NEW YORK, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- DoSomething.org and The Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation today announced the winners of their "Get Well Soon" grants, which encouraged young people nationwide to submit their projects taking action to help children in hospitals. The grants will help fund the winners' efforts to continue to make a significant impact in their communities and the lives of children.
Young people from all over the U.S. submitted their projects between July 12 and August 17. Fifteen outstanding individuals received $500 grants and five exceptional individuals received $1,000 grants for their projects.
"The Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation has been a wonderful partner for the last two years, and we are grateful for their support to expand the efforts of young people helping other young people in need," said Amanda Ashton, grants associate at DoSomething.org. "With so many passionate and creative young applicants, we could not be more proud of the winning projects and programs selected."
"We are thrilled to partner with DoSomething.org to help empower young people throughout the country to give back to their communities," said Mitch Cohen, a Baskin-Robbins franchisee and co-chair of The Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation. "These young people are an inspiration to all of us, and we are proud to support such worthy projects."
"Get Well Soon" grant winners were selected based on creativity, passion, and impact through their hospital-helping efforts. The winning projects are listed below.
"GET WELL SOON" GRANT WINNERS:
Five $1,000 Grant Winners
Berni Barta, 20
Kid Flicks, Los Angeles, CA
Berni started Kid Flicks eight years ago, donating used movies to Children's Hospitals and Pediatric Departments as a means of distraction to sick and recovering youngsters. To date, Berni has donated 55,000 movies to 550 different hospitals in all 50 states and 5 hospitals in South Africa.
Kylie Kuhns, 13
Kelsey's Dream, Mifflinburg, PA
After her sister passed away from cancer, Kylie was inspired to help other children and their families battling with the disease. She started Kelsey's Dream Foundation that donates Chemo Ducks, a fluffy duck friend that educates young people about the chemo procedure and helps them cope, to children's hospitals across the country.
Andrew Mills, 25
Kids in Chemotherapy and their Students (KICS), Boston, MA
Andrew's Kids in Chemotherapy and their Students provides emotional support for children undergoing cancer treatment. Each patient participating in the program is matched with a medical student who acts as their mentor and friend during their stay in the hospital.
Raghib Siddiqui, 20
Rx Rhapsody Presents: Rock the City, Poughkeepsie, NY
Raghib and RX Rhapsody, a student led and founded organization, hosts musical performances for children and adults in hospitals, childcare facilities, and retirement homes utilizing the power of music therapy to improve mental and physical health.
Jenny Silver, 14
Bowling for Bears, Cherry Hill, NJ
Jenny started Bowling for Bears in 2005 providing new teddy bears for the holidays to children in children's hospitals, shelters, foster homes, and schools. Last year, Bowling for Bears raised more than $19,000 and delivered teddy bears to more than 2,400 children in need.
Fifteen $500 Grant Winners
Cindy Barnett, 22
Youth Care, Inola, OK
Allie Broeniman, 14
Operation a Sister's Love, Appleton, WI
Stephen Dinkel, 22
Holiday Party for the Kids, Albuquerque, NM
Michelle Gaffney, 16
Comfy Kids, Boulder, CO
Michal Garza, 12
Hopeful Hugs, Stephenville, TX
Ari Kantrow, 18
Handmade 4 Hospitals, Bloomfield, NJ
Jenelle Krumlauf, 20
Nellie's Catwalk for Kids, Reynoldsburg, OH
Jocelyn Moore, 17
Pokey Pets, Clarkston, MI
Silvia Ruiz, 16
Note Their Smiles, Hialeah, FL
Marisa Schreiber, 19
Art Therapy for Children's Health, Fort Meyers, FL
Anthony Sison, 15
Project Birthday, Sacramento, CA
Laura Stambach, 17
Recovering Kits for Siblings, Fresno, CA
Jared Stossel, 17
Project 143, San Jose, CA
Daniel Thorngren, 24
Corner Food Project, Chicago, IL
Jourdan Urbach, 18
Children Helping Children, Roslyn Heights, NY
For more information on these outstanding young people and their projects, please visit http://www.dosomething.org/grants/get-well-soon/winners.
DoSomething.org is one of the largest organizations in the US that helps young people rock causes they care about. A driving force in creating a culture of volunteerism, DoSomething.org is on track to activate two million young people in 2011. By leveraging the web, television, mobile, and pop culture, DoSomething.org inspires, empowers and celebrates a generation of doers: teenagers who recognize the need to do something, believe in their ability to get it done, and then take action. Plug in at www.DoSomething.org.
About The Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation
The Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation brings together a wide network of stakeholders, including franchisees, crew members and employees. The focus of the Foundation is to serve our neighborhoods by taking care of their basic needs – safety, hunger relief and children's health.
Megan Anhalt, DoSomething.org
McCall Gosselin, Dunkin' Brands
SOURCE The Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation; DoSomething.org