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Each year, the Live Smart Foundation partners with earlytorise.com to provide toys for economically disadvantaged children over the holidays. This year, The Live Smart Foundation contributed a total of $25,372.51 in hand-picked toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots programs in Colorado, South Carolina, Virginia, and Ohio. The Toys for Tots mission is to unite the community through a common cause by spreading joy to future generations of hopeful, responsible, and productive citizens.
I Heart Hungry Kids was launched in 2011 by 11 year old Jackson Silverman and his brothers. Jackson’s vision is to change the world by fighting against childhood hunger. He was inspired when he learned at a young age that over 16,000 kids go hungry every weekend in Charleston County alone. His goal is for no child to go hungry by expanding his kid-only run organization, I Heart Hungry Kids. The Live Smart Foundation partnered with I Heart Hungry Kids to grow their organization, aiming to ultimately feed countless children across the country by mobilizing resources, and volunteerism, and marketing potential beyond the Charleston County.
Individuals and outside organizations, such as the Live Smart Foundation, have partnered with Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources to construct The Sassafras All Children’s Playground. This playground was built to enable children of all abilities to play together in a safe and unique environment. Playground features include wheelchair accessible elevated decking, adjustable basketball hoops, and 50-foot zip lines. In addition to donating towards the park’s completion, the entire Beyond Diet Team got their hands dirty when they volunteered in Raleigh for an all-day landscaping effort before the official grand opening. Together, we planted over 800 plants and contributed towards an active lifestyle for all children.
The Live Smart Foundation provided an Observation Honey Bee hive for 2 schools in the U.S. and a custom STEAM curriculum guide for all 170 BeeCause schools - connecting tens of thousands of youth and adults to the natural world. These installations allow schools, businesses, and communities to directly participate in the secret life of bees. We believe this connection with nature is essential to the learning process, as it provides a hands-on engaging tool for teaching STEAM lessons while empowering students to become stewards of the environment now and in the future.
The Best Friends Animal Society is a non-profit animal shelter dedicated to saving the lives of homeless pets. With 4 main locations in Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York City, and Salt Lake City, they have become the largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, dedicated to caring, rehabilitating, and finding forever homes for dogs, cats, and other rescue animals. The Live Smart Foundation's donation will go to their program initiative dedicated to causes including ending puppy mills, ending dog fighting, spaying and neutering education, promoting adoption over buying, and most importantly, feeding and housing the shelter animals.
The mission of Camp Corral is to transform the lives of children of wounded, disabled, and fallen military heroes by providing a unique summer camp experience. The vision behind Camp Corral is one where kids, ages 8 to 15, are free to be kids, far away from the day-to-day challenges they face as children of military service members and veterans. This gift from the Live Smart Foundation will fund a full week of overnight camp for nine children during the 2017 camping season!
The Necker Artificial Reef will be created from the sinking and grafting of coral onto a WWII Navy Ship from Pearl Harbor, the Kodiak Queen. The artificial reef will help impact the local fishing situation, add to local education on the destruction of coral reefs, and save the reefs that are getting destroyed daily by humans and the overpopulation of lionfish. The Live Smart Foundation funded the grafting of coral and application of electrical current to expedite the corals’ growth process on the Kodiak Queen in the British Virgin Islands.
For the second year in a row, The Live Smart Foundation sponsored a team in the Stratton Foundation’s annual 24 Hours of Stratton. The team of 5 skied a total of 89.47 miles to raise funds that will provide educational, health and nutritional assistance for underprivileged children in Vermont through the Stratton Foundation.
Play360 is a nonprofit that trains organizations to build low-cost or free learning resources throughout the developing world to improve education. Play360 utilizes local materials, local labor and local tools to create learning resources that are both large and small scale. To date, Play360 has have trained over 20 organizations who have built 65 playgrounds, affecting the lives of over 12,000 students in ten countries around the globe. The Live Smart Foundation funded the construction of one playground to be built in the summer of 2017.
The Live Smart Foundation hopes to give the gift of joy to children in need every holiday season. This year, the Live Smart Foundation went holiday shopping across the United States, and donated hundreds of hand-chosen toys to underprivileged families.