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Twenty Five Days to Make a Difference is a Service Project Dedicated to:

My Grandpa, Al Stockman

 

Albert Stockman was my grandpa. He loved helping other people, and he believed that everybody could make the world a better place, not just by doing big things, but by doing small things too! My grandpa once told me that I was a leader. Even though he called me “Lit-tle Laura”, he made me feel big and strong inside.

In 2005, my grandpa got very sick. He was only in his sixties, and he was very happy and healthy before then. I was sad and scared when he was diagnosed with brain cancer. He died only five months later. I was very, very sad when he died, and I felt lonely. My grandpa would not have wanted this though.

In December of 2007, I decided that the best way to remember my grandpa during the holiday season would be by living my life like he did, by making a difference and being a leader. I decided to honor my grandfather’s memory by trying to make a difference every day for twenty five days. I wanted to be able to do little things, like kids my age typically do, instead of HUGE things that are sometimes hard for kids like me. I decided to write about my adventures here, and I also created a challenge.

I challenged everyone who read my blog to TRY to do something every single day during the holiday season to make a SMALL difference in his or her world. I explained that whoever made the “most difference” in December would win a $25.00 donation to the charity of his or her choice on Christmas night. I SAVED ALL OF MY ALLOWANCE ($25) FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER, AND I WAS REALLY SURPRISED AND EXCITED WHEN SEVERAL PEOPLE  GENEROUSLY OFFERED TO MATCH MY DONATION (OR MORE)!

Roger Carr

Mr. and Mrs. Fisher from Starpoint

Kristen and Carmen and Maddie Marchiole

Mrs. Genovese-Scullion and Billy

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach

Mrs. Nabozny

Dr. Sheila Cason

Laura Mayes

The Aroune Family

Dr. Alterio

Joanne from Western New York

Mark, Maggie, and Christopher Stockman

Kim Arthur

Christene Allen

and

Susan from Toddler Planet

RIGHT AFTER THIS FIRST CHALLENGE WAS OVER, I DECIDED TO TRY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE ALL YEAR ROUND!! I decided that I wanted to spend 2008 supporting smaller causes in my area that may not get as much attention or support as bigger ones do. I also wanted to pick causes that all of my readers could support as well, even if they lived very far away.

Now we’re coming to the end of 2008, and I am thinking about the year ahead. I have decided that I want my readers to visit and want to come back. In order to make my blog more interesting for everybody (including me), I will be changing the style of my  posts starting November 4, 2008! I love writing in all sorts of different and exciting ways, and I want to notice others who make a difference and pay attention to the small things in my life that are meaningful. I will be writing poems and sharing pictures about these things in my posts, and I want to encourage others to do the same thing on their own blogs or in the comments section of my blog! Sharon Creech’s books Love That Dog and Hate That Cat inspired me to do this. The speaker teaches us that good writing starts with things that are meaningful, even if those things seem small or unimportant. Making a difference starts this way too.

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113 Responses

  1. Laura,

    What a brilliant young lady you are — a shining example of what I call “inspiritry,” working for good in a way that inspires others to do the same! I will join you wholeheartedly and hope your network of peacemakers will grow into widening circles!Check out my blog, http://www.inspiritry.com/wordpress, to see the link to 25 Days!

  2. Laura Dear!
    This is the best way to show everyone how mature you are at such a young age. You are also a great influence on my grandson Andrew. I enjoyed working with both of you on the puzzles. I will get a small buffalo of mine to Andrew to give it to you as a prize
    Good Luck and Happy Holy days.
    Andrew’s Papa

  3. It’s a wonderful idea and I hope you will achieve many more things than your expectations. I’m adding you in my blogroll.
    Best wishes.

  4. Laura, this is a great idea. I wish you all the best for it. Have you thought about doing something on http://www.change.org?

