Karma for Cara Microgrants help fund exceptional projects led by youth 18 and under to help complete service projects in their communities. Read about our microgrant recipient, Eva an 11-year-old who created Got U Covered. Got U Covered donates fleece tied blankets to give children staying in hospitals.
1. How did you become involved with Got U Covered?
I started “Got U Covered” because I wanted to give kids who are fighting cancer something that makes them feel better after treatments or on days they just don’t feel good. I love to come home and snuggle up in my blanket at the end of a long day. It just makes people feel better! I also know that sometimes a cancer treatment will make someone cold and tired. I know that I can’t make the illness go away, but I can help others feel better. I can pray for them and let them know that others care about them. I have done smaller projects to help others, but I wanted to start a project that was “on-going”, I know this is a project that I can continue for many years.
2. Why is your work important to you?
My project is important to me because I know that even after I drop off the blankets at the hospital or at home, the feeling of someone caring about those kids is remembered every time they snuggle up in their blanket. The blankets give warmth and security to those who receive them. It also brings lots of smiles to the faces of the children and the family members. The reactions from the kids are awesome! My project just keeps growing and I continue to come in contact with people who request a blanket. I know I am supposed to do this for others.
3. How did the money from the microgrant help with your project?
The money from the grant has allowed me to make my project more widely known. So far I have given out 38 blankets to kids with cancer! Having the money to continue to provide blankets has also encouraged others to support my project through materials and donations. It has been a chain reaction of kindness that just keeps continuing! It has been truly rewarding and touching to have so much support from others.
4. What message of giving back do you have for others?
I try to tell others that it doesn’t matter how small you are or how small your giving is, but to look past your surroundings and find ways to help others. The rewards of giving are priceless. I have met a lot of really neat kids and their families. I have seen lots of smiling faces and a few tears. Always remember that what you do DOES make a difference!!