It may have been pretty difficult to get back into the swing of things if you stayed up late last night to watch the Super Bowl that turned into a game after the lights went out. But don’t worry, we can help you beat the Mondays with these stories of amazing generosity. Maybe it will inspire you to (as The Global Game Changers say) Ignite Good! We at least hope it will make you more optimistic about the world and more able to tackle the week ahead.
Little People Make a Big Difference
You don’t have to be an adult to give back. Check out these amazing kids who are giving back to charities they love!
In Connecticut, Jack, an 11-year-old boy, is doing his part to give back to the people who helped save his life once! Jack took a fall from his bike a few years ago and felt sick. His mom was worried, so she took him to the hospital where they found out he had a torn spleen! Luckily, everything worked out and he’s just fine today thanks to some great doctors at a great hospital. And tomorrow, on National Pancake Day, Jack is traveling to his local IHOP to encourage people to give to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
For every short stack of buttermilk pancakes that IHOP gives away on Tuesday — National Pancake Day — guests are invited to make a donation to the network, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for children’s hospitals across the country.
This is the eighth year of the event, but Jack’s first year participating. He’ll be at the Stamford IHOP from 4 to 7 p.m., walking around to all of the tables talking about how his medical care saved his life.
Taylor Dusenberry, an 11-year-old girl from Iowa is getting in on the act, too! She employed the Superpower Equation™ My Talent + My Heart = My Superpower to give back. She created greeting cards and sold them, giving the proceeds ($1000 – wow!) to charities that help kids.
Rose Ostrowski used the Equation, too! She’s a great singer, and so she decided to cover the Beatles “Let it Be” and sell the song on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis foundation. She had a cousin who died from the disease, so she wanted to make a difference. Check it out!
My Talent + My Heart = My Superpower
We’ve told you about some kids using the Superpower Equation™ to make a difference, but adults can do it too!
Cody Thompson is walking all the way across the United States – from North Carolina to California – to raise money for his favorite charity, Child’s Play. Child’s play gives games and toys to kids in the hospital. Cody knows it matters – from experience! As a kid, his doctor recommended his parents get him a video game to strengthen his eyes. It worked. You can follow Cody on his journey across the country on Twitter @walkinggamer (his trek starts March 10th).
Local New York newscaster Maryalice Demler got on her dancing shoes to support the Suneel’s Light Foundation, focused on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Pretty amazing!