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meet Charles

Saddened after seeing a hungry child on TV, Charles wanted to help people in his community. With his mom’s help, he set up a food pantry in their front yard and spread word on social media. Donations of food poured in and soon expanded to clothing and toiletries. Charles even uses his allowance to fill in when supplies are low. More than filling people’s tummies, this 11-year-old has filled the community with compassion and inspires people to help one another.

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"It’s better to give than to receive is a phrase we hear a lot, but I have learned the great power in those words."


-Charles
Founder,Charles' Pantry

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"It has also opened the community’s eyes to helping others. Each day more and more people are donating...his caring nature has spread to others."


-Amanda Pevonka, Teacher
Olga Brener Intermediate School
Pulaski, Wisconsin

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meet Maggie

To make the holidays brighter for kids staying at the abuse shelter in her community, Maggie organized a gift drive. The 12-year-old was so successful that she collected enough presents, not just for the kids, but for everyone staying at the shelter. Touched by the grateful response she received, Maggie continues to volunteer and serve in her community. At a young age she has learned that helping others is the greatest gift of all.

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"The activity was a huge success due to Maggie’s conscientious and tireless work."


-Rita Lewis, School Administrator
Racine Montessori School
Racine, Wisconsin

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"As long as you are willing to make sacrifices, and work as hard as you can during the time you have, anything is possible"


-Maggie
Organizer, gift drive for women and children in abuse shelter

meet Maggie

To make the holidays brighter for kids staying at the abuse shelter in her community, Maggie organized a gift drive. The 12-year-old was so successful that she collected enough presents, not just for the kids, but for everyone staying at the shelter. Touched by the grateful response she received, Maggie continues to volunteer and serve in her community. At a young age she has learned that helping others is the greatest gift of all.

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"The activity was a huge success due to Maggie’s conscientious and tireless work."


-Rita Lewis, School Administrator
Racine Montessori School
Racine, Wisconsin

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"As long as you are willing to make sacrifices, and work as hard as you can during the time you have, anything is possible"


-Maggie
Organizer, gift drive for women and children in abuse shelter

meet Kolton

When Kolton wanted to give back to the rescue organization that saved his puppy, he knew where to get help: Santa Claus. Instead of toys, he asked for fleece, lots of it. He decided to make and sell dog toys and give the proceeds to the rescue. With help, he started Kolton Kares on social media and, in only months, he made more than 300 toys and raised over $1,200. At only 7 years old, Kolton shows how someone very young can do pawsitively wonderful things.

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"Kolton has a big heart and even after he met his goals he continues to work hard to raise more money to donate to shelter animals."


-Nicole Faust, Teacher
Chappell Elementary
Green Bay, Wisconsin

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"Kolton has had an overwhelming response from the public who have not only donated fleece but also offered to donate their time to make the tug toys."


-Lindsey Rego, Kolton’s mother
Green Bay, Wisconsin

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meet Macy

Macy had a picture perfect idea! This 10-year-old has been hosting art workshops with friends and neighbors while educating them on the homeless outreach in their community. With the course fee from each participant, Macy raised $460 to purchase items for the nonprofit organization. Combining her creativity with a desire to help? Now that’s a work of heart.

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"It feels really good to help someone and to think about others more often and not just yourself."


-Macy,
Organizer, art classes to raise funds for the homeless

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"Macy was able to bring her neighborhood together... sharing her passion for art and helping others to live fully"


-Amanda Frenke
Teacher & Student Council Advisor, North Greenville Elementary, Hortonville, Wisconsin

meet Macy

Macy had a picture perfect idea! This 10-year-old has been hosting art workshops with friends and neighbors while educating them on the homeless outreach in their community. With the course fee from each participant, Macy raised $460 to purchase items for the nonprofit organization. Combining her creativity with a desire to help? Now that’s a work of heart.

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"It feels really good to help someone and to think about others more often and not just yourself."


-Macy,
Organizer, art classes to raise funds for the homeless

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"Macy was able to bring her neighborhood together... sharing her passion for art and helping others to live fully"


-Amanda Frenke
Teacher & Student Council Advisor, North Greenville Elementary, Hortonville, Wisconsin

meet Delainey

Inspired by her uncle who returned from Afghanistan with a purple heart, Delainey wanted to help injured veterans. She set up a lemonade stand at a local store, asking for donations to help recovering vets. She was so successful, she is now planning a double donation stand. For every donation she receives for vets, she will make a toy for animals at the shelter. At 8 years old, the young philanthropist is discovering that helping others makes life so much sweeter.

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"I have learned how great it feels to help others."


-Dalainey
Fundraiser to help wounded veterans

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"For Dalainey to step out of her comfort zone and open herself up...that is a big deal."


-Meegan Kaster, Teacher
Valley View Elementary School,
Green Bay, Wisconsin

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meet Elliott

She's got a big heart —and a lot of soles. Saddened after learning that some kids didn’t have shoes, Elliott wanted shoe donations instead of gifts for her 8th birthday. The now 12-year old spent the next five years expanding her collecting efforts. To date, she has collected almost 4,000 pairs of shoes for kids in need. Now that’s stepping up to help!

