Kernels of Kindness™
Celebrating those who bring joy, happiness and kindness to their communities.

Thank you to everyone who nominated an individual or organization for Kernels of Kindness! We received 6,620 nominations, and it’s inspiring to see all the good popping up nationwide. After careful review, 100 winners were selected based on their unique and significant contributions to their communities.

Each winner will receive a JOLLY TIME prize pack and $1,000 to help continue the work they’re doing. Once a week for 10 weeks, 10 new grant recipients will be profiled here until all 100 are revealed.

Congratulations, winners and nominees! It’s an honor to celebrate your continued accomplishments.

The First 10 Kernels of Kindness Winners 

Robin Davis
Robin Davis

Mother of autistic son quits job & creates summer camp and after school program for kids with autism.

 
Robin gave up her job to help her autistic son, and many others, be accepted for who they are through an organization called Richmond Autism Integratoin Network (RAIN). She has since developed an after school program for autistic children and a summer camp for the all kids, called Free2BMe.
Tamye Haugen-Walsh
Tamye Haugen-Walsh
Tamye Haugen-Walsh brings community together and helps hundreds with a Facebook page.
 
Tamye Haugen created a Facebook page intended to allow people to express their feelings and connect those that need help with those that want to help. In less than a year, hundreds of people have helped or been helped in many ways, including Christmas gifts for 300 area children, school supplies and clothes for needy children, prom dresses for 100 girls and many more.
Linn Krafjack
Linn Krafjack

Wisconsin woman devotes her life to making and sending care packages to deployed soldiers.

 
When she learned that many service members sometimes wait up to three months to receive basic care items, Linn Krafjack of southern Wisconsin decided to do something about it. She devoted her life to thanking our military by creating Operation Ooh-Rah to provide 40-pound care packages to deployed U.S. troops.
Demagio Mansell
Demagio Mansell

Florida college student gives his own time & money to donate backpacks of school supplies to needy children.

 
To motivate today's youth to stay in school and strive for success, Demagio Mansell, student at Florida Atlantic University began the "Back Pack Program as a freshman in 2011 to provide back packs full of school suplies for less fortunate children in the West Palm Beach area. Thus far, with his own money and items he has collected, Demagio has given hundreds of backpacks to deserving children.
Michael McCowen
Michael McCowen

Brennan's Buddies visits families of newly diagnosed pediatric cancer patients. 

Brennan's Buddies is a lifeline for many families of newly diagnosed pediatric patients. Volunteers of this non-profit visit families in hospitals when they are in need of support, company and hope as their child is fighting cancer. 
Kimberly Patton
Kimberly Patton

Heal with a Horse gives children with life-threatening illnesses a safe haven with horses. 

 
Kimberly Patton created Heal with a Horse two years ago in hopes of helping children with life-threatening illnesses a chance to learn how to ride and take care of horses. This equine therapy program has helped many kids not only improve their mental and physical health, but also improve their self-esteem, social skills and overall happiness.
Kelly Stack
Kelly Stack

These professionally trained dogs are vital in improving independence, self-esteem and quality of life.

 
Canine Angels Service Team gives assistance dogs to kids and young adults with physical and developmental disabilities to help promote independence and a higher quality of life.
 
 
Gary Weitzen
Gary Weitzen

Gary has brought joy to thousands of families of kids with autism by providing free activities.

 
For more than ten years, Gary Weitzen from New Jersey has made it possible for thousands of children to enjoy bowling, surfing, horseback riding, swimming, gymnastics and more through an organization called Parents of Autistic Children (POAC). During these activities, families can bond and children with autism can learn social and communication skills that most people are born with.
Mindy Williams
Mindy Williams

Grandmother of autistic boy raises money to build a sensory room at school.

 
When her grandson was diagnosed with autism, Mindy Willams decided to do what she could to support families that have with kids with autism. From starting a Facebook support group to fundraising for a sensory room at school, Mindy has been a strong advocate for the autism community in Centralia, IL.
Kendra Witt-Doyle
Kendra Witt-Doyle

Idaho woman uses empty land from Blue Cross of Idaho to create a "giving garden". 

 
Kendra Witt-Doyle started the Giving Garden after convincing her employer to allow her to grow organic produce for area food banks and food pantries on the company's unused land. After the first year, nearly 50 volunteers tended the community Giving Garden and cultivated more than 1,000 pounds of produce for people in need. Now in its second year, the program is thriving with even more volunteers, including people who have been recipients of donated food.