Greyfriars high school freshman, Jeremiah West, will be taking part in leading 20+ foster kids and their parents to Disney as a Christmas gift. This annual trip is an opportunity for foster families to enjoy an all-expenses-paid visit to Disney (flights, hotel, food, park passes, entertainment, etc.) through the nonprofit organization, Champions of Change. Jeremiah and his brother, Joshua, established Champions of Change in 2013 as young social entrepreneurs with a mission to empower people of all ages to serve as “Change Agents” who look for opportunities to make a lasting impact within their communities.
The tagline for Champions of Change is “Little Deeds, Huge Impact.” So what does that impact look like? In the past 12 months, in addition to the 2018 Disney trip, Champions of Change has accomplished the following:• Delivered over 5,000 lbs. of food to needy families for Thanksgiving• Hosted the 5th Annual Homeless Christmas Party (providing hoodies, hats, gloves, socks, haircuts and hot meals to over 250 homeless people)• Conducted the 3rd “Loads of Love” event in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Charlotte (gifting the community with 200 FREE loads of laundry by providing detergent, bleach, fabric softener and dryer sheets to all who entered the laundromat, helping to load and fold laundry–and they provided lunch!)• Assembled 600 “Birthday in a Bag” kits to celebrate foster children’s birthdays.
In prior years, the West children’s philanthropic efforts have included collecting and sending 67,000 lbs of fresh water to Michigan to aid in the Flint Water Crisis, as well as traveling to Kenya to help build a school and distribute book bags, books, games, toys and diapers to refugee children. The West children have been featured on the Ellen Degeneres Show, Harry Connick Jr. Show and Good Morning America, and they were even invited to the White House to be recognized by the President. Their younger sister, Jordan, joined their mission to help others and is having an impact on the world in her own “little” way. Check out the story on ABC News here.