  5. Laura,
    You are such a thoughtful person, caring and so very kind. I do hope that this will be an inspiration to others your age, and adults as well. I will add your blog to our family homepage in the hopes that others will follow in your footsteps. Thank you so much for the donation to Suneel’s Light. Suneel is a very special friend of mine and I thank you for your generosity. Your Grandpa would be very proud of you!
    Kristen

  6. Laura,
    I’m so happy to know that you are a part of this big world of ours. And I totally agree with your grandpa – the smallest act of kindness can indeed make the world a better place! Bravo to you! You go girl!

    Kimberly

  7. This is an amazing idea. I can’t wait to hear more about your good doings, and am inspired myself. I think I will do this for a “twelve days of Christmas” gift idea. For twelve days, I will try to do this too! I will be very close by and looking to see your accomplishments

  8. Thanks not only for creating the project, but for deciding to share it with the world via a blog. I’m sure you’ll reach more people than you’ll ever know!
    -jc

  9. Laura – this is such a great idea. I’m going to try to do this too and make it a tradition every year. Thanks!

  10. What a wonderful idea! I enjoyed reading about your first two days and your inspiration — your grandfather. Best of luck to you — I’ll check in on you and see how you’re doing, and my kids and I will try to do something each day too.

  11. Laura, I am so inspired by what you’re doing here and will share the idea with our kids. We’ll be following your progress and cheering you on every step of the way!!!!

  12. Laura,

    I knew you were an amazing girl and you keep proving it over and over. You are a wonderful person and I am so glad I have had the opportunity to know you since you were a tiny baby. Chris and Marcus send their love. I will be going over this with them and we will be working to do one nice thing each day just as you requested. Please take care and give your family all our love – all the way from Oklahoma. We sure do miss you guys!!!!!!

  13. Makes me think…thanks. Doubt I’ll make a ‘big’ difference (being totally broke and generally spending time chasing kids and such)…but little things, I can do. I’ll bookmark you and come back when I come up with something for today :)

  14. Hi there Laura. Thank you for stopping by my blog and letting me know of your wonderful project.

    I did a post in support of your project, and you can see it here…

    http://catherinemarie.wordpress.com/

    Best wishes.

  15. LAURA,

    WHAT A WONDERFUL ACT OF GIVING OF YOURSELF DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON. MANY PEOPLE TALK ABOUT DOING SOMETHING AND NEVER FOLLOW THROUGH. YOUR GRANDFATHER MUST BE LOOKIN DOWN ON YOU AND SMILING RIGHT NOW. HE MUST HAVE BEEN AN AMAZING MAN. I WAS TOLD ABOUT YOUR
    KINDNESS FROM KRISTEN. I AM ALSO A FRIEND TO SUNEEL AND APPRECIATE YOUR DONATION. EVERY LITTLE BIT IS IMPORTANT AND YOUR GIFT MEANS ALOT. YOUR STORY IS INSPIRING AND I WILL ALSO START A TRADITION WITH MY GRANDCHILDREN TO FOLLOW IN YOUR FOOTSTEPS.

    SINCERELY,
    MARIA

  16. Dear Laura,
    This project is one that affirms all the things I believe about the importance of doing what you can and it making a difference. You have inspired me to proceed with that one day at a time philosophy. Thanks and best wishes!

  17. Laura,

    I’m glad the spirit of Christmas is still alive today despite all of the “other” things that command our attention during this time of year. My mother always taught me that I could do anything I set my mind to. I believe that this sole piece of advice helped me to believe in myself unconditionally through high school and college, in my career, and in raising my three beautiful children. Best wishes.

  18. Laura,

    Uncle Mike and I continue to be extremely proud of you. Twenty Five Days to Make a Difference is just another example of your warmth and generosity. Keep up the good work. We’ll look forward to reading about your project during the month. Best wishes and hugs! Aunt J

  19. hi there–i got the skinny about this blog by reading a friend of mine’s blog. i am so inspired–it makes me remember how hopeful i was when i was 10. i’m now a grown up w/ a family and i hope my son will be as generous as you are when he’s 10! you have reminded me how very easy it is to make a difference–any one can do it–it doesn’t matter how old you are! i will join you! today i made a difference by lending an ear to my verrrrrry pregnant neighbor who is so miserable right now, eventhough i was in a hurry. i listened to her and encouraged her and tried to give her a little hope. and i think it worked!

