Twins On A Mission To Help Kids Do Good

March 24, 2018

Quote of the Week

"One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth doing is what we do for others." -- Lewis Carol

Twins On A Mission To Help Kids Do Good

“Kids today don’t understand that many times the person sitting next to you is homeless, hungry, or suffering quietly from some disease. Our mom has always told us that one person can make a huge impact on someone else’s life . We really believe that,” say Max and Jake Klein. [...]

Throughout their childhoods, the Kleins ran into a frustrating problem, which they soon discovered was common to other kids they knew: The inability to serve their favorite non-profits due to age restrictions. “People kept telling us, ‘You’re such nice boys, but you’re too young,’” the Kleins said. A good friend of their family was a retired chef. Every month, he would cook and serve meals to the homeless. But even he told the Klein brothers that they were too young to help out.

Jake and Max Klein decided to take matters into their own hands by building Kids That Do Good.  KTDG is a 501(c)3 charity designed to help parents and kids connect with non-profit organizations that interest them on the local, regional, and national levels, showcasing different ways people can help at any age. [...] “Kids That Do Good is all about getting involved when you are young and making that part of who you are,” the Kleins explained. “There are so many ways to make a difference. Sure, you can participate on a breast cancer walk fundraising team with your family, but did you ever consider removing snow for an elderly person living alone on your block? What about asking if you can walk their dog every day after school? How about visiting a nursing home and asking if you can simply read to the residents?” [read full article]

Reading Corner

Title: Because Amelia Smiled
By: David Ezra Stein
Ages: 3-8

Why?  "Young Amelia grins as she and her parents splash through a city street. “And because Amelia smiled,” well, Mrs. Higgins, looking out her window, smiles, too. Happy, she sends cookies to her grandson teaching in Mexico, who shares them with his class. One of his students decides to teach dancing in the park, a video of it goes online, and a ballet club in England sees it and adds some new moves. They tour in Israel and . . . lots more happens after that until Amelia’s smile comes full circle. Realistic, heavily colored, and intensely detailed, the illustrations invite children to look closely and see the way people across the globe are connected: the smiles, the pets, the music. Certainly, there’s a lot to discuss here, and some adults may want kids to make connections with their own actions, but this is also just a lovely way to look at life.". --Ilene Cooper, via Booklist

Be the Change

Ask your kids how they might like to serve others during their spring school holidays coming up. Looking for some ideas? This blog shares many ideas of service activities and little acts of kindness that kids can do themselves in the spring time and if you're in the US, check out the database of volunteer opportunities for any age on Kids That Do Good!