By: Krystle Crossman
When they were 8 & 6 years old Jeremiah and Joshua West showed the world that they were caring, kind, and amazing young boys. They are published authors. They are philanthropists. They are motivating kids all over the country to help those that need it the most. These two young men from Greece, NY showed us what it means to give back and truly be a helpful person.
Jeremiah and Joshua knew that they wanted to help people in need but they also knew that they wanted to inspire other kids to do the same. They wrote children’s books in a series called “Champions of Change”. The books are all about learning how to save money, how to earn money, and how to give back to those in need. The cover depicts the West brothers helping a homeless man by giving him food. They have even come up with initiatives to help other kids become interested in volunteering for different events throughout the year. Below is a list of just a few of the events that they held last year:
– Two Christmas parties for the homeless where they gave gifts and meals to over 200 people
– “Feed a Family” Thanksgiving event where they collected and donated 1,300 pounds of food to 42 families that didn’t have much on the holiday.
– “Birthday in a Bag” event for 20 children who were in foster care and didn’t get the chance to celebrate their birthday most of the time.
– “Kids Fun Run” event where they raised over $3,000 for a child who was only six years old and dealing with cancer.
During these events the boys have been able to inspire over 200 other children to help them volunteer at the events and hopefully they will inspire them to create their own events. They are now known as “change agents” for their work. They stated in an interview that they wanted to write a book because their parents were writing one and so they felt like they wanted to write one. Both boys are well-spoken and very polite. Their infectious behaviors have spread throughout New York and hopefully will continue to spread throughout the country.