Q&A with Microgrant Recipient Grace Lauren


Karma for Cara Foundation awards microgrants to youths 18 years of age and younger who spearhead exceptional service projects in their communities. Meet 9-year-old microgrant recipient Grace Lauren from the Philadelphia area. She used her award to purchase new toys to donate to The Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy Department at the Philadelphia Children’s Hospital. Grace worked with her Service Learning Club and created a toy activity box that is now installed in the department.


  1. How many people participated in your service project?

My service learning club participated with about 30 kids.

2. How many hours did you and other participants spend on the project?

We planned our shopping trip for an hour. We shopped for an hour and my mom, teacher and I spent about two hours delivering the toys.

3. What did you learn from this experience?

I learned that it feels better to give than to get.  It feels good to help others and to know we were able to make a difference.  I liked working with my friends and classmates on this project.

4. How will your project continue having an impact in the future?

In my service learning club, we are always looking for ways to help others.  We will look for another way to help kids all over.

5. Overall, summarize how your project was completed and how you think it went.

The project was completed with the help of my teacher and my service learning club.  We planned and got together at Target to purchase toys for children who are sick and have to spend lots of time at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. My teacher, my mom and I delivered the toys to the hospital.

6. How was the Karma for Cara microgrant helpful in the completion of your project?

The Karma for Cara grant helped give us the money we needed to purchase toys for the children at the hospital.