Danielle Rizzo wasn’t happy with the fact that there were little to no volunteer opportunities for children under 12. As a mom of four young children, she wanted to instill values of helping others into her children.

“It’s one thing to talk to them about volunteering, and it’s another thing for them to be hands-on experiencing the volunteering and seeing where it goes and the impact that it has,” she said.

So, in partnership with Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership (SHIP) of Frederick County, she created Kids Kindness Event, a volunteering experience for children of all ages to participate in. Children who attended the Saturday event worked to decorate and fill bags with essential items.

Later, the bags would be distributed to students experiencing homelessness. Read more