We believe one of the most important things you can teach your child is empathy and generosity (okay, that’s two – but they’re intrinsically tied together). And it’s never too soon to start. April 17-19 is Global Youth Service Day and the perfect opportunity to sit with your child, look at what other kids are doing, identify what your child would like to do, and start making plans. Learning to give back not only teaches your child to be empathic and generous, it’s also a very empowering action for a child. Understanding that they have the power to make change, feeling the sense of fulfillment – it usually makes them want to do more and more. Like Susan Sarandon said, “When you start to develop your powers of empathy and imagination, the whole world opens up to you.”
Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is the largest service event in the world that activates and celebrates the millions of children and youth who find their voice, take action, and have an impact on vital issues. And it’s a great resource to explore in order to inspire your own child.
At Cloud b, we’re constantly inspired by SuperMax Wilford, a seven-year-old superhero fighting brain cancer who inspired the creation of MaxLove Project, a 100% volunteer-powered, grassroots nonprofit organization founded to help SuperKids thrive against cancer and life-threatening conditions. They’re always up to something new and it’s always something a little unexpected and fun. Here are some examples:
Max learned to love rainbow looming passing the time at the hospital and one thing led to another and it became a movement – kids across the country looming to make the longest chain in the world, having Loomonade Stands to raise money, and even making Jimmy Kimmel a “Suit of the Loom.”
MaxLove has developed a Fierce Foods philosophy and program to empower kids to eat healthier in order to beat cancer and other bad guys. In this new pilot collaboration, kids were charged with challenging a chef to develop a fierce recipe based on fierce principals to help kids like Max and his SuperKid hero buddies in the hospital. The kids in the class are teams supporting their friends who need especially fierce foods. Not only are the kids empowered by developing recipes to help their friends fighting cancer, they also learn about healthy eating themselves and start eating healthier! How cool is that?
Max has been using a Twilight Turtle as a healing tool for several years (and with him and MaxLove project, we’ve donated over $100,000 worth of Twilight Turtles to other hospitalized children). These years of watching in amazement at Max’s strength and exceptional generosity (he truly wants to help other kids!), we were inspired to make a new version of our Twilight Turtle – Super Max the Turtle. He’s more compact, easier to clean for hospital settings, and he has a little smile based on Max’s sweet grin. A portion of the proceeds from sales of Super Max the Turtle will go to support MaxLove Project. On April 18th, along with local kids, we’ll be packing SuperKid Ambassador boxes for the launch of Super Max the Turtle in May. We’re so excited! On the launch day, we’ll have SuperKid Ambassadors who have thrived against the odds, delivering Super Max the Turtle and a special Thrive care package to children in hospitals all over the world! Can you believe all of this awesomeness started with one very little boy?
(BTW – It costs Maxlove Project approximately $45 to compile and distribute one Thrive Kit. Please consider making a donation to send a SuperKid a Thrive Kit: http://maxloveproject.org/give-maxlove/)