When Sydney Novecosky turned seven, she did something few other kids her age would consider. She told her friends she didn’t want any birthday presents.
Instead, she asked them for money to donate to Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids.
“I didn’t really need any presents,” says Sydney, now 10. “It felt really good to feed the kids.”
That one selfless gesture raised $400 to provide lunches for hungry kids. But Sydney’s giving spirit goes beyond donating. She began volunteering with BB4CK that same year, following the example set by her family, including her brother Ethan, now 13.
“My parents thought it would be cool for kids to help other kids. It feels really good to help out, and it’s actually fun to help other people,” Sydney says.
Despite having a busy life without a lot of free time, the Master’s Academy & College student still finds ways to help, including a recent project that raised another $280 for BB4CK. She’s aware that many of the hungry kids she helps are her own age, and she’s touched by knowing her efforts are helping them do better in school and giving them more energy to just be kids.
“It feels good to know that the lunches go directly to them. I love to see the smiles on their faces, and I feel so happy for them. They can learn so much better — and have so much more fun at recess.”
As for the future, “I want to volunteer more, and I hope that we can expand the number of kids who get fed. It’s hard for the kids who don’t have enough.”
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