Youth Philanthropy Winners Announced
NORFOLK - Dozens of area youngsters will be helping to make their communities a little better with the help of a local group. The Norfolk Philanthropy Council handed out ten grants of $1000 to various youth aged kindergarten to young adult at a ceremony on Saturday. The kids submitted ideas for projects that they'd like to see done to make their hometown a little better. Jefferson Elementary School in Norfolk was among the winners. Jefferson student Martino Young says they'll be creating baskets of breakfast items to send out with the local Meals on Wheels.
Young, "It's pretty much being helpful. We want to help other people, instead of just caring about yourself."
Another winner was Jaden Moore from Norfolk High School. Moore says she'll be using her grant to sew and donate pillowcases to Faith Regional Health Regional Health Services' Child Advocacy Center.
Moore, "What if they're taken out of their home or going through an abusive situation? I see people at school all the time that have gone through something like that, so I just want to try to do whatever I can."
Tammy Day with the Philanthropy Council says they received a total of 26 entrants, and she says now that the contest is in its third year, the committee's decisions on winners gets more difficult.
Day, "It shows that people are starting to become educated and really understand what the contest is about and what philanthropy is about."
Day says the committee has received interest from area residents who want to privately fund some of the projects that weren't awarded grants.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS
Welcome Foster Care Bags, Natalila and Reagan DeLancey
--Will make care packages for foster children ages 2-10 to be given to them just prior to entering a foster home
Baskets of Love, Jefferson Elementary
--Will team up with Meals on Wheels to create baskets of love that contain breakfast items
Baskets of Joy, Third Grade Montessori Students
--Will show love to the community by providing items that the elderly at Skyview Villa can use on a daily basis
Wee Care Kits, Norfolk Catholic Elementary Sunshine Preschool and #rd Grade
--Will purchase items as requested by the St. Vincent de Paul Society and pack them in a care kit to be handed out to individuals requiring assistance
Dream Big, Addysen Clyde
--Bags will be given to children at the Bright Horizons shelter to provide comfort, security and hope. The bags are filled with items to make them feel at home, happy and safe
Dogs Just Want to Have Fun, Gerardo Sanchez
--Will fix up the dog park at Ta Ha Zouka Park
Totes 4 Tots, Destinee Sturm, Lacey Jorgenson and MacKenzie Jorgenson
--Will fill totes with gifts for kids in the hospital. They are making tied pillows, stuffed animals, rubber band bracelets and other things.
Sleeping Buddies, Jaden Moore
--Will sew and donate pillowcases to Faith Regional's Child Advocacy Center
Supplies for Survivors, Norfolk Senior High AP Government
--Will provide basic necessities for those who seek refuge through Bright Horizons
Cancer Care Kits, Katie Owen, Kelsie Sturm and Sydney Own
--Will provide baskets for anyone receiving cancer treatments at Carson Cancer Center