It started with an idea Laura Dulac had after her children were told they were too young to volunteer.
"We tried to come up with an idea because their friends loved raising money with them. That kids ages 5-15 who aren't necessarily old enough to volunteer could still make a difference in their communities," said Dulac.
That idea became "Our Children Making Change," an organization that gets kids excited about volunteer work by letting them choose what charities they raise money for.
"I care about what I care about, but this is all about being children centered. We usually have 20 kids stand up and speak about their charities. And even if you charity isn't picked, we all got to learn about it," said Dulac.
Once the nearly 200 participants voted on which six charities their money would go to, it was time to get to work.
"I did chores, lemonade stand, talent show," said Georgia, one of the children who did whatever they could to reach their goal of raising $100 each."I like to look at all the money, like in my box and try to do all my chores and stuff. It felt really good."
When all was said and done, they'd raised $20,076.00 and representatives got to meet the child who nominated them and thanked the group for their hard work.
"I want you to understand that it's because of events like this that helps our zoo and helps all the projects," said Cape May Freeholder Marie Hayes, accepting for the Cape May County Zoo.
"Thank you very much for all your efforts," said Susan Kinsell, Special Olympics of South Jersey.
In addition to the thanks of these local charities, the kids were each rewarded with passes to Gillian's Wonderland Pier and vouchers for pizza and frozen yogurt.
All their hard work resulting in a well-deserved day at the beach.
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