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Kids Give Back

BY October 1, 2022
Sutton Shanahan established Kidz 4 a Cause
Ten-year-old Sutton Shanahan established Kidz 4 a Cause (Photo by Kelly Jones)

Motivated by her love for reading, Natasha Agarwal started BelieveNBooks in 2021 when she was 14 years old. Studies show that reading scores are often proportionate to the number of books a kid can access, so she started the Fort Myers-based nonprofit to donate books to children in need. Since April, Natasha has donated almost 30,000 books to organizations, such as the Guadalupe Center, the Golisano Children’s Hospital and the Shelter for Abused Women & Children.

Ten-year-old Sutton Shanahan established Kidz 4 a Cause in February to encourage kids to help other children by donating any small amount they can from their allowances or neighborhood fundraising efforts and volunteering. In the same month, Kidz 4 a Cause raised $15,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

A Naples-based trio of brothers, 13-year-old Andrew, 11-year-old Marc and 7-year-old Nico Sanchez, started Brothers Unleashed. They sell handmade dog leashes and donate a portion of the profits to animal groups, like Humane Society Naples and the Lee County K-9 Unit.

Father-son duo Vikram and Ethan Chhabra use their Estero-based nonprofit, One Flower Project, to sell and donate seed kits, with an easy-to-grow blend of sunflowers and wildflowers, which attract crucial pollinators, like bees and butterflies.

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