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As children, most of us were more concerned with clowns and cake on our birthday than charity. However, these amazing kids put our kid-selves to shame with their selflessness — choosing to take action and change the world rather than take a trip to Chuck E. Cheese.
Check out these brilliant kid superheroes who make us feel totally lazy:
Stephen’s Backpacks Society
Stephen McPhee was 6 years old when he first witnessed the plight of homeless children in Alberta. That year, he and his family collected 15 backpacks, filled them with clothing and supplies, and donated them. Now, his charity collects more than 3,000 every year.
Lucy’s Bake Shop
Lucy Babcock discovered her love of baking at just 6, and decided to start a bake shop. One year later, she has over a dozen loyal customers, does most of her own baking, and donates a portion of her profits to charity. Plus, she makes a Maple-Pumpkin-Bacon “Man Cake”, which is basically my 3 favorite anythings-ever.
The Runaway Hamsters
Idaho siblings Isabella, Abby, Gabby, and Riley Keen, moved by their friend Matt’s struggle with cancer, decided to raise decibels and dollars by forming a band. As of last month, they’ve raised over $1,200, I’m keen on that.
Connor Johnson, Future Astronaut
“The whole reason I want to be an astronaut is so I can discover, like, new worlds.” Proving your aspirations don’t have to be fancy to be phenomenal, Connor Johnson is on a mission to save NASA. He’s already donated his entire piggy bank ($10.41) and started a petition on the White House website. To infinity, and be awesome, Connor.
Unlocking the Truth
Malcolm Brickhouse and Jarad Dawkins started their first band “Tears of Blood” at the age of five with a pretty simple philosophy: do what you like, and be who you are. Undaunted by peer bullying, their precocious individuality has landed them a half decent gig this year: Coachella
Looms for Love
When 8-year-old Mia LeRoux’s grandpa took a liking to the bracelets she was wearing, her first instinct was to give them all away. Inspired by the gratitude she received, she started Looms for Love. Mia and her family, along with local children and community, make hand-made crafts for nursing home residents.
The Ladybug Foundation
At the age of 5, Hannah Taylor witnessed a homeless man eating from the garbage. The image struck her deeply enough that by 8, she founded The Ladybug Foundation, and has since dedicated her life to speaking out against homelessness, worldwide. She’s spoken in front of groups of over 16,000, all over the world, and her foundation has raised over 2 million dollars.
Timmy Tyrell goes by “Mini” on the track, but there’s nothing miniature about his ambitions. Watching his best friend Ella suffer from brain cancer inspired him to raise money by doing what he knows and loves best: racing. Mini’s Mission has teamed up with Jeff Gordon, and to date has raised over 175k to help leave cancer in the dust.
Moved by seeing a picture of two enslaved children, Vivienne Harr founded Make-A-Stand lemonade hoping to raise 100k towards ending child slavery. She made a stand at her stand, for 365 days straight, and raised over a million dollars to start Make-A-Stand, Inc. The youngest featured speaker to ever have a Ted talk, her products are now sold in over 165 stores on the West Coast.
Teammates Against Bullying
6-year-old Danny Keefe, waterboy for the Bridgewater Badgers, dresses in a full suit and tie, every day. His unflappable work ethic inspires the same dedication in his teammates; his “Band of Brothers” wouldn’t stand for classmates bullying Danny because of his apraxia (a speech disorder). They organized “Danny Appreciation Day”, dressing in full suit and tie, to show that sharp tongues are no match for Danny’s sharp dress and spirit.