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Sabrina Epstein

Sabrina founded Artful Start", which provides art programming to children who have special needs.

Lucia Hoerr

 Lucia created "Backpack Buddies". Backpack Buddies provides backpacks filled with school supplies for students throughout Central Virginia.

Kaitlyn Greer

Kaitlyn created healthy treats for dogs at the Paws and Think Shelter.  The treats will be used during the Youth Canine Program, where students who are struggling academically and behaviorally in school learn to train dogs.

Dillon Freeman

Dillon distributed backpacks and school supplies in conjunctions with our community's "Meals of Love" program.

Zoe Toporek

Zoe created "Boxes to Feed the Bellies" service project which organized teen volunteers to collect and sort donated food items to pack into boxes for families in need.

Sabina London

Sabina hosts a STEM summer camp for elementary and middle school aged girls in her community.

Ray and Rose William

Ray and Rose founded the "Little Mozart Program" which provides free piano lessons to underprivileged children in their community.

Girl Scout Cadette Troop 777: Lydia, Gabrielle, Brooke and Emma

Lydia, Gabrielle, Brooke and Emma from Girl Scout Cadette Troop 777 built two little libraries to increase access to books for students at Oak Hill Elementary school.

Devin Juros

Devin started the Pleasantville Community Garden in 2014. Using land at St. John’s Episcopal Church and the help of close to 100 volunteers, they grew 500 pounds of fresh produce for local food pantries in their first year.  

Grace Landini

Grace organized the sewing of curtains for the new transitional housing at the YWCA in her community.

Shreya Huilgol

Shreya's project, Step Up 2 Check Up,  generates awareness of the need for children to have their blood pressure checked all over the world.

Kaila Mellos

Kaila created "Kaila's Komfort". "Kaila's Komfort" ships personalized care packages to newly diagnosed kids with Chronic Recurrent Multifocal Osteomyelitis (CRMO), a rare auto-inflammatory disease.

Jai Boyes-Hendryx

Jai is a 7-year-old who organized a group of volunteers to help maintain a large, historical property in his town.

Talia Harvey

Talia collected school supplies to distribute to 650 students from low-income families at her school.

Girl Scout Troop 2276 Allison, Brittany and Kinzee

Allison, Brittany and Kinzee sewed quilts and created packs for patients with cancer as a part of their Girl Scout's Silver Award project.

Ashley Roe

Ashley created Snack Shak which provides kids in need with backpacks full of food for the weekend during the school year. Food includes canned soups, vegetables, fruits and pasta.

Yadi Quintanilla

Yadi founded "Save the Victims". "Save the Victims" creates care packages to send to victims of human trafficking.  Last December, she held an event where community member volunteers came together compile the care packages.

Sophia and Olivia Nienaber

Sophia and Olivia create three types of bags to ease the transition for children who are placed into emergency foster care. The types of bags are as follows: Night Time, School, and Coping Bags.

Claire Dragwa

Claire organizes volunteers to make pillowcases for the patients at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She has held sessions teaching other volunteers to make pillowcases, and they will all work together to complete the pillow cases.

Robyn Lawrence

Robyn volunteers with "Wonders & Worries". Robyn created 60 blankets to donate to children of family members with terminal illnesses.

Nicole Vogelpohl

Nicole is involved with a group called YES (Youth Encounter Service). They help people experiencing poverty by fixing up their houses and also donate their time to soup kitchens and other charities. Each June, they commit one week to nonstop charity work

Cora Hanfland

Cora partnered with the Hebron Food Pantry and local churches to collect toys and games for children in need for Christmas.

Emily Tomchin

Emily started "Empowering Students Around the World". This project enabled her to purchase used tablets to donate to a Title 1 Elementary School to encourage STEM education.

Samantha Strunk

Samantha created "Snack Sacks" which provides children who qualify for free or reduced lunch programs with healthy food for the weekend. Samantha's classmates assemble the "Snack Sacks" and distribute them to a partner school. 

Rachel Ley

Rachel created Literacy for Little Ones. Literacy for Little One's donates book packages to families with a new born child to encourage parents to read to their children. This builds a strong foundation for family bonding and education. The K4C microgrant enabled her to partner with a 12th hospital in Wisconsin.

