- Ten-year-old Orion Jean from Texas hopes to share his love for reading to other children who can’t afford books.
- So, he has made it his mission to redistribute 500,000 books!
- He said that he wanted to spread kindness and a love for literacy to those in need.
A 10-year-old boy has made it his mission to share his love for reading with hundreds of thousands of kids. He hopes that he could redistribute 500,000 books to kids who couldn’t afford them!
Orion Jean from Texas hopes that he could reach his goal by the end of the month.
Orion told CBS News, “I want to be able to share my love of literacy with as many people as possible.”
Orion’s campaign of compassion was even recognized in a student kindness contest in 2020.
He said, “Kindness is a virtue we can all possess. If we are willing to. So why not start today. Because right now, it’s what we need more than ever.”
Orion told CBS News that his victory at the contest inspired him to do “something so much bigger… The race to kindness was born.”
He used his $500 prize to donate toys to a Dallas Children’s hospital. He then partnered with a relief group for a food drive that collected and distributed 100,000 meals for Texas families.
His current focus is to redistribute books to kids who may not have access to them.
Orion said, “It’s all about my moral duty to help people. You know, it’s my responsibility to be able to see these people who need help and knowing that I have the resources to help them.”
Orion’s mom, Kherri, shared that her son, who is yet to start the sixth grade, still has some kid in him despite his deep thoughts. She joked, “We still have to remind him to take the dishes out of the dishwasher and to feed the dog!”
Orion has collected over 120,000 books so far, so he’s still asking people across the country to give away their used books.
“I hope that the impact that I have had is enough to keep people continuing to race to kindness and continuing to join me in this marathon because it’s not a sprint. It’s not a one-time thing, it’s not a three-time thing. It’s something that can hopefully be continued on for years and years to come,” Orion said.
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