Kindness & Charity Contest - Winner Announcement

Kindness & Charity Contest - Winner Announcement

The Big Life Journal Kindness & Charity Contest emerged to inspire kids to choose kindness and create a kinder future together by offering a meaningful opportunity to learn and grow through empathy, respect, and compassion. 

The contest went beyond a fun family activity that brought joy and gratification from helping those in need to building the next generation of kind leaders.

Big Life Journal will be donating $1,000 to each of these 10 selected charities.

Congratulations to the Big Life Journal Kindness & Charity Contest winners — they’ve reminded us that we can be agents of change at any age!

We are certain that your kindness and generosity will make a measurable impact on the organizations you chose.

Disclaimer: charities were selected on the basis of the children's video submissions and do not necessarily represent the views of Big Life Journal. The submissions listed below are in no particular order.

Kindness and Charity Contest

1. Reese and Jasmine Williams

“I encourage others to be kind by being an example of kindness… My friend, she is really kind to everybody and she’s a great example of kindness. Whenever I see her being kind to people, it makes me want to be a good example too.”

What we loved about this submission:

We loved that both her and her sister shared personal, real-life examples of kindness. Nothing says kindness like demonstrating it firsthand.

David's Harp FoundationAn organization that inspires, educates, and empowers opportunities for youth to achieve academic success through music education, sound engineering, and multimedia production.

2. Brandon Rincker

“I would be honored if Big Life Journal would donate $1,000 to Small steps in Speech. I want to show kindness to them because, when I was younger, they showed kindness to me. They gave me a grant for speech therapy therapy when I needed it the most. I suffered from Childhood Apraxia of Speech and through their kindness, they gave me the opportunity to overcome that.”

What we loved about this submission:

Brandon’s energy is infectious and we loved that he was nominating a charity that had a personal impact in his own life.

Small Steps in SpeechA charitable non-profit organization that provides grants on behalf of children with speech and language disorders for therapies, treatments, communicative devices, and other services to improve their communication skills.

3. Evie Lloyd

“I love playing soccer but I had a lazy eye. So I had my eye doctor to help fix it so now I can play soccer. So if I’m successful through this video, I would love to donate the $1,000 to the Fred Hollows Foundation to give kids opportunities to see better too.”

What we loved about this submission:

Evie offered such a sweet answer to the questions about kindness and we loved her kind reason for why she wanted to nominate her chosen charity.

Fred Hollows FoundationThe Fred Hollows Foundation has a very clear goal: putting an end to avoidable blindness. When this day comes, people in developing countries will get the same quality eye care the rest of the world takes for granted – and the Fred Hollows Foundation won’t stop until this is done.

4. Joshua and Jenna Russell

“Kindness means to help others,

like your mothers.

Encourage others,

Like your brothers.

Share with everyone

And don’t forget to have fun.”

What we loved about this submission:

Joshua and Jenna came up with such a clever poem! We loved the creativity and work they put into creating this video.

Ocean WiseAn organization on a mission to inspire the global community to become Ocean Wise by increasing its understanding, wonder, and appreciation for our oceans.

5. William Kelly

“People often think that kindness is something that helps other people. But when we choose to be kind, the person who changes most is you.”

What we loved about this submission:

Not only did William’s personality shine through his video, we also loved his unique and thought-provoking answer.

Vogelmorn Community GroupA charitable trust which owns the land and buildings of the former bowling club. The buildings are available for rental to community groups and arts practitioners for workshops, rehearsals, classes, and many other activities. As a pillar of the Wellington community, the Vogelmorn Community Group also organizes events or co-hosts them with other groups and individuals.

6. Maka

“To me, kindness means to be equal to other people and to respect others and their opinions. It also means to stand up for other people when you know they’re not being treated right.”

What we loved about this submission:

We love that Maka understands the value of kindness and the importance of caring for others. Both her answers about kindness and the way she described her chosen charity were very thoughtful.

World Central KitchenAn organization that creates smart solutions to hunger and poverty, through clean cookstoves initiatives, culinary training programs, and social enterprise ventures that empower communities and strengthen economies.

7. Niketh Balakrishnan

“I encourage others to be kind by being kind to others. When you’re kind to someone, you’ll always have a good feeling in your heart.”

What we loved about this submission:

Niketh did a great job of describing how he shows kindness to others in his community as well as with animals and the environment. 

Rainforest TrustAn organization that protects threatened rainforests and saves endangered wildlife through community engagement and local partnerships.

8. Luna Betancur

“...if you keep being kind to those people, then they’ll keep being kind to the world and then the world has so much kindness and it turns into a really good place.”

What we loved about this submission:

We couldn’t help but smile as we watched Luna’s submission. We loved her kind answers and giving nature.

Healing Kids HeartsAn organization that supports the emotional healing of children who have experienced foster care and/or adoption.

9. Vikram Konkimalla

“Kindness means to be friendly and considerate to others. I encourage people to be kind by doing an act of kindness and giving something that they truly need, like a meal or a warm blanket.”

What we loved about this submission:

Vikram’s kindness and generosity shined through his submission. We loved his positivity and how he understood the importance of giving back.

One Hope UnitedAn organization that increases opportunities for children and families by providing quality solutions that enhance lives, communities, and futures.

10. Kensley, Kaelyn, Kylee, and Kelsyn Vardijan

“We are the Vardijan sisters and we think kindness rocks!”

“To me, kindness means helping people in need.”

“To me, kindness means doing something nice for someone.”
“... making someone smile.”

What we loved about this submission:

We loved how each of the Vardijan sisters shared a different answer to what kindness means to them. We could tell that each of the girls love to spread kindness in their community.

Kind CraftA non-profit organization with the goal of providing families with opportunities to serve once a month to create a community of compassionate children through engagement and involvement in humanitarian service projects related to aiding, clothing, and feeding those in need.

Exciting Bonus

With so many thoughtful submissions, it was difficult to narrow it down to the top 10. After careful consideration, Big Life Journal has decided to donate $500 each to these additional 15 charities.

Austin Pets Alive
Nominated by: Tate Jistel

Cancer Research UK
Nominated by: Lilly-May Jasper

Blind People Association - India
Nominated by: Vivan Bhavsar

Catholic Charities of Central New Mexico
Nominated by: Annunciation Catholic School Grade 6A

American Cancer Society
Nominated by: Shahar Leshem and Colin Davis

Vinnies
Nominated by: Orla Bawden

Jasmine - Cayman
Nominated by: LSHS Year 8

Pane Quotidiano Onlus
Nominated by: Udine International School

Saddles and Smiles
Nominated by: Nevaeh Taylor

St. John's Pride
Nominated by: NLESD School Student - Astrid

Chicago Gifted Community Center
Nominated by: Adrian Hermes Agirbicean

Children’s Tumor Foundation
Nominated by: Elizabeth Guehlstorf

Children’s Hunger Fund Dallas
Nominated by: Rijja Mithani

The Banyan Adaikalam
Nominated by: Tanvi Arunkumar

Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation
Nominated by: Jaxon Surbrook

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Nominated by: Dylan Turzak

 

Now, more than ever, it's important to work together to spread kindness and connection through our communities. Feel the benefits that every act of kindness brings to the giver as well as the receiver.

Happy to help? Cultivate empathy through modeling and practicing and enhance children's capacity to care about others discovering all the ways they can make a difference.

Choose kindness today. What impact will you have?

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