Amazing Kids! Magazine

Amazing Kids! of the Month – Elaina and Vanessa Noble, Brooke Karch – February 2015

Elaina and Vanessa Noble and Brooke Karch, Volunteer Extraordinaires
Written by Kasey Dallman, AKOM Writer

 

Quotes of the Months

“When I give my time to help it makes me feel good inside and live I’ve accomplished something.”
– Elaina Noble, 9-year-old Volunteer Extraordinaire

“I think it’s important to do things for other people because we have things that they don’t have, like food and family.”
– Vanessa Noble, 7-year-old Volunteer Extraordinaire

“Hands & Hearts helped me learn that there are a lot of people (and animals) that give back to others.”
– Brooke (Pip) Karch, 6-year-old Volunteer Extraordinarie

February Amazing Kids! of the Month

Now that we’ve had a month to break in our New Year’s Resolution, take a minute to reflect on the awesome energy you are projecting into the world. Maybe you’ve made a resolution to visit your local nursing home more and read to the senior citizens. Maybe you’ve made a resolution to collect food to donate to a food pantry.

Whatever resolution you made last month, Amazing Kids! challenges you take your personal goals to the next level by helping others. In fact, we’ve got the perfect volunteer extraordinaires to inspire you!

Elaina and Vanessa Noble, along with their friend Brooke (Pip) Karch started their own school organization to help other children learn how to give back to the community. Keep reading to learn more about our February Amazing Kids! volunteer organization and how you too can make this the year of giving back.

From left to right, 7-year-old Vanessa Noble, 9-year-old Elaina Noble, and 6-year-old Pip Karch, prepare for a food drive.

From left to right, 7-year-old Vanessa Noble, 9-year-old Elaina Noble, and 6-year-old Pip Karch, prepare for a food drive.

Little Hands, Big Hearts

Even under a decade old, 9-year-old Elaina Noble has been surrounded by volunteering. Her mother is involved with Meals on Wheels and both her parents have been part of fundraisers. When Elaina asked her mother what she thought children could do to get involved with volunteer work, they both realized that there wasn’t a group in their local area for elementary students to learn about volunteering and helping the community.

Soon, Elaina, along with her 7-year-old sister Vanessa, and Vanessa’s 6-year-old friend Pip Karch, founded Hands & Hearts. “With our moms helping us organize our events, we got things going,” Elaina explained.

Their first event was Cupcakes for Firefighters.  Their local church made cupcakes that the girls then got to decorate and hand out to volunteer firefighters. “Vanessa, Pip, and I got all our friends from Essex Elementary School to come,” Elaina said. “Pip’s mom taught the kids about volunteering and about what we were trying to do with Hands & Hearts.”

Pip and Elaina decorating cupcakes.

Pip and Elaina decorating cupcakes.

Filling the hearts of others with an outpouring of volunteer work

Since starting Hands & Hearts, the girls have loved getting to launch their own volunteer projects and learn from professionals about volunteering. This has included organizing a  food drive for a food pantry, meeting with a policewoman and learning about how her police dog helps keep people safe, and more!

Vanessa’s favorite project has been handing out flowers to cheer up other people’s day. Her mother organized an ice cream party that Hands & Hearts would hold for a senior living home. “Before the party, the Hands & Hearts group painted and decorated pots and planted flowers in them,” Vanessa said. “We gave them to the seniors at our ice cream party. We made them happy with our flower presents.”

Another memorable project? Raising money to donate to Ray of Light Farm, a non-profit animal rescue and animal-assisted therapy center. Hearts & Hands painted pictures and picture frames, and made bracelets and hair clips. The crafts were sold at a booth during a parade. “We made over $500 for the farm,” Pip said.

Another of Pip’s favorite event was a police dog demonstration. She learned that animals can also give back to the community!

Another of Pip’s favorite event was a police dog demonstration. She learned that animals can also give back to the community!

Need a title

The work that Hands & Hearts has done is such an inspiration! And better yet, it’s all done by children under the age of 10. Amazing Kids! (as well as the girls at Hands & Hearts) would love to see you start your own organization in your community.

Vanessa reading to the elderly (and putting a smile on their faces) at a holiday party.

Vanessa reading to the elderly (and putting a smile on their faces) at a holiday party.

Find a trusted adult to help you organize the group, and recruit friends and classmates to join! From there start brainstorming activities you can do to help others and let the volunteering magic take shape.

“It doesn’t have to be big events,” Elaina said. “If you start by doing something that makes others smile, that’s a beginning!”

4 comments

  1. Noble sisters and Pip Karch-
    Our class read this article about what you did for others. We are thinking that you are kind and sweet, just like our school “FALCONS”. Keep up the good work! Have a great day!

  2. Muchelle Goddard /

    Way to go Vanessa Elaina and Pip!!! Good Karma all around. Hooray!!!

  3. ALLISON VAN DEN HOEK /

    These kids are awesome! It is great that your magazine recognizes them for all their hard work and open hearts. Well done to Elaina, Vanessa and Pip! You are little angels who are making a difference in the community.

  4. tammy lefoll /

    awesome article about the power of young ones! keep up the good work amazing kids!