Nonprofit Throws Birthday Parties For Kids In Poverty
Mandi Simon does more than the average 5th grader. Her heart for giving to children in poverty inspired her to start the nonprofit "Simon Says Give" when she was just 7 years old.
Simon Says Give has thrown over 500 birthday parties for children ages 5 to 12 who live in poverty since 2011.
“I think it is really important for every kid to have one day, or at least a few hours, when it’s all about them and the celebration of their birthday,” Simon said. “It’s important for kids to go to a different environment and be able to have fun with their friends– and know that someone outside of their family cares about them.”
However, Simon, now 11, makes sure that she always puts her school work first and said that she has to finish her homework before working on her nonprofit.
“I plan meetings around my school schedule and just try to balance everything and have a team of people that help me do things while I am in school,” Simon said. “We have been asked to speak at a Rotary Club next week and I need to be at school that morning, so two of our team-members are going to attend for me.”
Simon Says Give is Currently seeking more corporate sponsors to help them reach their goal, which is to impact 2 million kids by the year 2022