After a difficult year, Boeckman Creek Primary School third-grader Lincoln Bonfiglio wants to spread a little bit of hope.
A couple weeks back, Lincoln approached his mom and asked if he could record something on his phone. In a video, he shared a drawing of a hand holding a seed that has a sprout growing from it. He said the drawing is meant to share the message that all you need is a small ounce of hope to make it through the hard times.
"I had a hard year last year and I feel like some people don't really know that there is still hope in the world," Lincoln said.
His mother uploaded the video on social media after positive feedback from family and friends. A friend then suggested that they create stickers out of his drawing, and that's when Lincoln came up with the idea to create stickers and sell them for $3 — with all proceeds going toward Ukrainian children.
"I bet it is really hard for them right now and I hope the money will go to food, safety and shelter for the children. I want kids in Ukraine to come out (of the war) feeling safe," Lincoln said.
So far, Lincoln has sold hundreds of his stickers and raised over $1,500. The money will go to UNICEF (the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund), one of the primary organizations delivering aid to Ukrainian children and their families who are fleeing their homes due to the Russian invasion.
According to United Nations estimates, more than 4 million Ukrainians have been forced to seek refuge in neighboring nations amid the invasion. Children make up half of this population.
Lincoln said he was surprised to have sold so many stickers, and it makes him feel "good and happy" to help others in their time of need.
"Lincoln has a huge heart and he wants to do good in the world," said Lincoln's mom, Raina Bonfiglio. "We have sold far more than we ever intended and it's been amazing. I am so proud of him for being able to just do good, even if it's a small bit at a time."
Lincoln continues to sell stickers for the fundraiser, and more information can be found at option720.wixsite.com/hope.
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