“All kids should have a home like me.”
That is what Delilah thinks. And that’s why the 6-year-old gathered quarters all summer long, then donated $150 in coins to Habitat Tucson.
That action earned Delilah special recognition from another nonprofit that promotes kindness and community. What really makes Delilah happy is how she felt when she donated those quarters.
She hopes to help build a Habitat house someday. For now, she wants to inspire other children to do their part. “All kids should help people without a home.”
Sarah is way too young to work on a Habitat house, but she is old enough to build a butterfly box for a family who will be moving into a Habitat home. And that’s what she did at a workshop called Build It Brighter, sponsored by Habitat of Suffolk County.
Eight-year-old Sarah is very pleased at how her box turned out. “It is pretty and sturdy,” she says.
The workshop’s purpose is to introduce children to Habitat’s mission and to let them know how great it feels to do something for someone else and give back to the community.
How did Sarah feel to learn that there are other kids who don’t have a good house to live in? “I was pretty surprised,” she says. “I felt happy that I have a house.”
Sarah doesn’t know the Habitat family who will be getting her butterfly box. No matter. Just thinking about them receiving her gift, she says, makes her “EXCITED!”
“Almost $200 buckaroos.”
That’s how much a happy and proud 8-year-old Owen raised selling lemonade, along with his happy and proud 9-year-old brother, Wyatt.
The Dallas, Texas, boys set up the stand after learning that their church had completed 100 houses partnering with Habitat families and has plans to build 200 more. They thought about the kids who don’t have a good home. “Wow, they must be sad,” Owen says. Thinking about those kids makes his brother sad, too. And something else. “Appreciative that I have a house,” Wyatt says.
The sign on the lemonade stand read “50 cents,” but most patrons were generous tippers when they learned where the money was going. The boys asked their parents to post a picture of the stand on social media and received even more donations, including one from their aunt in California.
Wyatt and Owen were thrilled to learn that the “almost 200 buckaroos” was enough to cover a front door and some windows on a Habitat home. And the boys want to continue to raise even more money, maybe selling even more lemonade. They hope to inspire other kids to do their part to help Habitat families, even if it is just contributing $1, so that even more kids can have good homes. “I want to make other kids feel happy by giving,” Wyatt says.