'100 Kids' beginning new year of helping fellow Red Deerians

By Storrm Lennie
March 14, 2019 - 4:23pm

Kids from across the community will be gathering at St. Elizabeth Seton school next Friday for the latest ‘100 Kids Who Care’ get-together.

'100 Kids,' which was created in summer 2016, meets a few times each year and engages kids aged 3-17 so that they can make an impact no matter their age, gender, or income bracket. So far, nearly 350 kids have been through the program.

Each meeting involves the participating kids donating $10 to a charity which is voted on following pitches from nominated organizations.

Christine Slaymaker, the facilitator and creator of 100 Kids Who Care, hopes that going into their slate of 2019 events, the program will continue to teach kids that there is power in numbers, and that they can make a difference.

“We just want kids to know that if they want to get involved in their community and learn a little bit more about what goes on at local organizations, they can," she says.

"We want them to feel like they can make an impact in a short amount of time. Bringing together 100 kids not only has significance in the feeling and intent that is set in the room, but when we all gather together we do it to make a difference.”

The latest meeting at St. Elizabeth Seton runs from 6-7:30 p.m. and will feature presentations from The Mustard Seed for its school lunch program, the Dragonfly Centre and the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Center.

Slaymaker says it will be a unique meeting for its underlying theme of ‘kids helping kids.'

“The kids are going to leave feeling like they helped with something that mattered and knowing that they helped,” she explains. "100 Kids Who Care encourages children to come together as a team and recognize that their voice has value. It aims to inspire kids and help them believe that they can make an impact on their community regardless of their age."

Participants will also be bringing nut-free, non-perishable snacks to go to The Mustard Seed's school lunch program.

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