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"It feels good to help others."


-Elliott,
Organizer, shoe drive

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"Elliott is a leader by example... (she) is a person who will have a positive impact on the world"


-Paul Brunner, Teacher
Horace Mann Middle School,
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

meet Elliott

She's got a big heart —and a lot of soles. Saddened after learning that some kids didn’t have shoes, Elliott wanted shoe donations instead of gifts for her 8th birthday. The now 12-year old spent the next five years expanding her collecting efforts. To date, she has collected almost 4,000 pairs of shoes for kids in need. Now that’s stepping up to help!

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"It feels good to help others."


-Elliott,
Organizer, shoe drive

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"Elliott is a leader by example... (she) is a person who will have a positive impact on the world"


-Paul Brunner, Teacher
Horace Mann Middle School,
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

meet Cayden

Having idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura (ITP) means Cayden has to be careful about playing hard and getting bruised; but he doesn’t let the condition get him down. The 7-year old founded a charity 5K walk to raise awareness and funds for the platelet disorder. He solicited sponsorship from area businesses and even asked for donations instead of gifts for his last birthday. What some may see as an obstacle, Cayden only saw a chance to help. Thank you, Cayden, for making a difference!

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"I have learned that paying it forward helps others."


-Cayden
Founder, 5K walk to benefit ITP

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"He is truly an amazing kid. He’s only 7 years old and he’s been through so much. His thoughts are to make ITP known and to help find a cure."


-Lindsay Fry
Mercy Health System

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meet Luke

Inspired by the program at a friend’s school, Luke worked with school administrators to start a Safety Patrol at his middle school. The 12-year old contacted AAA for a safety kit with badges and sashes. He recruited students to serve as crossing guards and help on the playground and at the bus stop. He runs meetings, schedules volunteers and is ready to fill in whenever he’s needed. In just two years, discipline problems at recess have declined by 50%. "I’ve learned so much...including how to be a good leader and how to be helpful," Luke reports. Thank you, Luke, for making a difference!

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"Luke volunteers with a whole heart and truly wants to make our world a better place to be."


-Robin Speidel, Dean of Students Mayville Middle School

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"Helping someone shows them that they are not alone."


-Luke Neumeyer, Safety Patrol Organizer Mayville Middle School

meet Luke

Inspired by the program at a friend’s school, Luke worked with school administrators to start a Safety Patrol at his middle school. The 12-year old contacted AAA for a safety kit with badges and sashes. He recruited students to serve as crossing guards and help on the playground and at the bus stop. He runs meetings, schedules volunteers and is ready to fill in whenever he’s needed. In just two years, discipline problems at recess have declined by 50%. “I’ve learned so much...including how to be a good leader and how to be helpful,” Luke reports. Thank you, Luke, for making a difference!

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"Luke volunteers with a whole heart and truly wants to make our world a better place to be. "


-Robin Speidel, Dean of Students Mayville Middle School

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"Helping someone shows them that they are not alone."


-Luke Neumeyer, Safety Patrol Organizer Mayville Middle School

meet Hannah

10-year old Hannah wanted to do something to help others. With her principal’s help, the 4th-grader organized a coin drive to coincide with the end-of-year activities at school. She raised nearly $400 to buy supplies and backpacks for students in need. Even with a very tight timeline, she showed that having little time is nothing compared to having a big heart.

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"This helped raise awareness for the need to give back to others."


-Mr. Welnetz, Principal
Suamico Elementary School

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"I kept feeling the need to do something to help out my community."


-Hannah, Fundraiser
for Back-to-School event

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meet Ethan

When the city’s police dog died, Ethan was devastated. The 8-year old channeled his sadness into something positive and started Ethan’s Cause for Paws. He created a GoFundMe page, did local television interviews, spoke at the Green Bay Police Foundation event and was even interviewed by CNN. He met the lofty goal of $12,000 to cover all of the expenses to purchase, train and transport Echo, the new K-9 officer for the Green Bay Police Department. “I felt it was important to have a dog to protect our community,” he said. Thank you, Ethan, for making a difference.

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"I learned that giving can
feel better than receiving."


-Ethan Engum
Founder, Cause for Paws

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"Ethan is a very special
young man."


-Derek Wickund, Patrol Officer,
Green Bay Police Department

meet Ethan

When the city’s police dog died, Ethan was devastated. The 8-year old channeled his sadness into something positive and started Ethan’s Cause for Paws. He created a GoFundMe page, did local television interviews, spoke at the Green Bay Police Foundation event and was even interviewed by CNN. He met the lofty goal of $12,000 to cover all of the expenses to purchase, train and transport Echo, the new K-9 officer for the Green Bay Police Department. “I felt it was important to have a dog to protect our community,” he said. Thank you, Ethan, for making a difference.

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"I learned that giving can
feel better than receiving."


-Ethan Engum
Founder, Cause for Paws

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"Ethan is a very special
young man."


-Derek Wickund, Patrol Officer,
Green Bay Police Department