  20. What a teriffic thing to do! I’m sure your grandfather is proud of you! I can’t wait to read about what you do! Every year I do something similar. This year I baked 29 lbs of Christmas Cookies and Candy and sent it to a unit of guys in the Army who are stationed overseas. :)

  21. Hi, Laura! I’ve heard your mom talk about you so much that I often felt I knew you and what a neat kid you are. But this website, the idea behind it, and the picture of your grandfather have shown me that my impression of you wasn’t even close! I am so touched at what you are doing, why you are doing it, and the effect you are having on others that I have tears streaming down my face! You truly are inspiring the young and old alike…it’s amazing! You are a shining example of what this time of year is all about…giving of yourself…and you are showing others the way. Way to go, kiddo!

  22. We or doing this as well but in our own little way. We are working on being a happy family, cooperating and helping each other out. We are using our Advent House and filling it with our good deeds. We ended up with so many matchbox cars and candy last year I wanted to do something different. Then we are going to read them on Christmas Day. What a neat idea we are sharing it on our Blogs as well. Thanks so much.

  23. I am excited to hitch on to this idea. Congratulations on creating such action! I don’t have a blog, but I will do my best to keep up! Best wishes.

  24. We always try to teach our little girl that being good to others is the better thing to do – be it kids, animals or any other creature for that matter. We will keep teaching her by example, the world is a much better place if you can help someone or make someone smile.
    You are doing a great job and it is fantastic that you set an example -lead the way – for others to follow. You go girl!

  25. Laura, you are truly a wonderful young lady and I am inspired by your adventures.

  26. Laura i was so sad when i read this i know how it feels like to have someone so close to you die. Because my grandma died of brain cancer and i was really close to her. the day she died i creid so much.

    love your bff
    Julie

  27. Lit-tle Laura…with a GIANT heart!!! One of Grandpa’s favorite quotes was “Do small things with great love.” This is just what he meant. Thank you!

  28. Laura, People are kept alive in our hearts forever by what they have said or done. Your Grandpa most have been a very special person. I am sure he is smiling down at you and gleaming with so much pride.
    Best wishes for you and your family this Christmas season and all your life.
    Your made me smile.

    Coleen

  29. normailen, Thanks for adding me to your blogroll.— Laura

  30. Thank you Kimberly! what you said is really kind!

  31. Laura,

    I had the good fortune of knowing your Grandpa and being able to work on a community project with him. We were designing/building a playground in memory of a little girl from our community who had been killed in an accident. I saw your Grandpa take great pains to make sure that this playground would be a beautiful, peaceful place for her family and friends to be able to come and honor her life.
    Your Grandpa lives on in you Laura. You have his gift of designing and building in order to help others. By using this technology you have designed a beautiful project for the sole reason of honoring Grandpa Al.
    Thank you for the wonderful reminder of how much nicer it is to give than to receive during this Holiday Season!

  32. Hi there Laura,

    I just wanted to say what a great idea this is and that I will be telling other people here in New Zealand about what you are doing. You have snowflakes on your blog design but here it is in the middle of the summer so if I was doing a blog like yours, I’d have pictures of the beach and sunshine. I am sure that there are plenty of good deeds that people in New Zealand can get involved with over the Xmas holidays. Let’s all pass it forward.

  33. I think that that’s really neat Ms. Vesper!

  34. Laura,

    What an incredible inspiration you are! I wrote about you today on my pediatric website. My family is honored to join you in your endeavor!

    Sheila Cason MD

    http://www.mommymd.org

  35. Laura,
    I found about about your blog and your project from another blog. You are incredible. I can’t wait to share your blog with my students. I will try and make a difference every day also. Thanks so much for the difference you are making!
    Patty J.

