Last year Brooke Berkowitz (9 yrs old at the time) chose to use the $400 she won from our Kids FMU Gives Back Project to do random acts of kindness throughout the community. She completed a lot of RAK’s! Below are some of her snapshots with captions of her kindness.

The Kids FMU Gives Back Project is a contest we launch every year during Thanksgiving. We open the contest to three hundred FMU kid members to submit an idea about what they would do with $400 to give back. Last year, thanks to the generosity of some of our other members, we were able to award four individuals with $400 each.

Brook chose to use her funds for multiple Random Acts of Kindness, some planned, some not. If she was at the store or restaurant with her family, she would intentionally look for opportunities to surprise a stranger with a RAK. I think we were all surprised to see how much she could spread this money around.

Here’s what’s really cool about Brooke’s story though. Even after using her last few dollars from her $400 earnings, she continues to feel the desire to keep giving back. Not only did her generosity hopefully touch the hearts of those she impacted and inspire them to pay it forward also, but she’s still leading her heart to keep thinking about ways to give back, no matter how big or small. And that’s the transformation and contagiousness that we really love to see.

This contest brings awareness to our kids to think about others. And like I always say, they want to do it. We, as adults, just have to give them the opportunity to do it.

This year, we decided that we’re going to follow Brooke’s lead. The child who receives the $400 will also be challenged to use it the same way Brooke did; to spread it out and give back to many people, in multiple ways.

Next week, kids will be able to enter our drawing for a chance to take on the RAK challenge. The winner(s) of the $400 will be announced on Thanksgiving morning at our Adult Turkey Burn Workout. Proceeds from our Adult Turkey Burn are what make our Kids FMU Gives Back Project possible.

It takes a lot of courage to do something nice for complete strangers. We’re proud of Brooke for being so thoughtful and determined and for setting a solid example for all of us to follow. Check out some of her RAK’s below!

It’s not about us. But it starts with us.

God bless,

Coach Theo