Hello! My name is Sophie Kartzman. It is 2018 and I am now 14 years old.

I wanted to start this website and blog as…

A place for kids to be able to have a conversation about volunteering in their communities, their worlds, and to help others

A place where all kids can find ideas where they can volunteer, too

A place kids can talk to other kids to share our ideas

You are never too young to help someone else.

  • Great turn out for the Corning Youth Center Robotics Camp
  • Robotics Camp at the Corning Youth Center: 2017
  • My Prudential Spirit of Community Award; 2017
  • Center Street Elementary shows their volunteering spirit for Veterans' Day
  • Horseheads Students from the Printmaking class made some beautiiful cards
  • Cards made by preschoolers at the Brighton Academy in Texas
  • Cards off to Fort Drum w/ HHDS graduate Sgt. Warrick
  • Many thanks to the entire Krolak family for the help with my volunteer project
  • Horseheads Students Nichole and Susan Participate for 2 years with their own card goal
  • 2016 Delivery of the Cards at the Bath VA.
  • Students at the Horseheads Make A Difference Day make cards for our troops
  • With my mentors LeAnne DeRosa of WENY and Dick Walters of the Bath VA at the Corning Youth Center
  • Polk St. Elementary in Long Island made 150 cards organized by Assemblywoman Solages for a 2nd yr.
  • Volunteers Hard at Work boxing up the 37,712 cards for the 2016 delivery at the UPS
  • Cards from Ridge Road Elementary for the 2016 Card Drive
  • With my mentor Brandon Hodge of the AirForce and Sue Pirozzolo of the HHDS at the BFCC Card event
  • A sample of the 1000 cards the WW11 Vet Cas Krolak sent to our troops last year.
  • With my mentors Leanne of WENY, Dick Walters of the Bath VA, and WW11 Vet Cas Krolak
  • Brandon Hodge of the US Airforce helps to deliver cards at the Bath VA
  • Some of my favorite cards from the 2015 card drive
  • Final total for 2015: 27,085 cards. Thank you everyone.
  • Thanks for the help from Let Elmira Live
  • We made the 15,000 card goal at the Corning Youth Center
  • Helping WENY interview Veterans at the Bath VA
  • 2015 Kick off at the Horseheads Middle School
  • Help us reach our goal.......15,000 cards for 2015
  • You are never too young to volunteer
  • Sophie and Anna in 2013 @ the Red Cross with their first Holiday Card Drive. 100 cards were collect
  • Sophie's First Article Photo
  • Holiday Card Final Countdown
  • Real Heroes Kick-Off at Intermediate School
  • Make A Difference Day Cards
  • Sophie with Hendy Ave. School Principal
  • WWII Hat at Bethany Nursing Home
  • Sophie with Santa at Bath VA
  • Sophie with the Red Cross at the Bath VA
  • Sophie at the Bath VA
  • Sophie at the Bath VA
  • Sophie receiving cards from Woodland Middle School in Long Island
  • Sophie with Linda Conway and Colleen Kean of the Red Cross
  • Sophie with US Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher Donahue
  • Members of the Army National Guard presented Sophie with a plaque to thank her for her cards

Total collected and delivered for 2016 was 37,712 cards and over the past    4 years 77,897 cards  !!!

Thank you to our Collection Sites:  Corning Chiropractic Associates,  Horseheads School District Office South Wing, The Star-Gazette,  The Big Flats Community Center,  Jubilee Foods,  Save A Lot, The Corning UPS Store and the Bethany Nursing Home (Courtyard).

Many thanks to our sponsors  WENY-TV,  The Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes and the Corning UPS Store.

Most important I wanted to thank my community and country for helping with this project.

While this will be my last year heading the card drive, I am very excited that making cards and honoring our soldiers/veterans will be continued by the students of our community and country.

Finally, I would like to thank Casimir Krolak and the entire Krolak family.   Thank you, Cas, for teaching me to dream and dream BIG.  While my volunteer project was a card drive, yours can be anything you dream.   I just want to encourage all kids to keep dreaming, volunteering and making a difference in our world.  Keep sending me your stories so we can all be proud of you.

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