  36. Hello Miss Laura!

    I am honored to have found your site. You are an extraordinary young lady and your project is wonderful. I don’t know if you realize how many lives you are positively impacting around the world!

    Thank you for reminding me how easy it is to make a difference each and every day. : )

  37. Laura,

    This is a great idea! You are a very special girl and we were
    so pleased to read your blog. You are doing a kindness in the world
    and inspiring others to do so.

    Keep it up!

    Lisa (Aunt Joanie’s sister) and Michael

  38. Uncle John, Mecca, and I are so proud of you! We want you to know that we hope that we are making a difference by lending money through Kiva.org to Mrs. Bendette Wangui of Nigeria. Our loan has allowed her to buy a new cow to support her fresh dairy business and lift her family out of poverty. I hope that you continue to inspire me for a long time!

  39. Laura,
    What a great idea and inspiration. I’m getting a late start but I will try to make it to 25 by Christmas. Next year I’ll try to come up with a way to inspire my elementary computer classes. Thank you for your inspiration!

  40. Laura, How wonderful!! I have known your fathers family for many years. Your grandparents, uncles, Larry, Mark, Paul,Michael and Albert and aunts Barb,and Kate Youare a great inspiration for all of us! Your parents must be so proud of you! Keep up the good work, sweetie.
    God Bless you,
    Sue

  41. Hello Laura!

    You are an amazing young lady and inspiration to educators and other students! I found your blog through another blog; I cannot wait to share with this with my fellow librarians (and teachers) as well our students. I think your blog is a shining example of what students can do when limits are not imposed upon their creativity.

    As Galadriel said in Lord of the Rings, “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” Thank you for making a difference!

    Buffy Hamilton,
    Teacher-Librarian

    http://theunquietlibrary.wordpress.com

  42. Laura,
    After giving it some thought I have decided to get my students involved this week. I have put a blog on my school homepage asking families to share the ways they are making a difference. Then when I checked back and saw your questions tonight I added those to the blog as well. Hopefully we’ll get some answers! I added an RSS feed to the page.

    Happy Holidays,
    Nedra

  43. Hello there Laura –
    I think what you are doing is amazing – it really captures the essence of the season and what we should all be doing year-round for one another.
    I teach classes for future teachers at D’Youville College and will definitely be talking about your blog next semester!

    Best wishes for a peaceful holiday season,
    Pauline Schmidt

  44. Laura,

    This project is amazing. What a tribute to your grandpa and inspiration for us all!

    Marianne

  45. Laura
    this is a great thing your doing and doing it in a rememberence of someone else makes it even greater !!!!
    <33 marisssa

  46. i love that you are doing this

  47. this was a great idea to help people like this!!!i had an idea to !!!i was going to ask the class to collect toy they do not play with and me and my mom or dad will drop them of at an orphan home!!!mabey i can collect cans and bottles for my friends marissa’s dad !!

    Hannah (from school)

  48. You should be so proud of yourself. I hope you don’t mind if I add you to my blogroll. Just today I wrote a post about how we need our kids to start young doing community service. You are a role model for so many kids. Good for you!

  49. Sorry – not blogroll – I meant I will do a post about you….

  50. Laura,

    I just wanted to say that you ROCK!! I am SO PROUD of you and I am HONORED to have you as one of my students! :) If there’s any way I can help you just let me know, you know i’m always here for you. Keep up the good work! You’re the BEST!!!!

    Love always,
    Miss Steinhauser

  51. Laura, you are a terrific young lady. This is a very admirable endeavor. What a fantastic role model you are for all of us!

