If you’re anything like me, you’ve grown weary of constantly hearing about how selfish, uncaring and just plain awful kids are nowadays. I’m blessed to know some really terrific kids in our community, and a local girl named Janie Kathryn is a perfect example.
While I don’t know her personally, I was moved when I came across her story on Facebook. After successfully raising $117 for the Mid-South Food Bank back in May, Janie Kathryn once again set up her lemonade stand, this time with the intention of raising money to buy toys for children in need.
Her mom suggested Janie Kathryn use the proceeds to help stock the Memphis Child Advocacy Center’s Teddy Bear Wall. The center serves Memphis and Shelby County children who are victims of sexual and severe physical abuse. Staff members say everyone who enters the center is moved by its large Teddy Bear Wall, which houses dozens of cubbyholes stuffed with big, plush teddy bears of all colors and styles. Upon arrival at the center, each child selects a cuddly toy to bring them comfort during a traumatic time.
So, after selling out of lemonade in 3.5 hours on a recent June day, Janie Kathryn took the $134.50 she’d raised and headed to Build-A-Bear Workshop, where she personally built eight unique, huggable bears. She then delivered them to the staff at the Memphis Child Advocacy Center.
You can read more about little Janie Kathryn’s grassroots philanthropy by visiting her family’s blog.