Meet Joshua! He is determined, funny, and kind.
When life handed Joshua lemons, he didn’t just make Lemon-AID. In fact, this 7-year-old also delivered the Lemon-AID to his elderly neighbors, collected 100 handmade get-well cards, AND raised over $100 for critically ill children and their families! This brave child just can’t be stopped!
When Joshua’s family reached out to The B Fund at the beginning of the year, we were simply inspired by the determination and kindness that both Joshua and his family showed in their philanthropic efforts. They visit Boston each year for Joshua’s treatments, but they also wanted to use this time to give back to other families going through similar experiences.
Joshua and his family decided to be involved by donating cards to our Be Bag drive and hosting a Lemon-AID Stand in their neighborhood.
Our overall goal for the Be Bag drive was to create 100 bags, and Joshua’s family alone contributed 100 handmade get-well cards by reaching out to local schools and girl scout troops in their native Williamsburg, VA! Joshua hand-delivered these cards to The B Fund on June 28, 2017, and his happiness was contagious!
When Joshua returned home, he continued his acts of giving by hosting a Lemon-AID stand. At first, he wasn’t getting much foot traffic due to the hot Virginia weather, but that didn’t stop this little boy from finding a way to make a difference! He decided to go door-to-door to drop off his refreshing Lemon-AID to his neighbors, many of whom were elderly and weren’t able to make it outside.
His mother also notes that this experience was a wonderful teaching moment for their family: “Although Josh was frustrated, the experience gave us the opportunity to discuss with him that life does not always go as planned, but when it doesn’t, it helps us feel better to do something kind, and when in your power to do so always keep your word.”
His kindness certainly paid off – his efforts raised over $100 for critically ill children and their families!
So who is Joshua? Here are some fun facts about this incredible boy:
- His favorite color is green.
- His favorite food are apples.
- Jurassic Park is his favorite movie.
- His all-time favorite toy is his fishing pole.
- His favorite song is “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion.
- When he grows up, he wants to be an archeologist.
In 2017, Joshua has made a pledge to BE kind!
Do you know a child who’s performing acts of kindness? Nominate them for our “Be Inspired” feature! Email us at email@example.com to learn more.