  52. Laura, My resolution for 2008 was to become inspired by people so I could inturn by a better person and hopefully inspire others. YOU are a true inspiration and I wish the world was full of more people like you. I have a site as well devoted to inspiring others to be more charitable. I am going to put a link to your site on mine , if that’s okay with you! Please let me know. I would love it if you could do the same for me. Keep up this very important work you are doing… it will not be for naught! We CAN make change happen! The details about my campaign for change program on located on the site on the sidebar on the righthand side!
    Many Blessings! Nicole

  53. Hi Laura,

    I wanted to say thank you to you and your Mom for coming to our Blanket Day today. It was very nice to meet you face to face and your Mom as well. Good luck with your site…I hope it turns out to be even more than you would ever have expected. It sounds like you had a great Grandpa…….and we can clearly see he has a wonderful granddaughter!! Keep up the good work and thanks for supporting Project Linus.

    Karen Weishaar

  54. Hi Laura,
    It was great to meet you and your Mom yesterday. You did an awesome job making the fleece blankets with your Mom.The grand total of blankets that were made for our annual blanket day was 214. A Project Linus label will be sewn onto each blanket and then they will be delivered to the children. Thanks for all your help and for choosing Project Linus as one of your February charities to support. Our website will be up soon so you will be able to see more pictures from blanket day.Enjoy your prize.
    Christine Lewandowski

  55. Dear Laura,
    I am so impressed! It is hard to lose someone that you love, no matter how old you are! To see you handle such a big loss by replacing with an even greater accomplishment is truly an inspiration. How proud your family (and especially your Grandpa) must be. Just wait…I’ll bet as you grow up… there is nothing you can’t do! You go girl!!!!

  56. Dear Laura,

    It was so nice meeting you today at Compass House. Your blog is great, and I have only begun to read through it! It will be so helpful if you can help us out by spreading the word about what we do, both to kids who might need our services and adults who might donate some of their time! You are a sweety with a big heart, and a really dedicated mom!

  57. My dear Laura,
    I am very happy to stumble upon your blog. You have a big heart and I am very proud of you.
    I myself try to make a difference in any way I can. I live in Singapore and collect books for the public school we adopted in the Philippines where most of the students are very poor. We have to be the change we want to see in the world. I will put a your badge in my blog. Take care and Keep up the great work you are doing!

  58. Laura,
    I just happend to come across your blog and I think what you are doing is absolutely wonderful. I wish you the best and I know that your efforts will make an impact on this world!!!

  59. Yo Laura,
    Your website is off the hook. We are in 5th grade, and we are committed to doing mitzvot [Hebrew for good deeds]. As Jews we are commanded to make the world a better place. Our blog is based on your blog. We would like you to link to our site and/or we want you to recommend our site, please.

    Thanks,
    Ari and Sarah

  60. [...] Laura over at Twenty Five Days to Make a Difference has taken her values viral and has inspired kids and adults alike to do something proactive every [...]

  61. hi laura

  62. I just read about your project in NeXt and I am really really impressed. It’s nice to see somebody your age getting involved and helping out in a tangible way. Keep up the great work! I’ll check back to this site!

  63. hey laura.
    i found out about your blog for a school assignment i had to do! i can’t believe how big your thing has gotten! nice job! your whole idea got me thinking about doing something like it, just more for animals! i’m really impressed! i’ll keep checking back. keep up the good work!

  64. Hi Laura.

    I am so sorry that you lost your grandfather. He sounds like such a wonderful person. I am sure he is just beaming with pride as he watches you carry on his legacy in such an honorable way. No doubt that ‘everyone’ that knows you is very proud of you.

    You are an inspiration. Best of luck now and always.

  65. [...] can continue reading the post to see who matched her donation and learn about her monthly donation contest to the charity of the [...]

  66. [...] can continue reading the post to see who matched her donation and learn about her monthly donation contest to the charity of the [...]

  67. [...] here to see how Laura’s grandpa gave her the lesson of giving, and how she’s continuing to [...]

