You are never too young to inspire others. Even as a teenager, you can help others around you and instill in yourself a spirit of social responsibility. Parents and teachers are encouraged to teach the little ones to be kind and compassionate towards the needy in the society, and this is why students in their Year 4 class at Brightwater State School, Queensland, Australia were recently tasked with an assignment about a random act of kindness.
The two friends talked to a representative from POD, a network of Sunshine Coast residents helping the homeless and disadvantaged, to find out how they could best offer some kindness.
After hearing about areas of need on the Coast, the girls decided to do their bit for the Free Little Pantry at Wurtulla, a roadside help-yourself box of staples for people in need.
Kaiya and India organised a grocery drive at school, and to generate interest, held a competition between classes to see which could bring in the most donations.
Their grocery drive collected more than 1000 items from the school community – more than one item for every student at the school. The girls' determination and initiative amazed active members of POD, who described their achievement as "awesome”.
Wendy Aelholme and Kim Nethery Cardona expected to cart the collection to the Free Little Pantry in one vehicle but needed four sets of wheels to carry the load.
"I was just thinking it was going to be their class involved. I didn't think it would be whole school,” Ms Nethery Cardona said. "I'm very, very proud of the girls. They did an amazing job.”
Ms Nethery Cardona said she would happily accept another random act of kindness from the girls or their school next year, although a donation of some space for donations and sorting at the moment would be helpful.
Source: Sunshine Coast Daily.