In 2008, the Kladar family of Idaho took a trip to Mexico. While there, they visited a poor medical clinic in a rural part of the country. When visiting this place, the Kladar kids -10-year-old Sarah, 8-year-old Emily, 7-year-old Thomas, 3-year-old Will, and baby Ellie – realized that kids just like themselves had life-threatening heart conditions and would die if they didn’t receive new hearts. The Kladar kids were so moved by what they saw that, when they returned home, they knew they had to help.
Once the Kladar kids made their decision, they sprung into action, creating a charitable organization called Kids Helping Kids Fix Broken Hearts. The goal of the organization is to help kids in need of new hearts and their families with the many expenses they face. The kids pursue this goal by selling dishtowels that bear the name of their organization and a special logo designed by Emily herself! Today, Kids Helping Kids Fix Broken Hearts has sold 6,000 dishtowels, raising $70,000 to help give kids like themselves new hope for life!
This video tells the story of the Kladar kids and their amazing efforts to help other kids.
- Here’s an article that tells more about the amazing Kids Helping Kids Fix Broken Hearts.
- Here’s another IMK post about kids who sell jewelry to help others!
Topics for Discussion:
- Why did the Kladar kids want to start their organization?
- How do you think the kids feel when they know their efforts help save a life?
- Visit the Kids Helping Kids Fix Broken Hearts website to learn more about this great organization and how you can get involved!
- The Kladar kids took a simple idea and used it to help others. What simple idea can you put into action to help others?
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.