Making a Difference

 How Will You Make a Difference?


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"8 Amazing Kids who have changed the world"

After reading the story of each Amazing Kid, answer the following three questions in your Google Doc titled, "Making a Difference."

a.  What caused (?) to start his/her program?  

b.  What has been the effect of his/her efforts thus far?  

c.  What do you predict his/her potential could be with this program?




LemonAID Warriors in AFRICA!!
Ever since I saw Lion King when I was 3 years old, I have been in love with Africa. When I found out the people there were among the neediest people in the world, I knew I wanted to help and decided to start by trying to meet their most basic need: Water.  This summer I had the honor of visiting some of the water projects I have helped fund in the most northern regions of Uganda.
I met the local people who built and maintain the water projects we have helped to fund. I promised to relay their message–“Send your warriors our greetings and thank them for caring about people they have never even met.” I’m deeply inspired by the dignity, graciousness and hard work they put into caring for these wells so they can stand on their own.


 Read more about the LemonAid Warriors & their philanthropy parties.






Callie's Story- after watching the video and reading her story- read more on her website at-

  Callie’s was inspired by seven year old Callie Lentz’s desire to help cure pediatric cancer. Callie’s young friend, Ben, died at the age of 3-1/2 from an incurable form of neuroblastoma. Callie’s experience losing her friend inspired her desire to find a way to help prevent other children from suffering the way Ben and his family did.

Callie asked her parents to donate the contents of her piggy bank to Ben’s foundation. Then she came up with the idea of selling coffee to further the cause and she and her family kicked into full production.

Today Callie’s ships premium, organic coffee to people all across the country and gives 100% of the profits to Ben Towne Foundation. We are thrilled that so many people have decided to choose Callies. And we are inspired and humbled by all of the stories from children and families whose lives have been touched by cancer.


Katie Stagliano

Katie Stagliano 

In 2008, 9-year-old Katie Stagliano brought a tiny cabbage seedling home from school as part of the Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program. As she cared for her cabbage, it grew to 40 pounds. Katie donated her cabbage to a soup kitchen where it helped to feed more than 275 people. Moved by the experience of seeing how many people could benefit from the donation of fresh produce to soup kitchens, Katie decided to start vegetable gardens and donate the harvest to help feed people in need. Today, Katie’s Krops donates thousands of pounds of fresh produce from numerous gardens to organizations that help people in need. Katie is now a 12-year-old student at the Pinewood Preparatory School in Summerville, S.C.

Helping homeless kids put their best foot forward - (See video on website)

By Laura Klairmont, CNN updated 5:12 PM EDT, Thu September 26, 2013
Cranston, Rhode Island

-- At a young age, Nicholas Lowinger learned not to take things for granted.

He was 5 years old and visiting a homeless shelter with his mother, who works in various shelters across Rhode Island. He was excited for the opportunity to show off his new light-up sneakers to the rest of the kids. But his mom cautioned him against doing so, explaining that these children might not have such luxuries.
Sure enough, when Nicholas met kids at the shelter, he quickly realized that they were living in circumstances that were very different from his own. 

"I saw other kids my age who looked just like me. The only difference was, they were wearing old, tattered shoes that were falling apart. Some didn't have a pair of shoes to call their own," said Nicholas, now 15. "I've been very fortunate to grow up in a family that is able to provide me with whatever I need. A lot of kids here in the U.S. don't have the same opportunities." 

There were 1.6 million homeless children across the United States in 2010, according to a report from the National Center on Family Homelessness (PDF). With no permanent place to live, many stay on the streets or in shelters, motels, cars and abandoned buildings. 
Nicholas Lowinger has a garage full of donated shoes at his family's home in Rhode Island. "Homeless children, they shouldn't have to worry about how they'll be accepted or how they'll fit in," Nicholas said. "They shouldn't have to worry about not being able to play sports or go to school because they don't have a pair of shoes." 

That first shelter visit left a strong impression on Nicholas, who started donating all the shoes he'd outgrown to local shelters. But he quickly realized that his donations, while well- intentioned, weren't that helpful. 

"It bothered me that I only had used shoes to give to them instead of new shoes that fit right," he said. "No two people's feet are identical, and if you are wearing someone else's worn shoes, your feet aren't going to be very comfortable." 

So in 2010, at the age of 12, Nicholas started a program that donates new shoes to homeless children.
At first, his efforts were part of a community service project leading up to his bar mitzvah, a Jewish coming-of-age ceremony. But he wanted to ensure that the work would continue after the ceremony.
"I didn't want to make one donation and stop there," he said. "I wanted it to be something I could do for the rest of my life." 

With the help of his parents, he then started the Gotta Have Sole Foundation. Since 2010, the organization has donated new footwear to more than 10,000 homeless children in 21 states. 

New shoes can make a child feel good about him or herself. ... They gain confidence, they're able to do better in school.

CNN Hero Nicholas Lowinger
Since starting this work, Nicholas has heard many emotional stories.

He remembers one 16-year-old boy who had fled an abusive living situation with his mother. They had to make a quick escape, so the boy put on the first shoes he could get his hands on: a pair of his mother's old winter boots. 

With no other shoes, the boy had to wear the boots day in and day out. Not only were they the wrong size, but his classmates made fun of him for wearing women's shoes. The boots became a constant source of embarrassment and discomfort until he received new footwear from Nicholas' nonprofit.
"New shoes can make a child feel good about him or herself. ... They gain confidence; they're able to do better in school," Nicholas said. 

Nicholas also remembers a brother and sister who had to share one pair of sparkly pink sneakers.
Each day, the siblings switched off wearing the sneakers. When one went to school, the other had to miss a day. The children fell behind in their studies until they each received a new pair of shoes from Nicholas' group. 

Nicholas Lowinger often brings the donated shoes right to the children himself.
"Something that seems so simple, a pair of shoes, made the difference between getting an education or not," Nicholas said. "It's more than just giving them a new pair of shoes. ... That's really what makes it so special for me." 

The Lowinger family's garage is full of new shoes that have been donated by footwear companies and stores. If they don't already have the specific size and style that a child has requested, Nicholas uses the group's monetary donations to buy them. The shoes are then shipped to the shelters or, whenever possible, personally delivered by Nicholas. 

More than 1,000 volunteers have helped out with the group. Nicholas works 15 hours a week on the project -- a time limit imposed by his mother to ensure that he has enough time for schoolwork and other activities. 

Nicholas said he doesn't allow his age get in the way of achieving his dreams, and he encourages other young people to do the same. 

"No one is ever too young or old to help others. Kids don't always realize that they have the power to make a difference," he said. "I urge other kids to find a passion, create big ideas and act. Kids can make a huge difference in this world."
Want to get involved? Check out the Gotta Have Sole website and see how to help.

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