When you begin to doubt if one person can make a difference, we want you to think about Juliet from West Deptford, NJ. Not only is Juliet one person, she is a 7 year old little girl! When she isn’t enjoying gymnastics, field hockey and her little sister, she is helping advocate for children in her county. Everyone and anyone is capable of making a difference and I hope this story inspires you.
I walked into their house, where I was greeted with a mountain of donations and a bubbly Juliet jumping up and down, so excited to show me all the gifts she was ready to give to children in need. I reminded her just how special she was because not many kids would give up their birthday and she shrugged her shoulders and said, “I already have tons of toys.” Definitely a proud moment for her parents, they are doing an amazing job. She told me one of her friends donated their birthday to help animals and she wanted to do the same, but help foster kids. Oh the power of inspiration.
Her Uncle Carl Fratz has been a dedicated Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem County since 2013 and gave her the idea to donate her birthday to CASA’s duffel bag project. When children enter foster care they are given a trash bag to carry all their belongings and with the duffel bag project we are able to provide a form of proper luggage, comfort items and hygiene products to each CASA child we serve. Juliet gathered over 30 pjs, 12 blankets, several shopping bags of hygiene products and more from her friends and family. We hope that Juliet’s compassion and wish to help others excites you to do the same.
Thank you Juliet, you’re a CASA Community Superhero!!
Also, check out 6 tips on how to raise a more compassionate kid.