The coronavirus has left many around the world without jobs, homes, or even proper meals. Thankfully, many, including this incredible 5th grader, are working hard to make sure those people do not go without a Thanksgiving meal. Read on to discover one of the most heartwarming stories of the year…
10,000 Thanksgiving Meals
Young and old alike are raising money for those affected by COVID-19. Especially young, it seems! 5th grader Orion Jean from Texas wanted something different this holiday season. For Thanksgiving, he wants to provide meals to those in need. Even as a young boy, Jean knows how much a delicious meal can make a world of difference on a day to feel thankful. So, he started working on a plan to raise money and make meals. Now, Jones has a goal of 10,000 meals! Of course, he’d like to make more if possible! Now, Jones needs a little help. “I’m asking everyone to join me in a race to kindness,” Jean told CNN. “This has been a rough year for everybody, and now it’s more important than ever to show support and love to anyone who needs it.”
If you living in the Oklahoma/Texas area, you’re more than welcome to help. Jean has created special drop-off points, which you can find out about on his website! Believe it or not, this is not the first time this 5th grader has made a world of difference…
One Incredible 5th Grader
Amazingly, Jean has been preaching this level of kindness and love for years. Just last summer, he took part in the Think Kindness National Speech Contest – and won! In fact, Jean thinks kindness can be the cure to any problem. “The difficult situations impacting our world has shown us that kindness is more important now than ever before,” he said recently. “We’ve heard about the families hurting from this pandemic; the communities suffering injustice, and the people being OVER virtual learning… We could really use a big hug right now. And that’s just it. Kindness is like spreading hugs around the world to those who need it and those who might not even know they need it.”
After winning the Think Kindness National Speech Contest, Jean invested his winning in his first project, the Race to 500 Toys Drive. At the time, he collected toys for the children in need. Now, Jean hopes to receive the same response from the people who donated to him before, even if his goal is a lot bigger! After all, who could deny such an incredible 5th grader? With a massive smile, Jean loves inviting others to help him change the world. Meanwhile, he says that his “race” is a different kind. “The best part? Everybody wins!” he said.