Teens show they are 'Kids That Care'

June 2006 Volunteers in Action

Kids That Care is made up of (from left) Kirstie McColgan, treasurer; 
Mariah McColgan, president; Gianna McColgan, co-president; and Mary
Castano, secretary.

A previously scheduled vacation prevented Mariah, Kirstie and Gianna McColgan from participating in a local fund-raising walk for cancer. But the three girls didn’t let that dampen their desire to help others.

Instead Mariah, 14, Kirstie, 13, and Gianna, 11, and friend Mary Castano decided to create their own fund-raising group–Kids That Care–and find someone in their community who could benefit from their fund-raising efforts. They found Marisa Smith, a patient at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

After donating the money to Marisa, Mariah then donated the funds to St. Jude. “And ever since, we have been raising money and donating it to St. Jude,” said Mariah, who, along with Kirstie, serves as the presidents of Kids That Care. To do that, the girls sell hot dogs at school functions, and they sell jewelry, including key chains and dream catchers they make themselves at their mother’s beauty salon. They also have put canisters in some stores where patrons can drop their change. So far, Kids That Care is approaching $2,000 in money raised.

“It feels good to say that we actually helped and did something,” Kirstie said, who also serves as the treasurer.

Gianna agreed with her sister’s assessment. “The most fun part was seeing how joyful everyone was, seeing them happy for what we have done for them.”

“I am very proud of them for doing this,” said their mom, Barbara. “I was brought up to help others and it has caught on with them too.”


June 2006