Mother, daughter receive $1,200 Helping Hand for trying to color the world with kindness

Published: Jun. 14, 2019 at 8:42 AM CDT
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Teaching our kids to be selfless and kind can be a challenge. What one mom and daughter are doing with their Color the World Project, not only does that, but it also impacts thousands of kids across the country.

We met Jacquelyn Hunter and her daughter Sydney at Sedgwick County Park on a windy day to talk about their Color the World Project.

"It actually started because my son was in the hospital and we got a pair of socks from Wyatt the Warrior Foundation, and I was like, 'What a really good idea,'" said Hunter. "So we started making the cards, the handmade cards."

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is what started this mother-daughter duo to touch the lives of thousands of kids across the country.

Jacquelyn says every year on her kids' birthdays, she has them perform random acts of kindness equal to their age.

These are acts for strangers meant to brighten their day, but these homemade cards takes their efforts to be kind to a whole new level.

"We started by ourselves, and then we actually started going to schools in October," said Hunter.

"I think we have seven schools involved right?" said Hunter "Maybe," Sydney replied. "So it's really awesome to see it blossom," said Hunter.

With the help of other kids in classrooms and schools, they've made more than 5,200 cards in three years.

Their cards are simple, yet powerful. If you look close, you can see a band aid on most. Fitting since these cards are meant to comfort kids in the hospital.

"You know life is busy, so taking five minutes out of your day to spend time with your kids, you don't regret that," said Hunter.

They then spend money out of their own pockets and ship them to hospitals in all 50 states.

Eyewitness News and DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers then surprised them with a $1,200 Helping Hand so they could keep this mission going.

Hunter had tears in her eyes when she found out about the gift. They were still pretty excited when they met with Dustin DeVaughn, who called Sydney one of the most amazing fourth graders you'll ever meet.

"Thank you for what you've done and we're excited to give you this Helping Hand grant," said DeVaughn.

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