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Young, black and philanthropic: These kids know the meaning of giving back

April 09, 2018 at 11:09 am | Uncategorized

Farida Dawkins

Farida Dawkins | Contributor

April 09, 2018 at 11:09 am | Uncategorized

Jayera Griffin...Screenshot: WGN News

Earning large amounts of money can be fulfilling. Nevertheless, giving to others in their time of need and expecting nothing in return is truly priceless. Keep reading to learn about these young black philanthropists serving others for no reason other than wanting to be a positive change in their environment.

Jayera Griffin…WBBN TV video screenshot

Jayera Griffin

14-year-old Jayera Griffin is an 8th-grade honor student who tutors other children at her school. While doing so, she noticed that some of the student’s clothing wasn’t clean. Griffin sensed that the children felt embarrassed so she took a bold step.

During spring break, Griffin launched “Free Wash Day” which involved raising $1,000 dollars. She went to her local laundromat and stayed there from 7 am to 9 pm ensuring that those who needed funds to wash their clothing were able to do so.

When donations began to run low, members of the community added to her donation bucket.

As a result, local business owners have offered to host another free wash day and will also be giving free haircuts.

Mari Copeny…Create & Cultivate

Little Miss Flint

Mari Copeny also known as Little Miss Flint and her cousin Felicia Copeny are not letting the water crisis in Flint, Michigan bog them down.

Felicia, a 27-year-old mother of three children and Mari’s cousin launched a GoFundMe page called “Help Flint Kids See Black Panther.” The goal was to send 1,000 children to the theatre to see the film, Black Panther.

The page was created on January 24 with a goal of $5,000.  The fundraiser has now raised $16,574 with the latest donation occurring 14 days ago.

Remaining funds were said to be gifted to “nonprofit Pack Your Back to go towards Summer and Back to School programming for Flint kids.”

Jahkil Jackson

10-year-old Jahkil Jackson crafted 5,000 “blessing bags” for Chicago’s homeless population in 2017.

Former President Barack Obama clearly impressed, tweeted about Jackson’s efforts.

According to WE forum, Jackson plans to donate 6,000 more bags in 2018.

Inspired by his aunt who distributed food to the homeless, Jackson wanted to “do more” as stated on his website.

In 2017, Jackson became a member of the WE International Youth Council, “WE is a movement that exists to make the world a better place. WE Day is also a celebration of youth making a difference in their local and global communities.”

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