With a lot of negative things happening in the world lately, there is a group of young people looking to make a positive impact.
A group of local students ranging from ages 5-18 meets every Friday for 52 Weeks of Giving. These kids perform positive volunteer tasks such as collecting canned goods for area food pantries or collecting monetary donations for various causes.
“They don’t have to live in a large city; they don’t have to have tons of resources available to them. Kindness is free and everyone can make a difference,” said 52 Weeks of Giving Co-Founder Libby Edwardson.
Edwardson instilled a sense of volunteerism in the group and aims for them to have a kind, giving heart in everything they do in life.
“We try to make sure that we do projects that help out locally, nationally and internationally because it is important for them to see the bigger picture and be a part of doing good deeds that impact people they will likely never meet,” said Edwardson.
Recently the group made a video to raise the spirits of a man who is suffering from Muscular Dystrophy. The video shows the group acting goofy, but sincere in showing that there are people of all ages that care about him and his illness.
52 Weeks of Giving recently partnered with Creech Funeral Home to write sympathy cards to families that are struggling with the loss of a loved one. Edwardson encourages local business partnerships to strengthen bonds within the community.
“What I am most proud of is, after five years of participating in the program, they now come to me when something happens and ask what our response is going to be. That is what the goal was — to instill in them a belief that they can make a difference,” said Edwardson.
52 Weeks of Giving is donor funded and is trying to raise $5,000 for their efforts. To get involved with the group, contact Edwardson at 606-302-6035 or to donate, visit www.globalgiving.org/projects/sponsor-kindness/donate.
Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.