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Kids Helping Kids

Julie Hauser

If you have an idea, you can do it! Meet four kids just like you, who also had great ideas — and put them into action

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

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et’s meet:

Shoshana, 10, from Ohio
Chesed: Whenever she was around her cousin who was on a special diet she always pretended to be on the diet as well.

Eliana, 16, from Michigan
Chesed: Donated her hair four times

Raizy, 18, from the UK
Chesed: Collected money for an organization called Efrat

Michal Avigail, from Jerusalem
Chesed: Began an organization called “One Family Fund”

How it began

Raizy When Raizy was 12, a schoolmate arranged for the girls in her class to donate their maaser money toward saving a baby’s life through the EFRAT organization. That experience inspired Raizy and a friend to do something similar. They decided to turn a spare school locker into a canteen to sell soda during the breaks. They’d donate the money to EFRAT.

After getting permission from their principal, Raizy and her friend went shopping. They bought about £20 worth of drinks and sold them for a bit more than they cost. The venture took their class (and school) by storm; they were amazed to make a lot of money even on the first day!

Raizy explains, “In that year and a half, we raised about £2,000 just by selling drinks. We received a framed certificate from EFRAT that we hung near the locker. We also gave large donations to the local Tomchei Shabbos and a kollel in Eretz Yisrael.”

Michal The day Michal turned 12, the Sbarro pizza restaurant in Jerusalem was bombed by terrorists. “We realized we couldn’t hold an extravagant bas mitzvah celebration while so many people were suffering. Together, my family and I decided that instead of spending so much money on one night of fun, we would instead donate that money, plus the money family members were going to spend on flights and hotels, to help those whose lives were shattered. We used the money to start the One Family Fund.”

 

Now, 16 years later, the One Family Fund helps over 2,800 families. Many children who were helped by One Family have grown up and volunteered as One Family Big Brothers or Big Sisters, or camp counselors — to give back.

Eliana Never underestimate the empathy a young child can have. When Eliana was only six years old, she donated her hair for the first time. Who needs hair? Children suffering from long-term hair loss due to medical diagnoses like alopecia areata, or from treatment like chemotherapy. Wearing a beautiful, natural wig helps them face the world with confidence. Locks of Love and Zichron Menachem are two organizations that accept hair donations and turn them into hairpieces for kids. The wigs are custom-made from 6–10 donated ponytails each, and would cost between $3,500 and $6,000. It takes patience and dedication to grow your hair long enough to donate it. Eliana donated her hair four times! (Excerpted from Mishpacha Jr., Issue 708)

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