  68. hi laura, this is maddy smale i am apart of 7c and my teacher is mrs.luca. i think what you are doing is very insperational and you should be bery proud of yourself :) :) our skype conversation didnt really go as plannned did it :)

  69. Laura,
    I’m a presbyterian campus minister at a 22,000 student university in the state of Georgia. Recently trying to find some incredible examples of people who exhibit a quality I call “outrageous generosity” I stumbled across your blog.

    For a rising 6th grader – you are quite an incredible young girl. I hope you don’t mind me using you as an example – or perhaps even inviting you to speak at a conference next January.

    Email me or call me to let me know what you think – and be sure to have MOM & DAD approve anything first!

    Grace and peace,

    Dan Boles
    Presbyterian Campus Minister
    CELTIC CROSS PCM
    Kennesaw State University
    (404) 384 – 7756
    dboles2 [--at--] kennesaw [--dot--] edu

  70. Wow…and a child shall lead them. Awesome thing that you are doing. I hope others follow your example and become rays of hope instead of hate.

  71. Just wanted to leave a comment on your blog to let you know that I think this is a fabulous idea, site, etc.. You are an inspiration to both young and old.

    I’d love to interview you for my Make a Difference Monday blog post. Let me know if you would be interested.

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  73. Hi Laura, My name is Kerrigan. I’m 9 years old. My mom showed me your website. I am going to show this site to my teacher and I hope that she will let our class help in your next activity. I think you are a very nice person and I think your grandpa is very very proud of all of the things you do to help other people. You make me want to help other people too. I wish I could meet you in person. you now have a new follower.

  74. Laura,
    I’m so inspired that such a young lady that in this day and age actually gets it. You are making such a huge difference with the little things. That is what I’m trying to do in NC is to teach people that you do not have to give big to make a big difference….you just need to start giving.

    I’m pullling for you! You are going to do GREAT things!

  75. Hi, Laura — I’m writing a magazine for the Girl Scouts and I plan to include a brief story about your blog, telling girls how one person’s actions can spread good around the world. Could you possibly send me a photo that we can use to accompany the story? Is there any particular advice you’d like to give other girls about what they can do to change the world? I’d love to include a quote from you in the story. Thank you.

    And thank you, too, for being such an inspirational person. — Marge Kennedy

  76. [...] read Laura’s About page on her blog. Then, come back here and comment on the following [...]

  77. I think this is a very good idea for kids mine and your age. Im really enjoying this 25 days to make a difference.I been saveing up my money to and im going to on christmas day give the homeless shelter my donation.This 25 days to make a difference is really helping me and my family i told my parents and brothers/step sisters aabout this and they have been doing the same thing.Thank you for makeing a blog for us kids to look at and talk to you! =]

  78. That was very insipiring. I think that a girl your age can do so much for the world

  79. You are a very driven person and I’m inspired by everything you do.

  80. I’m glad you made this blogand that your making such a difference in the world one person at a time. You deserve every minute of attention you receive.

  81. That was so amazing about what you did at depew, i love your blog and i am so inspired by it that I would love to make my own blog just like yours. I would love to help charites and give my old clothes and donate money too but the best place i would like to help would be the spca because i LOVE animals and i would do almost anything for them. Thanks for reading this and responding to my last comment.

  82. hi laura my name is danielle. I was REALLY impressed by what you did in mrs van etten’s classroom today! thanks sooooo much for coming in, i really enjoyed your presentation during seventh period. i think thew place i would like to help out the most would be the spca because i really love animals……..i’d volunteer there any day……i really am inspired by your blog, and you’ve inspired me to do small things to make a difference.

    -danielle

  83. I am so sorry to here about your Grandpa. He sounds like a great man! I am 12 years old and am going to start making a difference in my life. My plan is to take a first small step and write about what happened to me each day. Maybe I can later post them onto a personal blog.

  84. im soo happy and you really inspired me to do good things too. I have been doing good deeds to many people almost everyday since you came to our school

  85. Sorry to hear about your grandpa :( but he must of been a very good man

    -Orangesoda2000!

  86. it’s so cool that you would think about helping other people after you lost your grandpa…..it’s really creative….