Nicole Steiner

Nicole collects toys, books and puzzles and then distributes them to Ronald McDonald Houses, assisted living facilities, cancer centers, Veterans associations and special needs classrooms. She has delivered items to 6,000 people in the Denver area.    

Hannah McCartney

Hannah along with fellow church members started Bee Strong. Bee Strong fills backpacks with activities and games for young patients undergoing chemotherapy. She was inspired to start this group after attending a youth leadership program last summer.

Abigail Litton

Abigail saw a need to increase accessibility to books for low-income students at a local elementary school after learning how many students lose reading skills after summer break. She organized the distribution of new books to students at the end of the year to ensure they have books at home and the opportunity to read. 

Caroline Gowan

Caroline created Loads of Love, a program that provides free laundry service to the homeless and working poor in her community. She was inspired to create this program upon learning that government programs do not allow people to use vouchers to clean their laundry. What began as a one-time Girl Scout Gold Award project, now continues monthly through regular donations and volunteers.

Laya Neelakandan

Laya's project All Hands in Baltimore teaches first grade students about homelessness and organizes activities to provide assistance to those experiencing homelessness.

Joseph Park

Joseph Park along with his two friends created Steps for Humanity, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people at both a global and local scale. Upcoming projects involve making shoebox gift boxes for underprivileged youth during the holiday season, and distributing personal water filter bottles to people in Kenya during the late spring.

Matthew Oh

Matthew founded New Kicks for Kids in January of 2015 to provide new shoes for children living in homeless shelters. Matthew was inspired to start this program after playing with his church chamber orchestra at a homeless shelter during lunch. In addition to shoes, New Kicks for Kids provides clothing or school supplies upon request.

Lalah Williams

Lalah organized her Girl Scout "Gold Award Event" to teach 6th-8th grade girls about women in leadership/elected positions. She hopes her event will inspire young girls to seek elected leadership positions in the future.

Anela Kinkade

Anela started the "Give, Love, Hope Project" which distributes activity bags to share with pediatric cancer patients in hospitals around Lexington,KY.

Joe Julian

Joe Julian is a mentor and tutor for young children at the Carver Community Center. Joe was inspired to organize the creation of a new library. Learn more.

Cameron Thompson

Cameron started Cameron's Anti-Bullying Campaign after he made fun of a classmate and immediately knew he had made a mistake. He decided to start an anti-bullying club at his school to teach students about treating each other kindly and making positive behavior choices. He is now helping expand the clubs to other schools. Learn more.

Riley Gantt

Riley is the founder of Rainbow Pack. She started Rainbow Pack five years ago to provide backpacks and school supplies to kids in need so they can be confident and successful students. Riley distributes backpacks all over the Los Angeles area.

Zach Morgan

Zach founded Lidz for Kidz after seeing commercials for St. Judes. He started collecting hats to donate to pediatric cancer patients. At 10 years old, Zach now works with various hospitals providing hats and toys to kids.

Corinne Hindes

Corinne started Warm Winters in order to provide warm clothing for homeless individuals. She works with 17 ski resorts in eight states to collect warm clothing and jackets left behind at the end of the ski season to distribute to homeless people.

Nadya Okamoto

Nadya started Camions for Care after her own experience with homelessness. The group provides feminine hygiene products to homeless women, both locally and internationally, through working with various nonprofit partners.

Marguerite Andrich

Marguerite started Bag Up the Love in her hometown of Sarasota to collect duffel bags containing toiletries and toys for children in foster care. She wanted to replace the black trash bags children are normally given to transport their belongings with something more personal. Learn more.

Katie Prior

After learning that many veterans' funerals use a recording of Taps due to a shortage of military buglers, Katie started Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps. She recruits and trains high school trumpet players to perform Taps at veterans' funerals to honor those who have served our country.

Sophie Bernstein

Sophie built raised garden beds with kids at a low-income preschool. She continues to plant and maintain the beds, while raising awareness about childhood hunger. The produce is donated to local food banks to increase the availability of healthy options. Learn more.

Sabina London

Sabina coordinates free STEM camps for elementary and middle school girls through her organization, Girls Science Interactive. She started with one camp and has since expanded, including into neighborhoods where families can not afford summer activities. Learn more.

