This week's Whiz Kids are still on a roll. The Poussard children started the non-profit Kids 4 Japan last year, and have dedicated themselves to making a difference.
When we left off with the Poussard's, they were in the process of collecting second-hand clothing for the Japanese affected by the devastating tsunami and ensuing earthquake. They had a logo and were beginning T-shirt sales and getting their website off the ground.
Since then, while some children have been off on vacation over school breaks or long weekends, these three kids have been working hard on their non-profit: LittlePeopleBigHearts.org.
The clothing drive for Japanese relief efforts after the earthquake-tsunami was so successful, the kids are STILL receiving clothing donations and selling their t-shirts to raise money for the shipping costs to get the clothing to Japan.
During the process of fundraising for Kids 4 Japan, the Poussard kids have been exposed to other children who've initiated community service projects and fundraisers in their own communities, which inspired the family's latest project WEAR IT FORWARD. In collaboration with their Sifu's (Chinese for teachers), a percentage of the proceeds go to making children-initiated philanthropy projects a reality.
When they are not busy paying it forward, the trio is on their way to Second Degree Black Belt at the United Martial Arts Center in Danvers. They have been featured in the local media outlets for their charitable contributions, most recently in the Peabody Essex Museum's Connections Magazine, for their efforts for Kids 4 Japan.
They also received a "You Make A Difference" Award from their Sifus Anthony and Rita Pasquale at UMAC for their community service efforts.
Most recently, the trio worked the crowds at the Topsfield Fair for their two initiatives: Kids 4 Japan and Wear It Forward. They passed out information and business cards, and collected over $100 in donations.
You can follow their efforts at littlepeoplebighearts.org.
Whiz Kid’s Name: Zoe, Elodie and Freddie Poussard
Whiz Kid’s Age: 11, 9 and 8
Whiz Kid’s Accomplishment: Started a second charitable organization Wear It Forward; Spread the word at The Topsfield Fair, while making collections.
Whiz Kid’s Key to Success:
These kids have "Kung Fu", which has many translations such as "patient accomplishment" and "indominable spirit", but our favorite is "Embodied Excellence". They are also extremely compassionate. When something bad has happened somewhere in the world, Freddie's first response is, "I guess we gotta sell more shirts."
Whiz Kid’s Advice to others:
Believe in yourself, make things happen, and never give up.~ The Poussard Kids