Kids Helping Kids

by Christina Rowsell

P95_smallAs parents we hope our children grow up to be responsible, kind and giving. The only way that will happen is if we instill that positive energy around them. You’ve heard the saying, “Children lead by example.” Which often puts pressure on the parents to constantly show their children how to be responsible, kind and giving. That’s not a bad thing; it’s just not always easy to do. However, what if children were led by the example of other children?

100 Kids Who Care Calgary is doing just that. The idea was born off of 100 Women Who Care Calgary. Which was born off of 100 Women Who Care. The original idea started with Karen Dunigan in Jackson, Michigan in 2006. http://100womencalgary.com/history/

Co-founder of 100 Kids Calgary Danielle Donovan says it’s inspiring to see the next generation of givers in Calgary. Donovan says, “I wanted to find a way to introduce my children to the concept of giving and supporting those in need within our community.” Donovan, who is a stay at home mother of three under the age of eight, wanted to find a charity where her young children could be actively involved beyond simply sending money. After attending her first 100 Women meeting in Calgary, Donovan knew she had found what she had been looking for.

The vision of 100 Kids Who Care Calgary is to teach the next generation the importance of supporting our community and that even children can make a big difference in the lives of others. We truly are stronger together.  These children range in age from five to 17. They get together four times a year to make a big impact in their community.

The latest meeting was held October 12, 2016 at Elbow Valley Golf Course, who donated the space. The kids did an amazing job speaking for their charities. The winner of the group donation was Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids, nominated by Tristan.

Tristan reminded us the importance a nutritious meal has on children’s lives. Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids strives to ensure there are no hungry kids in Calgary. Their mission is to work with local schools to identify hungry kids and ways to feed them. They know that children require healthy food to be able to focus on their education and become the best that they can be.

Their ultimate goal is to become a catalyst in the advancement of community based initiatives to break down barriers caused by malnutrition. In the end, their focus is on fostering healthy development, nutritional education, and ending youth hunger in Calgary.

Wonderful opportunity for our children to learn about amazing charities right in our own back yard. The commitment of 100 Kids Who Care Calgary is a $10.00 donatation four times a year. With a hundred kids or more that’s going to make a huge impact. http://bb4ck.org/

The next 100 Kids Who Care Calgary is coming up soon. To find out more and to join visit http://100kidscalgary.com/.

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