I am so excited to see how things are coming together with Kids are Heroes. The website is designed to inspire children to do things in their community. It is working. A young neighbor’s mom came to me and said she and her eight-year-old son John explored the site. John saw what other kids were doing and got the urge to become involved. Although he is an animal lover he decided that there are already a lot of people helping animals. He wanted to help families with premature babies as he was one himself. He and his parents organized an aluminum can drive – the proceeds will be devoted to creating gift baskets for families who give birth to “preemies” at two local hospitals. They plan to solicit Boyds Bears for some stuffed animals. They have found a lady that is making little quilts for them. A grandmother of one of the other heroes has knitted little caps for them, as well as collected cans to add to their stash. It’s almost as if the Kids are Heroes website is turning into a community of its own, banding together to help all the kids achieve their goals.
John is sure to be recognized as one of Lily’s Heroes. His story is even being picked up by the Frederick News-Post in hopes that others can join in to help. (When it appears I will update this story to provide the link.) He will be featured at Kids are Heroes Day at the FSK Mall on September 6th (10A-4P), along with many other kids from the website. Kids that are present at the mall can chip in by decorating “Welcome” cards that will be inserted into the gift baskets.