I get so inspired when hearing about kid-started charity organizations and believe talking about them to your children is a great way to teach them the importance of giving back (whether now or when they’re a bit older). Charity Ball is another excellent example of a child’s selfless act of kindness. In 2010, Ethan King was in Africa accompanying his father on a trip. Ethan ended up playing soccer with a ball that he had brought with children from a nearby village. In one village, he decided to give his soccer ball to the children and saw the power of generosity.
When Ethan and his father returned to the U.S., then 10 year old Ethan grabbed some friends and got Charity Ball going. The premise is pretty simple. A $25 donation will gift a new soccer ball to a child in need. Affiliate organizations help identify villages and partner organizations help with shipping and transportation. When a Charity Ball goes to a village, it is hand delivered.
Ethan’s mission shows that it doesn’t take much to make a difference in the world. It started with a simple thing – a ball – that maybe only through the eyes of a child, could be seen as having a beneficial impact.