  87. [...] charity of our Grandma Stockman’s. Our Grandma Stockman passed away one month after my Grandpa Stockman did, which was a big shock for all of us. We plan to spend a lot of the next year doing our service [...]

  88. Dear Laura,

    I am sure you get emails like this all the time. I read about your work recently and was intrigued and captivated by your drive and vision as a young person making a difference. I have the pleasure of working with young people through my work at Special Olympics, as the Director of Project UNIFY, a national effort to activate youth and develop school communities where all young people are agents of change – fostering respect, dignity and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities. We are conducting a Global Youth Activation Summit with 140 youth participants from around the world in conjunction with our upcoming 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Idaho in February, and I would very much like to have you involved as a guest speaker if you are available and interested. I beleive you would be very moivation o our participants, and help them to realize that young people can make a big difference in the world.

    We would welcome any other family member you might like to bring as well.

    We would be happy if you could participate in any or all of the activities surrounding the Global Youth Summit and during the World Games in Boise, Sun Valley and McCall, Idaho from 7 – 13 February 2009. Please consider this a formal invitation, but I would be happy to discuss any additional details with you or answer any questions you might have by email, or over the phone. I understand you may have school obligations, so we could work around your schedule if you are only available for a portion of the Games timeframe.

    I can provide soem addiional information, if there is a place other than your website where I can communicate with you. We have additional information on the events and services available if you are able to join us. We also have a more detailed description of the Global Youth Activation Summit. We would cover your airfare and hotel accomodations (and one addiional person) while you are in Idaho because we are asking you to participate as a speaker.

    Thank you for your inspiration and validation of our firm belief that young people have the power to change the world today. We truly hope that you will join us in Idaho.

    Sincerely,
    Andrea

    Andrea Cahn
    Director, Project UNIFY
    National Youth Activation Demonstration Program
    Special Olympics North America
    513 East Luray Avenue
    Alexandria, VA 22301-1605
    USA
    Tel: 703-836-6382
    Fax: 703-836-6397
    e-mail: acahn@specialolympics.org
    Be a fan of respect and dignity. Make the pledge. http://www.r-word.org

  89. Hi Laura,

    I am back again to tell you about a good deed done by your little cousin Brian. This weekend he decided on his own to decorate Christmas pictures for the folks in the nursing home near our house on Delaware Avenue. We spent Saturday afternoon making trees, stockings, candy canes and snowmen with construction paper, glue and glitter, then he dressed up in his Santa costume (he loves to play dress up – Fireman, Buzz Lightyear, Mr. Incredible, Santa, etc) and we walked to the nursing home to deliver them to the patients. It really was remarkable how such a small act of kindness lit the faces of the residents.

    As you can see, your good deeds are infectious, and your blog is a reminder to people take the time to stop and do something good, no matter how big or small.

    Merry Christmas!

  90. Laura, you are an amazing young lady! I just wanted to let you know that your blog/project would be a focus discussion during an administrative meeting in my school district this Thursday. Thank you for taking the time to help us remember what the holiday season is all about and the benefits of technology to reach out to so many!

  91. Totally awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  92. This blog is relly cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You’re A M A Z I N G !!!!!!!

  93. It makes a big difference to think about and help other people rather than yourself. You’re awesome! From,
    Amy at Depew Middle School

  94. Laura –
    I just read about you, your service, your presentation that you gave, and your blog in Edutopia magazine (Dec 2008/Jan 2009). The issue is about the power of collaboration and how your blog is the very essence of when you put something in motion, it can stay in motion.

    I want to congratulate you for being such a powerful and recognized force of youth. At your age, you have just begun and I intend to keep an eye on you and watch what else you do.

    Because of you, today, I have signed up our entire family to do volunteer work at The Samaritan House in San Mateo, CA. We will be providing hot meals to people who can not leave their homes and blankets and clothes to the homeless. Not only that, but we have set a goal to wipe out all of the technological items on their wish list.

