I have a little something new for you and it’s something I want to do on a monthly basis going forward because I feel as though it’s important to shed some light on the little shining stars in our communities. It could be a combination of everything going on in this world, and me being a mom but lately, when I see a ‘little one’ doing something good, I tear up and my heart starts to swell and I think “My god, I hope I raise my little Leo to be a leader like this!”… I am SO proud of all the kids out there who are doing SO much good. Those who are growing their hair for cancer, opting out of birthday gifts for charity donations instead, those trying to live a plant-based lifestyle, even kids who are making us laugh or helping out a friend in need. My heart literally wants to burst (I’m crying writing this right now) for these kids and want them to know THAT WE ARE SEEING WHAT THEY ARE DOING and we LOVE THEM! Kudos to the moms, dads and support system these kids have in order to live with such compassion and empathy! The point of this monthly feature is to spotlight these special little leaders and help them with their efforts and hope to encourage other kids, youth, and families to follow suit!
So without further adieu, here is THIS months, “LITTLE LEADER”, CARTER PUSKA!!
Carter is a kick-ass hockey player and he has also proved himself to be quite a kick-ass little human as well. Two and a half years ago Carter decided he wanted to grow his hair out in order to raise money and donate his hair to make wigs for children suffering from cancer. Cue the tears here … I hope you have some tissue handy!!
Throughout these past couple of years, Carter was teased because of his hair not only by friends and family but by complete strangers as well. Bugging him about the length of his hair and mistaking him for a girl. It breaks my heart to know he was being teased all while trying to do an amazing thing for others in need but I’m SO HAPPY Carter is such a strong little guy because even with all of the teasing that happened on the daily, Carter just ignored it and carried on with his mission. ATTA BOY!!
And thanks to Carter’s strong will and HUGE heart, he recently cut off his 14″ ponytail (on his 10th birthday!!) and raised more than $5,000 for Wigs for Kids (a partnership of the BC Children’s Hospital) … how FREAKIN amazing is he?!?! It’s little ones like Carter that make this world a better place.
While Carter has already cut his hair, there’s STILL an opportunity to donate in support of this amazing Little Leader! Take a look at the donation page here to show your support!!
Thanks so much for reading, everyone!! I hope you loved this Little Leaders story JUST as much as I did!!
Ps. Do you know of a Little Leader in your community who is making a difference?? If so, make sure to send us their story at firstname.lastname@example.org and they could be featured next month!!