Meet the HearthSong Heroes and learn about the programs they support to help other kids.
Amy and Emma Twins Amy and Emma began helping out at a local homeless shelter at the age of four. At the age of seven, after viewing a TV special on child entrepreneurs and attending a cooking camp with mom Alison, they knew that family cooking time was a bonding experience they wanted shelter families to be able to have-and that they would use their entrepreneuring skills to make it possible. Thus began BakeMeHome, a charity designed to give departing shelter families a tote bag containing a mason jar filled with a special oatmeal cookie mix, cooking utensils, a grocery store gift card (for perishable ingredients), and a toothbrush and toothpaste, so that families could inaugurate their new home (and life) by making cookies together. Since that day in 2008, BakeMeHome has expanded to include programs for local food pantries, kids in foster care, members of the military (including veterans), and other services. Kids as young as four years old are encouraged to volunteer at BakeMeHome, for the twins are as dedicated to promoting volunteerism, especially in kids, as they are to using cookies (and baking) to heal. HearthSong is pleased to help further the BakeMeHome mission by donating a number of HearthSong Gift Certificates to the cause. Find out more about bakemehome.org.
Meet the rest of our HearthSong Heroes, and read about their good works.
Keegan Keegan, diagnosed with a brain tumor, had to spend a lot of time in and out of hospitals. When he finished treatment he decided he wanted to do something to help other children in the same situation. Joined by his parents, he founded Team Keegan, a non-profit organization whose mission is to put a smile on the faces of children suffering from cancer by offering them a "prize" box filled with toys. After each struggle, the child can pick out a toy as a reward for being brave-and an incentive to continue being brave. Team Keegan believes that laughter and happiness is a huge key in the fight against childhood cancer. Find out more about Team-Keegan
Rachel Rachel has a passion for the outdoors she wants other kids to be able to share. She's working with schools to provide quality outdoor time for kids, and recently held a screening of the film Play Again, a moving and humorous documentary that takes six "average American" teenagers (who spend five to fifteen hours a day in front of digital screens) on their first wilderness adventure. HearthSong was glad to help by sponsoring the film and funding a marketing plan for it.
Jimmy and Badham Jimmy and Badham believe passionately that, as Badham says, "Every other person in this world should have the same opportunities as we do, no matter what." They raised enough money not only to help build a school in Sierre Leone, in cooperation with the Free the Children organization, but have also provided a precious water source for the entire community to use. In support of Jimmy and Badham's effort, HearthSong has made a contribution to the Free the Children organization. Find out more about the Free The Children organization.
Mary Kate Mary Kate wants very much for all children to have a happy Christmas morning. She has worked with her school and with the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program for the past few years to raise the funds (and wrap the presents) that will help kids have a better Christmas morning. HearthSong got to work, too, and found 100 toys to donate to Mary Kate's 2013 holiday program.