    I would like to thank you for opening our eyes and motivating us to make a difference now – not later.

    If you are still having contests where the money goes to the winners charity of choice, I would like to offer my $25 towards the winner of that contest that makes the most difference. I challenge everyone that comments on this blog to do the same! Perhaps you could do a ‘Christmas in July’ contest?!

    From Len, Nick, Ashley, and Megan
    Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!

  95. Hi Mr. Ramirez!
    Thank you for visiting and for sharing your plan. It makes me feel very good when people share stories like this. Right now I’m not doing a contest, but I’m honored that you want to do this. Maybe you could donate it to The Samaritian House and after your family has volunteered, you could do a guest post on my blog telling your story to inspire others. Just let me know!

  96. Hi Laura!
    Great job on all of your efforts! I will be showing your website to my HOWL (Helping Others While Learning) 7th grade students. This is a service learning class for advanced academic students. I’m sure they’ll be impressed! You can see what we’ve been doing at
    http://www.wphillips.com. Keep up the great work…and thanks for inspiring us! :)

  97. Dear Laura,

    What you are doing has certainly inspired the teachers and students in my school who are all absolutely amazed at what a small seed can grow to become. Thank you for planting that seed for us and wishing you all the best in your endeavours.

    With love and thanks from Singapore

  98. Laura,

    I just wanted you to know that I plan on introducing my nine-year-old son, Elijah, to the electronic global world this summer, and hope he will be interested in starting up a personal blog that is focused on his deep compassion for children in poverty all over the world. I will be showing him your blog as an inspirational example of his power to create good in the world. Thank you for your years of effort.

    Sincerely,

    Karah Janssen (Mount Prospect, IL)

  99. this is kina nice :)

  100. i like what youve done this is a great way to inspire kids all around the world

  101. Laura, congratulations on th success of your blog.

    I have been blogging about inspiring young people for the last six months, and I am amazed at how much GOOD is being done in this world by optimistic young people like you.

    Thank you.

  102. [...] Days to Make a Difference: (Laura Stockman) http://twentyfivedays.wordpress.com/about/ is the first blog I visited today. This is amazing and it is what we should be encouraging our [...]

  103. [...] kids are finding ways to do a little bit more too. Consider 25 Days to Make a Difference where Laura started something big by pledging to do something every day in December while saving [...]

  104. great! blessings of exponential growth and new ideas to you!

  105. Laura are you still doing this???

    I hope you can update your blog soon!

  106. I’m thinking about restarting my blog, I really miss connecting with everyone and learning about the charities I can help with that I wouldn’t be aware of with out my blog.
    I’m really happy that I’m still getting views, and that you guys are still interested in what I’m doing. It really means a lot to me.

  107. Laura,
    I understand how you want to make a difference, and I think that’s awesome!! I know how you feel, I am only 13 and I am ready to do something big. I’ve always wanted to say something to at least one person so that I could make a difference on their life. I believe in you!
    Never stop,
    Laura M.

  108. [...] 25 Days to Make a Difference — When she was in the fourth grade, Laura Stockman lost her grandfather to brain cancer. To honor him, she decided to do simple things to change her world for 25 straight days and to write about her efforts on her blog. When her story got out, Laura’s plan spread into a 16-month project that inspired people around the world — including other children like her — to get involved in social change. [...]

  109. [...] 25 Days to Make a Difference Blog – When Laura Stockman lost her grandpa to brain cancer as a fourth grader, she decided to honor him by trying to make a difference every day for 25 days She then record the efforts on her blog, and challenged her readers to do the same She has since been surprised and thrilled by the generosity of others. [...]

  110. Me and my class actually looked at your blog! insperational!!!! :)

  111. [...] story starts with a serendipitous visit to 10-year old Laura Stockman’s blog entitled “25 Days to Make a Difference”. Through a blog post, I shared Laura’s passionate quest “to make the world a little [...]

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