My name is Skylar Beavers and I am currently a senior at Kent State University. I've always had a passion for mentoring and building relationships with the youth. I'm always trying to find new ways to give back and connect with the communities close to me. This is where my long term mission begins.
“Everyone deserves their flowers while they’re here”
Although it is not your typical quote, it’s a saying that I strive for in life and I challenge others to do the same. For those unfamiliar with the saying, I believe it to mean we, as a human society, are meant to love and give praise to those we care about while we’re physically here—especially within the deep connections we form in this lifetime. Telling your best friend how proud you are of them for all of the hard work they’ve put in, acknowledging how grateful you are for that coworker that helped you out on a big project, or something as simple as thanking your parents for the person they’ve shaped you to be, are all examples of ways to give people their flowers.
Forming this organization was a prelude to my greater potential.
Make a Kid Merry allows me to show love and appreciation for the kids that come to our events each year. I’ve witnessed the influence we have as an organization and I plan to continue to expand that influence for the rest of my life. So, whether it be a stranger on the street or someone near and dear to you, never forget to give people their flowers. Everyone deserves some.
My name is Jordynn Jenkins and I am a junior at Georgetown University. I am a big sister to six (yes six!) brothers and sisters, from whom I have gained qualities of leadership and a passion for working with young kids. I understand how important it is to make an impact on kids during their early years when you can help set a strong moral foundation for them. I hope to use Make a Kid Merry to give back by uplifting youth all across our city using what we all love the most: the Christmas season.
"Frankly, there isn't anyone you couldn't learn to love once you've heard their story." -Mr. Rogers
I love this quote so much because I think oftentimes it becomes too easy for us to think that we are helping by just throwing money or a few service hours at an issue. While these things can provide temporary help, the most effective way to create change is by becoming close with the marginalized and trying to truly understand the people in which you are serving. Too often we serve from a distance, and because of that we find ourselves not listening to the stories of those around us.