Announcing Mackenzie R. of Long Valley, New Jersey who is our First Place Gee Whiz Kids award recipient!
When her brother fell ill several years ago, Mackenzie stepped up to support a now annual Action For Distraction 5K which raises money to help distract sick kids in the hospital. In additiion to her work leading a t-shirt design contest for the event Mackenzie soon took on a leadership role and introduced a fruit and vegetable challenge to encourage kids to embrace a healthy lifestyle.
After observing family requiring hospital stays over the holidays, Makenzie created her own event. "Gingerbread Home for the Holidays" now rallies kids to help other kids decorate gingerbread houses while in the hospital over the holiday season.
In addition to this work, seventh grade student Mackenzie has served with several local organizations and gives a percentage of her babysitting proceeds to go directly to charity.
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Introducing Deja F., a sixth grade student from Portland, Oregon. Deja is our Second Place Gee Whiz Kids award recipient!
When Deja was just 5 years old, she started Arts for the Ages, a program to collect art supplies for children in need. Since inception, her program's art supplies have reached more than 3,200 children globally including those affected by natural disasters and youth in hospitals.
Deja cares deeply about others and hopes these supplies can help children be creative in times of sadness and help take their minds off challenges they are facing.
For more information on Deja's project, visit Arts for the Ages.
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Introducing Caleb T., a third grade student from Burleson, Texas! Caleb is our Third Place Gee Whiz Kids award recipient.
Caleb is keenly aware of community resources and their power to make a difference. He volunteers 40-50 hours each week to provide toys, clothes, and books to youth from low-income neighborhoods in partnership with local vendors. He collaborates with his mother (an LCSW) to provide mini-grief counseling sessions to youth in need. Caleb partners with his dad who owns and operates a transportation business to help provide transportation for youth to attend free community events, even securing alternate locations or events when initial offerings are rained out. He has also achieved his daily goal to provide healthy sack snacks to the youth.
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The Heart of America Foundation was joined by the Prince George's County community for a makeover and celebration at Brandywine Elementary School today. Brandywine students each received three books, the library grew with hundreds of new books, the library received a complete transformation, and the partners announced a future outdoor classroom and courtyard makeover for the spring!
We are so grateful for our partners which included Panda Power Funds, Chalk Point Generating Station, G.S. Proctor & Associates, Inc., Brandywine North Keys Civic Association, Gudelsky Group, Aggregate Industries; Patuxent Companies, Walton, Prince George's County Government, Prince George's Public Schools, and many more! Thank you to all who made this community celebration possible. ... See MoreSee Less
The Heart of America Foundation was joined by the Prince George's County community for a makeover and celebration at Brandywine Elementary School today. Brandywine students each received three books, ...
Today's the big day at Brandywine Elementary School in Prince George's County, Maryland! So many dedicated partners are joining together to not only transform the library but also announce a future outdoor classroom and courtyard transformation this spring. Thank you to all who made today possible for this incredible school. ... See MoreSee Less