Good People Doing Good Things – Little Kids With BIG Hearts

This is only the second time in the 3+ years I’ve been doing ‘good people’ posts that I’ve repeated one, but tonight I am having some vision issues and really need to give my eyes a break from the computer.  I first posted this in March 2017, so it will be new to many of you.  I think you’ll agree that these kids give us hope for our future …


Children may only be able to do small-scale deeds, but it shows us that though their bodies may be small, their hearts are big. And since these pint-sized do-gooders hold our future in their hands, it is good to see that they already have a sense of caring for others, a sense of humanity.


You are never too young to understand the value of helping others.  Second grader Phoebe Brown was running errands with her mother last week in Independence, Missouri when she came across a winning, $100 scratch-off ticket, just lying on the ground. For a fleeting moment, Phoebe admits, the thought of a spree in the toy department held a certain appeal, but it didn’t take long for her to remember that her school was having a canned food drive that week, and she ended up spending the entire $100 on canned food to donate to those less fortunate.  Her good works even inspired her dad to match every dime she spent!  At the end of the food drive, Phoebe’s class had collected 541 items of food, making them her school’s winner. As a fun reward, Phoebe and her classmates were invited to shave their gym teacher’s beard.

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A group of schoolboys in New South Wales, Australia, were about to board a bus and head home after a rugby league game when they noticed an 81-year-old gentleman moving his woodpile from the front of his home to the back, one piece at a time.  Without hesitation, the boys and their dads jumped in and moved every last piece of wood for the man.  A small gesture?  Perhaps, but it is a sign of respect and caring, a sign that these kids are being taught values and compassion.  Hats off to the rugby team at Cooma North Public School!

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jaden-sink-3Westboro Baptist Church, best known for its intense hatred of most everything, is located on the East Side of Topeka, Kansas, directly across from Equality House, a resource center established by the non-profit group, Promoting Peace (interesting juxtaposition, don’t you think?).  Equality House and Promoting Peace is a whole story unto itself, but that will have to wait for some other Wednesday, because today’s story is about a six-year-old girl named Jaden Sink. After Jaden’s dad tried to explain to her that Westboro members promote messages of hate, Jayden decided she wanted to raise money toward spreading messages of love and peace. So Jayden opened a lemonade stand … not just any ol’ lemonade stand, but a pink lemonade stand, mind you!  And in the first day of business, she made $1,400!  I think this is proof that love sells better than hate!  By the end of that summer in 2013, Jaden had raised more than $23,000, all of which she donated to the cause of peace.

But Jaden’s story didn’t end there.  The story of Jaden’s pink lemonade stand went viral during that summer of 2013, and other children jumped happily on the bandwagon.  Today, there are some 70 stands worldwide, with all proceeds going toward Equality House’s anti-bullying initiatives.  Says Jaden, “We’re giving [the money] to the rainbow house to help people who are sick, and to help people be nice to each other.”  That’s my kind of kid!

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When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on August 29, 2005, it made history as one of the five deadliest hurricanes in U.S. history.  Then-10-year-old fifth-grader Talia Leman, seeing images of the destruction on the news, launched a charity urging kids to trick-or-treat for New Orleans, ultimately raising more than $10 million for the Hurricane Katrina foundation. From there, she founded RandomKid, a nonprofit that provides resources for young people who want to make a worldwide impact on any issue. Among the company’s successful efforts are reusable water bottles, which helped fund a water pump for an African village, and a push to provide crutches and artificial limbs to Haitian earthquake victims. Here is an example of a kid who started out doing small things and ended up doing some pretty big things!


Many of these stories are about small acts of kindness, but these children have the right idea, and I would not be surprised to see them make major differences in the world one of these days.  Hats off to the kids, of course, but also to their parents who have obviously taken the time to instill compassion, kindness and caring about others into the hearts of their children.

23 thoughts on “Good People Doing Good Things – Little Kids With BIG Hearts

  1. Hello Jill. I also think this is a wonderful post. I wonder if you have heard the song You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught by Richard Rodgers I think for the Musical South Pacific? I really don’t want to post it in your blog so I will let you look it up, but for me it was an eye opener. I really think it is true and part of why we can not wipe out race hate in the US.

    In the 1980’s I was in Germany and working with a Welshman who told me of an experiment they were doing with kids from both sides of the conflict in Ireland. They took young children from both Catholic families and Protestant families on each side of the conflict and put them in a summer long camp program. As it became toward the end of the camp the children got really down and upset. So the camp people tried to figure out what went wrong as all the kids had gotten along and had a great time until then. Interviewing the kids they found them distraught and crying over the fact that they loved their new friends but when they got home they would have to hate them because their parents would insist they did. They did not want to hate their friends but realized their parents wouldn’t accept their friendship even with children of the other religion and political party. Carefully taught? Hugs

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  2. Beautiful examples Jill. Dear children.
    Biblical quote for these darlings:
    Matthew 18:1-3
    1 At this time the disciples came to Jesus and said, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven?’

    2 So he called a little child to him whom he set among them.

    3 Then he said, ‘In truth I tell you, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven.

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