To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we’re showing love to a few of our past winners whose service initiatives should be added to Cupid’s quiver.
Justin Bedi – 2013 Champion Winner
Open Heart Magic
Growing up in a family of physicians, Justin Bedi has always been acutely aware of the emotional and physical hardships faced by families who were not blessed with good health. Since college, Justin has donated his time and energy to organizations working to ease the pain and suffering of children afflicted by cancer and other diseases. Through Open Heart Magic, an organization using magic to provide hospitalized children a fun break and escape from the stress of their illnesses, Justin serves others with health challenges. This is especially important to Justin and has enabled him to work with these children one-on-one and help alleviate their suffering through magic.
Payton & Reagan – 2018 LEAD360 Winners
Buckets of Love
These two Delaware based sisters decided to spread the love one bucket at a time. Their LEAD360 winning service project, Buckets of Love was created to give encouragement and support to kids who are going through tough times. The buckets are packed with age-appropriate toys for kids’ ages 2-12 years old. In 2018, after winning the Jefferson Awards Foundation LEAD360 Challenge, Payton and Reagan were able to partner with Multiplying Good (formerly The Jefferson Awards Foundation) to packed 6,500 buckets for kids across the country.
Joshua Williams – 2014 LEAD360 Winner
Joshua’s Heart Foundation
In 2014, 13-year-old Joshua Williams received a Jefferson Award in recognition of his nonprofit, Joshua’s Heart Foundation. His nonprofit, which he founded at the age of four, is dedicated to the fight against global hunger and poverty. When we celebrated Joshua’s impact, he donated 600,000 pounds of food donated, has served 120,000 meals, raised over $350,000 and has taught countless low-income families how to prepare a healthy meal.