Orion Jean of Fort Worth, Texas, is on a race to kindness. Only as far as he’s concerned, there is no finish line because his work is never done.
The 9-year-old was born with a compassionate soul, and as such, he’s always looking for ways to help his fellow humans. This year, he’s been busy making a difference for sick children and hungry families, and it’s beautiful to see!
Back in July, the fifth-grader entered the 2020 National Kindness Speech contest — and won! Instead of spending the $500 prize on himself, he used every penny to buy toys for children in need.
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Inspired to create his own charity events based on the phrase “Race to Kindness,” Orion started out with his Race to 500 Toys drive, donating 600 toys to a children’s hospital in Dallas.
When Melissa & Doug, a toy company, caught wind of his efforts, they pitched in an additional $5,000 worth of toys!
And Orion was just getting started! In October, he kicked off another event, this time focusing on people who are struggling with food insecurity.
Through his Race to 100,000 Meals food drive, he hopes to donate to countless families in need by Thanksgiving.
He’s already off to a good start! Orion has collected nearly 20,000 meals so far thanks to his community’s support.
“I’m asking everyone to join me in a race to kindness,” he said. “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.”
Talk about a heart of gold! Way to make the world a better place, Orion. You’re showing people everywhere that all it takes is a little action to make a huge impact on others’ lives. Let’s all go out and spread some kindness today!
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