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Celebrating the Season with Huge Hearts: Barron Prize Winners Brighten the Holidays for Those in Need
All winter long, I’m hosting ‘The Big Blanket Hug.’ We make and collect no-sew blankets and assemble Blessing Bags filled with toiletries for people less fortunate. To date, we’ve donated more than 3,000 blankets and several thousand Blessing Bags to help people stay safe and warm, and give them a sense of dignity. Volunteering gives me more perspective and a greater sense of purpose. It makes me feel more connected to those around me, and it makes me feel good to do what I can to help others.
Founder – Catching Joy
Promoting youth volunteerism and acts of kindness
Founder – Gorilla Heroes
Raising money and awareness to protect mountain gorillas
Of all the projects we do, this one means the most to me and our Kylee’s Kare Kits for Kidz team. Knowing that the children will receive gifts for the holiday makes my heart smile! It makes me realize how fortunate and blessed I am to have such wonderful people willing to help me make a difference in the lives of the children we serve. Every child deserves a happy holiday!!
Founder – Kylee’s Kare Kits for Kidz
Fighting childhood hunger
Founder – Ella’s Lemonade Shop
Supporting childhood cancer research
Founder – Khloe Kares
To make the world a better place and inspire other kids to be great
Founder – Liam’s Lunches of Love
Helping feed people who are homeless
Founder – Joshua’s Heart Foundation
Dedicated to the fight against global hunger and poverty
Our Buckets of Love work reminds my sister Payton and me to be grateful for what we have and teaches us that anyone can make a difference. It is truly the season of giving and the perfect time to make someone’s day as we continue to ‘give back one bucket at a time.’
Founder – Buckets of Love
Delivering buckets filled with toys, games, and crafts to children facing difficult situations
Founder – Faces of the Endangered
Supports organizations that help endangered species by selling her art
Founder – Project I Am
Helping those facing homelessness through the creating and distribution of Blessing Bags
That first Christmas party for our Friends is one of our best memories and we’ve continued the tradition ever since. This year, we’ll be serving a hot meal, passing out hygiene and snack bags, blankets, sleeping bags, tents, hats, gloves, socks, and many other items our Friends really need for the cold and snowy winter. Of course, each one will get their own present to unwrap, too. We also bring Christmas cards and stamped envelopes they can fill out to send to their family and friends who are far away. Over the years we’ve been able to reunite some of our Friends with family! There is no greater reward than that for all of us.
Doing this reminds us what the true meaning of Christmas is. We realize all the things our Friends don’t have, and that many don’t have family members to share the holidays with. We let them know they are part of our family and we are there to help them in any way we can. Our parties make them feel loved and when they hug us and thank us with tears in their eyes, we feel loved, too.
Robby and Emma
Co-Founders – The Eimers Foundation
Helping the homeless and hungry in Detroit
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds all across North America. Each year, the Barron Prize honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and the environment.