Abbey Woodcock

Abbey started Hygiene for the Hopeful in 2012 when she was 11 years old to help provide hygiene products for children living in emergency housing. Abbey now provides products to families and individuals of all ages who are homeless or living in transitional housing.

Hannah Flynn

Hannah volunteers with Wake Up Walton, a group at Walton Verona High School. Each year, they recruit volunteers to spend a day painting, planting flowers and cleaning up yards for seniors. In 2015, they had 350 students and community members helping. Learn more.

Students Taking Action Now

Students at Seymour High School started S.T.A.N. (Students Taking Action Now). The 34 students teach anti-bullying lessons to elementary students each year. Learn more.

Madeline Hoffman

Madeline started Buddee Bags in 2014. She sews wheelchair and walker bags for seniors and children in hospitals and nursing homes. She expanded to make neck and comfort pillows, as well. Learn more.

Ballard Impact Teen Club

The Ballard Impact Teen Club organized Operation Ballard Books to build free little libraries to increase accessibility to books in their communities where there are not public libraries. Learn more.

Gracie Dundee

Gracie co-founded Small Acts Big Change, which is a non-profit that empowers children to engage in service and spread acts of kindness. She recently created the 9 Small Acts of Kindness Campaign to create volunteering opportunities for students in her school.

Mario Antonio Dada Padilla

Mario started a pastry company that sells brownies called Mario's Tasters. Once  a week, he makes brownies from home and sells them at his school and local stores. The money from the brownie sales goes toward purchasing school supplies and other necessities for children living in Conecalli.

Eva Bolin

Eva started Got U Covered. Got U Covered donates fleece tied blankets to give children staying in hospitals. Eva loves how her blankets provide warmth and smiles to children undergoing treatment. Learn more.

Tess Reiman

Tess created Project Storybook. Project Storybook donates baskets of books to newly built Habitat for Humanity homes. Tess believes every child should have access to books. Learn more

Keontae Crenshaw

Keontae created Because We Care. Because We Care provides personal hygiene kits to children taken into custody through the child welfare system in his community. He is passionate about ensuring that children who are living in foster homes have their own belongings. Learn more. 

Suzan Kim

Suzan Kim helped found All Together, a student run organization working to end child maltreatment.  Suzan instructs weekly Taekwondo lessons to children affected by abuse in efforts to instill confidence, build a community, and create fun memories for the participating children. Learn more.

Taylor Leong

Taylor founded For the Love of Erika, a toy drive in memory of her friend Erika, who passed away from brain cancer at a young age. Taylor collects, wraps and delivers toys to kids in shelters, hospitals, and kids part of the Department of Children and Families. Learn more.

Jarod Heuer

Jarod created Cause for Paws, his Eagle Scout Project, that recruited his troop to work together to renovate a new location for an animal shelter for animals displaced by the closing of their previous location.  Jarod is passionate about providing a safe and loving place for all animals. Learn more.

Casey Sokolovic

Casey Sokolovic founded Love a Sea Turtle. L.A.S.T  creates educational outreach programs and yearlong service learning opportunities to educate children about the environment and act to make a difference. Learn more.  

Braeden Mannering

Braeden Mannering started Brae’s Brown Bags Foundation at 9 years old. He works giving out bags of healthy food and water to those in need, whether in shelters, soup kitchens or on the street. So far, 3B has given out more than 1,500 bags. Learn more.

Jack Miller and Grant Cohen

Jack Miller and Grant Cohen spent their second summer with MC Windows, a home window washing service they started for residents in the Baltimore area. They donate 15 percent of their proceeds from the business to Karma for Cara.

Natalie Newman

Natalie Newman was the recipient of the first ever Cara Becker ROAR for Autism Youth Fundraising Award. Natalie was recognized as the top fundraiser under the age of 18 for Kennedy Krieger Institute’s ROAR for Autism event and for embodying Cara’s fundraising spirit. Natalie’s team raised more than $11,000!

Michaella Hoehn-Saric

Michaella Hoehn-Saric ran the 2014 Boston Marathon while raising money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She completed the marathon while raising thousands of dollars for cancer research.

Rose Becker

Rose Becker, a cousin of Cara, had her Bat Mitzvah in March of 2014. She asked that in lieu of presents, her family and friends make donations to Karma for Cara. She helped raise more than $20,000!

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