In today's San Antonio Express-News, eight year old Xoe Cano made a plea to the residents of San Antonio to help her get a new giraffe for the San Antonio Zoo. She sent four quarters to the Zoo, and is asking the rest of us to do the same.
The background and history of many well-known causes is chock-full of individuals - many times children - taking a stand on a particular issue to draw attention to a need or raise funds.
Jason O'Neill started Pencil Bugs when he was nine as a way to make homework more interesting for himself and other kids. Once he started making money off the venture, he started donating money to different causes. He got on Twitter back before it exploded, and got a pretty nice following out of it! Now he's even got a new book out, titled Bitten By the Business Bug: Common Sense Tips for Business and Life from a Teen Entrepreneur. You can check out the book - and purchase it - on his site or at Amazon.
Locally, Eliza Rosenbloom has been raising money for the San Antonio Red Cross through hot chocolate sales at her school. This year, she made a $2,200 donation to the organization! Her efforts have even earned her the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy award from the San Antonio Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals this year at its annual National Philanthropy Day Event.
I love the idea of getting kids involved in fundraising early in their lives. Helping them to understand there are things in this world outside themselves - and helping to develop compassion and a sense of philanthropy - is a lesson they'll carry with them throughout their lives.
Make your donation today for a new giraffe at the San Antonio Zoo and help Xoe's great idea become a reality. She's only asking for a dollar, but donate more if you can.
San Antonio Zoo
3903 N. St. Mary's St.
San Antonio, TX 78212