing children and teens in impoverished areas with a stable environment for after school tutoring, fun and safe outings and support in times of need.

Raleigh, NC 27610, USA
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Kida Helping Others Stay Warm

Local first grade class is helping children in need with a winter coat

Lavaca, AR 72941, USA
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Volunteennation.org- Emerg. Prep Kits

Click here to read about a 4th grade calss that got together to make emergency safety kits for the elderly.

St. Louis, MO, USA
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Tylers eagle project

For his Eagle project Tyler is making blankets and getting books for the elderly who are home-bound.

West Covina, CA 91790, USA
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Kingsville Recycles

This 10 year old is working to make recycling easier for the residents of his community.

Kingsville, MO 64061, USA
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Butterfly Gargen at Camp Sobaco

These girl scouts are building a butterfly garden to help Monarch butterflies have a safe place during migration.

Setauket- East Setauket, NY, USA
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Operation 86

Justin is teaching his community about the dangers of Radon and helping those in need with Radon testing kits

Granada Hills, Los Angeles, CA, USA
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Project Greenification

At 17, Victoria is working to start a garden at her school to help teach kids about the environment and pass it on to future students to keep the teaching alive.

Chatsworth, Los Angeles, CA, USA
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Ny is a Great Place to BEE!

Elizabeth is raising money and awareness to help increase the bee population in NY.

Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY, USA
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Operation Clean Beaches

Local kids conservation group aiming to keep beaches debris-free using repurposed and recyclable containers

Vero Beach, FL 32967, USA
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Power of Recycling

These Girl Scouts are starting a curbside recycling program in their community.

Dunlap, IA 51529, USA
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Start A Snowball was started after the founders were inspired by what their 7 year old son was able to do when he was moved by a cause, and was given the support he needed to get his project off the ground. One of our main goals is to support kids that want to take on their own community service project through grants.  We are pleased to highlight the projects we have supported with grants, the projects that are currently ongoing, and some projects that are approved and pending funding. You can help by donating to Start A Snowball. This will give us the funds needed to fund the kids community service projects that are pending funding below, and to continue to fund projects and help kids do good.

Help us by donating today to help us fund these Kids’ and Other Kids’ Community Service Projects:

There are so many kids out there that want to do good and make a difference in their world. Help us support these and other kids’ community service projects through our grants. Your donation can help kids like these see the power that they can have to change the world, and help build a generation of givers that have the power to fight problems facing our world in a way that has never been done before.

 

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Kids' community service If we are to teach real peace in the world, we shall have to begin with the children-Gandhi

The Maria Joy Foundation

start a snowball supports the maria joy foundation

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: Maria Keller & Read Indeed

 Kids Helping Kids Read

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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:

  • 2/3 of children who cannot read by the end of the fourth grade will end up in jail or on welfare
  • One child in 4 grows up not being able to read

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.”

Get Involved

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.

 

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Arizona Teen Starts an Anti-Bullying Snowball

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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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William’s Week For Back Pack Buddies – Fighting Childhood Hunger

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William raised $305 and 1400 lbs of food for Back Pack Buddies

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

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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.

The food drive kid fighting against childhood hunger

In his third year he collected 9000 lbs of food and $11,000 to fight childhood hunger!