Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Toastworthy Teens - Monica Bustinza

Monica Bustinza, Meals From the Heart

The children of one Miami pre-k class no longer worry about going hungry on the weekends, thanks to teen Monica Bustinza. This high school student feels that “there are so many people out there that need help, not just in the global society, but in our community. And when you realize those things, it makes you want to make a difference.” 

And make a difference she has; every weekend, her Meals From the Heart organization puts together a bag of food for the families of all 18 children in her adopted preschool class. Even more impressive is that while Monica works to build relationships with local businesses and grocery stores, for now she personally earns and collects the money to make the weekly purchases, as well as sending the students home with turkeys for Thanksgiving and gifts for Christmas. 

Seeing what she’s already been able to accomplish on her own, I’d say not even the sky’s the limit for Monica once she secures that corporate support.

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  1. Wow, that is really great. So many times, young people only think about themselves. It's nice to see that's not always the case.

  2. Love your blog and I’m passing my Versatile Blogger Award on to you. You can find more details on my website at kidscandoit.com/blog/
    Congratulations and don’t forget to pass the award on to 15 more versatile bloggers!

  3. @ Cindy - I have so many more dozens of stories like this that I can easily fill the next year of posts! There some terrific teens out there doing great things. :)
    @ Sandra - Good to *see* you. :) I am too overwhelmed at the moment to handle blog awards, but I do visit your blog regularly. Kids CAN do it!