Orion Jean of Fort Worth, Texas, is only 10 years old, but he’s on a big mission. At his school, Chisholm Ridge Elementary, they are on a kindness drive.
They are having a Race to Kindness to gather meals by thanksgiving, which for the U.S. will happen next Thursday, the 26th. Apparently the targets being discussed did not suit Orion. “I heard 10,000 and 20,000 and I knew those numbers were big, but they just weren’t going to cut it,” said the Fort Worth fifth grader.
He set a goal of 100,000 meals! Some thought the number too big, but not Orion. “Everybody was like, ‘Whoa, that’s a big number!’ But I thought we could achieve it because when everybody can come together for a cause as common as kindness, then you can really do big things,” Jean said.
It’s important to know that these are not full thanksgiving meals, there’s no roast turkey involved; just a bottle of water, some tangerines or apples, apple sauce or a tuna pouch, and a granola bar. These items are packed in a brown paper bag decorated with positive messages.
Orion partnered with TangoTab, an app that donates a meal every time a person checks-in at a partnering restaurant. So far Jean has been quite successful, as of Friday, Jean had collected 42,523 meals, that is nearly half his total.
The bigger his success becomes, the more attention he gets too. He has been noticed by the likes of Greek Yogurt company, Chobani, who donated 100,000 yogurt cups to a food bank in Orion’s name. He also was noticed by Kendra Scott of Shark Tank who donated 1,000 meals to his cause.
All of this success because he had faith kindness. Which is your Good News Story of the Day, find it in full here. “Kindness matters. And no matter what you are, no matter who you are, you can spread kindness to anyone,” Jean said.
Story and Image from WFAA