Seven adults and six youths were named the 2006 inductees to the Hall of Fame for Caring Americans by the Caring Institute. You will probably recognize some of the names. The accomplishments of those chosen will certainly inspire you.
If you don’t believe kids can make a difference, think again. Some of the award winners are as young as age 14. Consider these:
- Daniel Kent, age 17, from Carmel, IN, formed Senior Connects — now Net Literacy Corporation — to bring senior citizens into the computer age. While teaching a computer class for adults, he realized that many seniors found it hard to attend his sessions. He recruited and trained friends to help him teach Internet classes, built a website, and raised over $110,000 for equipment. His efforts have put computer labs in 70 retirement facilities and helped 11,000 seniors get online.
- Brittany and Robbie Bergquist, ages 15 and 14, from Norwell, MA, founded Cell Phones for Soldiers to help U.S. troops stay in touch. They decided to support the war effort after hearing about the many soldiers who couldn’t afford to call home. Their idea has inspired donations of cash, prepaid phone cards, and used cell phones that the kids recycle and sell to raise funds. So far, they’ve collected over $1 million, sent over 80,000 calling cards to troops in the Middle East, and established over 8,000 recycling sites.
Go to http://www.prweb.com/releases/2006/10/prweb447741.htm to discover the other 2006 inductees to the Hall of Fame for Caring Americans and to learn about the Caring Institute.