From the boy who gave up his Bar Mitzvah gifts for a burn victim to a 5-year-old who paid for police officers' lunches with his own allowance, 2016 was full of touching and inspiring stories of kids doing a lot of good.
Between simple chores and monumental acts of kindness, InsideEdition.com takes a look back at the selfless acts by various youths this year.
A 9-year-old girl in California wanted to help the homeless in Los Angeles, so she took it upon herself to craft care packages for those living in squalor. With the help of her mother and grandma, little Khloe bought soap, washcloths, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand sanitizer, lotion and feminine hygiene products, and delivered them to the homeless on Skid Row.
Fundraising was a big way the children helped others in their community in 2016.
In October, a little boy who has a heart bursting with empathy raised more than $4,000 and a carload of gifts for another little boy whose family lost most of their belongings to the devastating floods in Louisiana. In August, a 5-year-old New Jersey boy used his own allowance to treat his local police force to lunch.
In the spring, a 9-year-old in Missouri opened a lemonade stand to help foster parents pay his adoption fees so he can stay with them forever. The boy only needed $5,000 for the fees and ended up with more than $7,000 to stay with his new parents in the place he now calls home.
In the blistering summer heat, two young men in Alabama went around their community and mowed the lawns of single mothers and the elderly who needed landscaping services — all free of charge.
Some children will want gifts for their birthday but there were some who wanted their toys and treats given away to those needed them most.
A young boy who celebrated his Bar Mitzvah in March donated the gifts he received to a burn victim he knew in a local hospital. In August, a North Carolina 10-year-old didn’t want presents for his birthday. Instead, he asked for shoes to give to needy kids in his community.
Also in 2016, a Virginia 7-year-old donated her birthday money to help a “critically ill” baby born premature.
The random acts of kindness resonated as life-changing acts, even from the great beyond.
One 14-year-old decided she wanted to be an organ donor before passing away in an accident. But the tragedy saved the life of a 13-year-old North Carolina boy in desperate need of a heart transplant.