Reaching out to those in need is always an uplifting gesture. But when we see children put their own interests aside to help others, there is no comparison.
One longstanding example, and now tradition, of kids helping kids is that of Justin Pepper. He felt so moved by the stories of the children at Thornwell that he donated his birthday gifts to the kids living on Thornwell’s campus. And today, Justin Pepper’s Toy Drive is inspiring other children to follow in his footsteps.
Just this month, Caroline Rider (Chapin, SC), was so inspired by Justin’s story that she wanted to donate her birthday presents in honor of Justin and his generosity. Her family traveled to Clinton to drop off the gifts, and were surprised by a festive birthday celebration for Caroline by the girls and Family Teachers of Anita-Nancy Cottage.
“I can’t say enough wonderful things about the girls in the Anita Cottage,” said Caroline’s mother, Taylor Rider. ”They were polite, friendly, gracious, inquisitive, creative, and oh-so loving. Each one of those girls shined bright and knew they had potential and were loved.”
Other children have continued Justin Pepper’s efforts, too. Daniel Brasington (Woodruff, SC) and Paige Partain (Honea Path, SC) also recently gave up their birthday celebrations to give to Thornwell’s kids. Thornwell continues to be amazed by the generosity and compassion of these young people!