Spotlight: Connecting Kids

Human beings are hard wired for connection. It’s a fact that our minds and bodies thrive when we engage with people and causes that resonate with us. In our most recent blog post, we talked about how technology has revolutionized the way we think about social relationships and connections, and how PGK is a unique example of the use of technology to make connections that cultivate the greater good.

And when these connections are made, there is something magical that happens. An example:

Over the summer we have been promoting a #SummerKindnessChallenge. At our house in Florida, and at the homes of several others near Boston, we kicked off the summer by making Jared Boxes for children facing life-limiting illnesses at Good Shepherd Community Care in Newton, MA. As we were bringing the Jared Box Project on as a PGK partner, they shared with us a request they had just gotten for Jared Boxes from Good Shepherd. Since this was in the backyard of one of our PGK cities, we had to activate our network, and the 40 boxes they needed got made by 10 different families in a matter of days.

At our house, the boxes were a fun start to the summer with friends, accompanied by a pool party and pizza. Our nine-year-old did a PowerPoint introducing the Jared Box Project and Good Shepherd; he learned a lot in the making, and his friends, a bit in the sharing too. Equally fun and rewarding was sharing back with them the feedback from the child life specialist who had started distributing the boxes to her patients:

“These boxes have been awesome and full of such great stuff for my patients. I brought one to a pediatric hospice patient and his best friend last week. We couldn’t even get on to our craft project because they were having so much fun playing with the fidgets in the box. It was really just awesome!”

Not sure who got more from this exchange, the kids on the receiving end or us. But then again, it doesn’t really matter. Something magical happens when we make connections that lead to action touching more than just our own. We all win… and then some.

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