The heroes referred to in the Twin Lakes, WI–area “Shop with a Hero” event are local members of the police and fire departments.
But for the youth served by One Hope United’s offices in Kenosha, WI, and Gurnee, IL, the real hero was fifth grader Kaiden Rivera.
Rivera, 10, was one of 26 students chosen by their schools to receive $200 to spend at Walmart. Most of the students spent the money on items for themselves and on gifts for their friends and family. But Rivera chose to spend the entire $200 on items for One Hope United youth.
“I’m buying for charity,” Rivera told the Kenosha News. “My grandpa gave me the idea.”
“Every year we try to donate,” explained Rivera’s mom, Kayla Blank. In addition to Rivera’s donation, Blank bought an additional $100 worth of toys with money donated by her stepfather.
The students were free to use the money how they wished. The money is donated by local individuals, businesses, and members of the Twin Lakes Professional Police Association. The event promotes a sense of community and trust between the youth and their public safety officials.
Rivera and his family remind us that anyone, no matter their age or position, can make a positive impact on another person’s life.
One Hope United serves over 9,000 children and families each year through a variety of programs including early education, foster care, counseling, and more.
If you would like to make a gift that benefits a One Hope United child or family this holiday season—or any season—visit our Wishbook, where you can purchase goods and experiences that have a direct benefit on people’s lives, including education opportunities, clothing, therapies, and more.