10-year-old Orion Jean—the 2020 National Kindness Speech Contest Winner—is on a mission to donate 100,000 meals to people in need in time for the Thanksgiving celebrations.
“I’m asking everyone to join me in a race to kindness,”
North Texas 5th-grader Orion Jean is on a mission. The goal of this young but determined public champion: donating 100,000 meals to those in need by Thanksgiving. “I’m asking everyone to join me in a Race to Kindness,” 10-yo Jean told CBS. “This has been a rough year for everybody, and now it’s more important than ever to show support and love to anyone who needs it.”
Orion began collecting donations last month and has already received thousands of meals
Earlier this year, Chisholm Ridge Elementary student Orion Jean collected and donated hundreds of toys to hospitalised children in Dallas through his Race to 500 Toys drive. Now, he’s started another drive with the goal of donating thousands of meals to people in need by Thanksgiving.
In addition to the work Orion is doing on his own, the Race to 100,000 Meals food drive has been accepting food donations from the public on certain dates.
Those making donations are asked to bring packed meals containing:
- 1 bottle of water
- 2 tangerines or 1 apple in a zipped sandwich bag
- 1 applesauce cup or tuna pouch
- 1 packaged granola bar.
The contents should be inside a brown paper bag with a positive message written on it.
Orion began collecting donations last month and has already received thousands of meals.
During the summer, Orion won the Think Kindness National Speech contest, where he urged others to show compassion through action (see below for speech). As champion, Orion was given $500 to start his own kindness project where he went on to collect toys for hospitalised children.
Race to 100,000 Meals has a website and Instagram page.
WILL YOU JOIN ORION IN THE RACE TO KINDNESS? EVERYBODY WINS!
“I have already seen how kindness can change a nation. Whether it is a wave to a stranger, saying a kind word to others or even offering to pay for someone's meal, every gesture can go a long way in helping to brighten someone else's day. <br /> Join me in the ‘Race to Kindness,’ the best part is, ‘Everybody Wins!’” — Orion Jean