A big-hearted, 10-year-old Texas boy certainly lives by the maxim that it’s better to give than to receive. Orion Jean, a Fort Worth fifth grader, has shared his love for reading by collecting and donating 120,000 books to other children. He’s also partnered with a nonprofit to provide 100,000 meals to Texas families. On top of that, he launched a toy drive that sent more than 600 toys to sick kids at a children’s hospital.
Orion’s campaign of compassion took hold after he won a national student speech competition last year. It was sponsored by an organization that aims to inspire kids’ acts of kindness in schools and communities. In his video speech, Orion called on Americans to embark on a “race to kindness.” He said: “Kindness is a virtue we can all possess. So why not start today? Because right now, it’s what we need more than ever.”
With his $500 prize, Orion organized his toy drive for kids at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, and the donations poured in. Then his online “Race to Kindness” campaign quickly brought in meals and books. Now he’s aiming to hit his goal of 500,000 book donations by the end of this month.
Orion’s advice to the rest of us: “Go out and spread an act of kindness because if everyone on this planet spread one act of kindness, the world would be a much better place.”