Kids congregate, give to charity

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Giving children a venue and a voice, 100+ Kids Who Care in Chatham raised $205 for the local Pet and Wildlife Rescue (P.A.W.) recently. Pictured presenting the big cheque to P.A.W. representative Myriam Armstrong (second from right) is Brody Jansen, Zachary Raspburg, Milani Savitz, whose presentation was chosen, and Emma Raspburg. Animal Control Officer Ben Van Eyk holds one of shelter dogs, Oliver.

It’s not your average 13-year-old who can research a charitable organization and write a presentation convincing her peers why it is a great choice to give money to.

Milani Savitz, a part of the 100+ Kids Who Care organization in Chatham, did just that in May, raising $205 for P.A.W. Animal Rescue with her fellow club members.

100+ Kids Who Care is an offshoot of the successful 100+ Women Who Care, a group who has raised more than $64,000 for charities in the area since it began.

According to co-chair of the group, Rachel Raspburg, the kids are asked to commit to three meetings, where they bring $10 each time, and if they want, a charity to nominate. The kids listen to the presentations and then vote on the one they want to receive the money.

“They can keep it going if they want after three meetings,” Raspburg explained. “Kids learn the spirit of giving at a young age. They learn the importance of giving back to the community and that you don’t have to be wealthy to give. The more kids who gather together, the bigger impact you can make.”

Any member at the meeting can nominate a local charity, she added, and stressed the importance of making kids aware of what is important in their community and what the needs are.

Savitz said she volunteers at the animal shelter and her love for animals is what made her choose P.A.W.

“I love animals and don’t want them not to have a home and attention. I want to help them,” Savitz said.

The donation was the third one for the young group, which has met three times over the past year. Raspburg said the next meeting will be held in October at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 642 at 39 William St. N. in Chatham, and while they have had a great response, they are always looking to welcome new members.

Anyone interested in the group can find info at 100kidck.com.

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