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Published on May 27th, 2013 | by Devin


Kids Honored for “52 Weeks of Giving”

15 students from Middlesboro, Kentucky gather to perform weekly random acts of kindness.

All of us here at the O’Deary Library know that the power of kids is the best tool we have to making a brighter future for everyone. Now, ABC News is reporting on a group of 15 students from Kentucky who are proving it to the world. They’re known as the 52 Weeks of Giving Gang!

For the last three years, these elementary school students have gathered together every single Friday afternoon in order to perform random acts of kindness in their community. They collect food for food banks, place flags on graves for Memorial Day, send messages of hope to cancer patients, make dinner and “Thank You” cards for firemen and a whole bunch more. They even raised over $500 for the Boston Public Library in memory of Martin Richard, the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombings. That’s amazing!

What originally began as a one-year project has now been going for three straight years. “We sort of thought it would be broadening horizons for these kids, but what we found is that the blessings were ours as much as theirs,” Middlesboro-Bell County librarian Libby Edwardson tells ABC News. “They have selflessly performed hundreds of hours of community service, cleaning up downtown, taking trash out of the canal, decorating homes for holidays, planting flowers and trees. If you are worried about the future of America, I ask you to come and meet our ‘Givers’.”

This inspiring group of students were nominated and chosen as the winners for the “Good Morning America’s Disney Time Hometown Celebration” contest. The prize included a party featuring Disney characters, entertainment and treats.

Let’s all congratulate and follow in the footsteps of these inspiring young kids!

To read the full article, head on over to ABC News.

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