Newly-formed charity teaches children to give back

Newly-formed charity teaches children to give back

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The children helped decorate a Christmas Tree for Children's Hospital and the Fantasy of Trees recently at a West Knoxville hotel. The children helped decorate a Christmas Tree for Children's Hospital and the Fantasy of Trees recently at a West Knoxville hotel.
"These kids care and that's important to us and that they understand that there's a bigger picture and world out there and that they're lucky to have a wonderful community," said founder Amber White. "These kids care and that's important to us and that they understand that there's a bigger picture and world out there and that they're lucky to have a wonderful community," said founder Amber White.
Amber said their main goal is to have fun and hopefully learn a lesson. Amber said their main goal is to have fun and hopefully learn a lesson.

By GENE PATTERSON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Children often model their behavior by what they see and hear around them.

For Amber White that triggered an idea and from that idea sprang A Spark of Kindness.

Children helped decorate a Christmas Tree for Children's Hospital and the Fantasy of Trees recently at a West Knoxville hotel.

It's just one of many "kindness projects" organized by a newly-formed group called A Spark of Kindness.

"A Spark of Kindness is a group that was started to teach children about the importance of giving back. We do kindness projects once a month that involve giving back to communities in ways that children as young as three can participate in." said Amber White.

In the past three months, A Spark of Kindness has decorated rooms at the Ronald McDonald House, helped clean up a park and worked with service dogs.

The group is made up of women like Amber who have a passion for children and community.

"They're mostly stay-at-home moms or part-time workers who have a passion to give back and make a difference in their community," she said.

As for the children, some belong to staff members, others find their way to the projects through social media.

However they arrive, Amber said their main goal is to have fun and hopefully learn a lesson.

"We want them to see that it doesn't take a lot of, it's not always about giving money or charity work. It's about being kind," she said. "These kids care and that's important to us and that they understand that there's a bigger picture and world out there and that they're lucky to have a wonderful community."

To the folks at Spark of Kindness, we say thank you for showing us the Spirit of East Tennessee.  

If you'd like to learn more about A Spark of Kindness, go to their website.


If you know someone who you believe is an example of the Spirit of East Tennessee, e-mail me at gpatterson@wate.com.

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