Tween the Weekends and Your Voice Matters (YVM 31)

To tie in a bit with the post I wrote on the Emblazoners blog on Sept. 11, I thought I’d post about an awesome idea I saw from a 13 year-old girl named Kaylee on’s Facebook page a couple of days ago. For her 13th birthday, instead of asking for presents from her friends, she got a list of needed items from a local homeless shelter and asked her friends to donate!


Picture from’s Facebook page.

Pictured here is Kaylee, standing next to Terry Davidson, director of Clark County Homeless Coalition in Winchester, KY. You can see all the donations this simple request generated for the shelter. Way to go Kaylee!

Many kids these days are bombarded with toys and gifts for birthdays, Christmas, and other holidays, and because of this, they begin to lose their meaning or importance. Kaylee’s gesture not only provided the shelter with some much-needed supplies, it also reinforced how lucky many of us are to have even the basic necessities of life that others aren’t so fortunate to have. So, the next time a birthday or other special event comes up in your household, consider having a “donation party” instead of the traditional party with gifts given to the honoree. You might find those donation gifts carry a bigger impact to everyone involved!

You can find a bunch more ‘Tween the Weekend posts right here. Go have a look and give a shout out to all the Tweens out there!


About Alan Tucker

Writer, Dad, Graphic Designer, Soccer Coach … not necessarily in that order!

Posted on September 25, 2013, in Your Voice Matters and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Great post, Alan. It’s wonderful when young people learn to appreciate the joys of giving.

  2. This is so awesome! I love her idea and giving spirit! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this with us Alan!

  3. I love this idea, Alan! Such a thoughtful way for tweens to make a difference in their community! Kudos for sharing this charitable idea, and here’s hoping it makes a difference! Salute!

  4. Now that’s the mark of a young lady of character.

  5. What a wonderful young lady, and a great idea! Hmm…I know a certain someone with a bday right after Christmas, which makes it really hard to buy for. I will have to float this idea and see how she feels about it!

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