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Holiday Hope

December 4th, 2012

James opening his dream LEGO set. Photo credit: screen grab from onsitestudios.com YouTube video.

The holiday season has a way of bringing out news stories that make us feel good … and want to do good. HTE is featuring three stories today about kids, their wonderful spirit, and the grown-ups they inspire.

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First, we’re sharing the story of a young boy, James, an 11-year old in Massachusetts with Asperger’s syndrome (an autism spectrum disorder). James saved his money for two years to buy the Emerald Night Train LEGO set … only to find out they didn’t make it anymore by the time he had enough money!

James wrote a letter to LEGO about his disappointment … and got a pretty amazing response. LEGO employees were so moved by his determination, and his love of LEGO, that they found a spare set and sent it to him for his birthday. He’s so excited when he realizes what’s in the package!

Then there’s the story of Kelvin, a 16-year old from the African nation of Sierra Leone. He’s a gifted inventor who makes generators, radios, and other electronics from items he finds in the trash. He was recently invited to spend three weeks at one of the top schools in the U.S. (M.I.T. — Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston) to receive some mentoring. And he has high hopes for using his talents to make his community and country better.

And, finally, the story of One Simple Wish , an organization that grants simple wishes to foster children — children who don’t live with their parents and don’t always have a permanent home. There are over a quarter of a million children entering foster care each year, according to One Simple Wish.

This is a story that reminds us of how fortunate so many of us are … and how little acts of kindness can make a big difference. (Apologies in advance for the 30-second commercial that is embedded in the NBC News video).

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