An 8 Year Old On A Mission
When most kids are 8 they’re out running around with friends or catching up on the TV they missed while at school, but Jaide Ramirez-Jennings is busy running the non-profit she started in kindergarten called Kids in Care of Kids (KICK). After seeing Yahoo!'s Be a Better Planet campaign she took on the task of encouraging people in Topeka, Kansas to use reusable shopping bags at the grocery store… And after her grandmother contacted them to see if they could help jumpstart her campaign they generously (but not surprisingly) donated 900 purple canvas shopping bags as part of their Purple Acts of Kindness program. Now she’s aiming to sell them for $5 a piece at local supermarkets to raise money for other organizations that preserve the environment and improve the lives of kids, including groups like Keep America Beautiful, the Topeka School Fund, and the American Heart Association. Of course it’s up to the people of Topeka to step up and buy them, then make sure that they remember to actually use them. Admittedly, it can be tough to remember to bring them every time there’s a trip to the store, but with kids in New Hampshire working on a similar program, the city of San Francisco working to ban them, and companies like IKEA working to do the same within their own stores, there are more and more people working to help us remember such a simple thing that can make a big difference.