You’re Never Too Young to Make a Difference

You’re Never Too Young to Make a Difference

by Susan Neuhalfen

The kids of Lantana never cease to amaze. At a time when parents have a rough time getting their kids to do their chores, Lantana residents Matthew Schwartz and Braiden Kuiper took it upon themselves prove that you’re never too young to make a difference.

“The boys commute to school together every day so they love to talk,” said Braiden’s mother, Justine. “They started discussing Hurricane Harvey and came up with the idea to do odd jobs to raise money. When we picked them up from school, they announced that they were doing it.”

On Labor Day weekend, the boys decided to do a “Labor of Love” and offer their services to the residents of Lantana in exchange for donations. They created a flyer that was posted on Facebook and Lantana Live and also shared around to Lantana neighbors via text, offering to cut grass, clean up after pets, water plants and whatever other odd jobs neighbors needed done. Every penny they made went to purchase items for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

“The Facebook post went up and we immediately had 20 responses,” said Justine. “The boys worked from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. the entire weekend.”

Altogether the Shelton School students raised $1,742, which they spent at Costco for items requested by the North Texas Food Bank. When all of our items were weighed, Braiden and Matthew donated a total of 958 pounds of food which equates to 640 meals.

“The Lantana residents were so generous,” said Justine. “They couldn’t have achieved it without them.”

The most incredible thing, though, is that despite the long hours of work, they are ready to do it all again. After sharing the news with their neighbors about the success of their “Labor of Love”, the bottom of the email, read:
“p.s. – if you ever need any yard work done in the future, we are available!”

“All in all the boys learned that hard work is exhausting but the payoff is extraordinary,” said Justine.


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