Kids Who Care

The idea that kids are capable of an incredible empathy for others can sometimes seem like a ‘pie-in-the-sky’, Pollyanna, view of how the world actually works. But kids are so open to a plan of helping those who need it that all it takes is some encouragement from the people around them. Today, I’ll show you one of the most beautiful projects our school ever undertook….and, because of what has been happening with tornadoes and floods lately, could be an important project for other people to try.   Just a thought…:))


For Make a Difference Day in 2005, right after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, our school decided to have a Kid Caring about Kids Backpack Project. We asked people to donate money, items, time…whatever they could. At the same time we also held a new and used book drive. We collected school supplies, hygiene items, and things for babies. We bought 450 backpacks and filled them with these supplies:

one of the 6 tables filled with supplies

our 450 filled backpacks

our 1200 books, organized by age level

The kids then filled a trailer and our SUV which son Chad and I drove to New Orleans. We left on a Thursday after school, took Friday off because we needed to arrive at our NO school before they got out for the weekend, drove and drove(from Michigan), and arrived about 2 hours before the end of the school day:

some of the devastation we saw

the health dept. allowed this school to reopen 3 months ahead of schedule because the school families did so much of the clean up themselves

When we got the the school, the children all came out to greet us:)  We helped pass backpacks out to them and enjoyed spending time in the classrooms.

kids choosing their backpacks

spending time with great kids

wearing beads received from our new friends

So, you may ask, why are you showing us this now?? I believe kids do what they know…if they know that they can and should help those in need…they will!! Hopefully you can come up with a helping project that your kids can be proud to be a part of…whether through a school group, church or scout group, or even just as a family of compassionate people. There is need everywhere. Find where you can be of help – and go for it!!


Happy Parenting!

D and C





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  1. Meryl says:

    Great post – you are so right. Kids are capable of so much with the right encouragement, support and opportunities. I’ll be back!!!

  2. Danielle says:

    That is such a wonderful thing you and your son have done. This world is so lucky to have people like you! :) I would love to do something like this for people too.

    I’m a new GFC follower. I have a blog hop on my blog as well, if you’d like to link up. =D

  3. Terre says:

    New follower from the Weekend Blog hop. That is a fantastic piece of family history in the service record book. That is so wonderful to have a great record of not only his service but of how much his mother loved him so. What an awesome treasure!

    Saving Your Green

  4. Diane Teller says:

    I had forgotten about this event!! (nice surprise to see familiar faces in the one pic). The boys still enjoy giving and helping others. We all went to Belize in 2010, the boys are spending a week this summer at work camp in WI, and the family plans to go back to Belize in April of 2012!!

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