Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Pushing the Pause Button

After yesterday's tragic event at the Boston Marathon, we find ourselves at a loss for words.  Stunned.  Sad.  There are some things that will never make sense no matter how hard we try to understand them.

People often talk about regaining a sense of normalcy, moving forward, and getting back into a routine and we understand the reasons for that, but at Kids Five and Over we are opting to push the pause button and think about those people who were affected by the tragedy.  Four young people lost their lives, hundreds were injured, and countless others saw images they may never be able to erase from their minds.

We turn to Fred Rogers to help us reframe our thinking during this period of pause -

"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers.  You will always find people who are helping.'"

Our thanks to the people who are helping. Your bravery and selflessness is inspiring. Thank you for reminding us that good always wins and that helping others is always the right thing to do.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Kids Helping Kids

Doesn't it warm your heart when you see kids helping kids?  Doesn't it make you feel proud and hopeful all at the same time?

Soon after we launched our nonprofit, a teacher from Rye Elementary school named Jacquie, reached out and said she wanted to help.  Together with her Student Council, she organized a fundraiser that raised over $125!  The fundraiser took place on Opening Day for the Boston Red Sox.  Students were invited to wear their favorite baseball jersey, cap or hat and if they wanted to wear their hat all day, they were asked to donate $1.  All monies raised were earmarked for Kids Five and Over.   Baseball (Red Sox!), teamwork, pooling resources, and kids helping kids.  It warms our heart in so many ways!

To the students at Rye Elementary School - Thank you for reaching out to help children you may never meet.  Your kindness will be remembered.   Always.

To Jacquie - Thank you for being a role model of kindness for your students.  You reached out to us with enthusiasm and energy because you believe in the mission of Kids Five and Over, yet we've never met.  Thank you for reaching out.  Thank you for being you.

How lucky we are to have teachers like Jacquie shaping the lives of young children.

Thank you Rye Elementary School!  High Fives and Hugs from all of us at Kids Five and Over!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


Today marks our first blog post and we are energized by the opportunity to share our message.  It also means we are a little nervous.  Everything new starts with a twinge of healthy nerves.

Exactly two months ago we shared news of our nonprofit called, Kids Five and Over.  The outpouring of love and support for the kids who will benefit from the funds raised has been both overwhelming and humbling.  If you want to be immersed in kindness, start a nonprofit.  Oh, the people you will meet!

Immediately after launching our website, we found ourselves surrounded by people who understand that helping the next generation, doing something that makes a child's life better, giving of one's time, energy and resources is the right thing to do.  It fills a heart in the purest of ways.  Investing in the next generation is something that will always make our world a better place.  No question about that.

The back story around the creation of Kids Five and Over can be found on our website www.kidsfiveandover.org under the tab "Our Story".  Visit when you can and, if you're feeling inspired, use the info link to share your story with us.  With your permission, we'll post it on our website.

We'll use this space to post updates regarding our fundraising progress, write short vignettes spotlighting the children we are sponsoring, and celebrate those people who ooze kindness.  If you're interested in receiving blog updates, enter your email address in the space provided and watch your inbox for notifications.  We look forward to sharing this journey with you!

Igniting the Spark Within