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In the land of clickbait, there are tons of great Texas stories with flashy headlines.

They capture our attention and often take a great deal of our time.

"If it bleeds it leads" as the saying goes! Sigh.

Then there are incredible stories often of triumph and success that don't necessarily get the attention and the " I've got to share this story" viral trending they deserve.

Just like story of Times Kid of Year in 2022, Orion Jean.

He is a young Texas kid out in the world trying to truly make a difference.

This is his story.


Orion Jean was just ten years old when he felt in his heart that he needed to do something, anything to help others during the pandemic.

Orion decided to take action by creating, " A Race to Kindness"

Within a few months, Orion was able to help raise enough funds and support to provide over 100,000 meals for families beginning in his hometown of Mansfield, Texas.


That was just the beginning.

Thanks to an intuitive teacher who suggested Orion enter a speech contest, which he won, Orion made the decision to use his reward money for the good of the community.

"I wanted to do something bigger. I wanted to reach more people," Orion offers in a candid interview with humanitarian, Angelina Jolie.


But, he didn't stop there.

Just a year later, Orion then raised enough funds to collect and distribute over 500,000 books to children who might not otherwise have a chance to read.

Orion's Race to Kindness website offers that 67% of children living in poverty have nothing to read. 

Teacher reading out to students in the library

It's not flashy, it's not click bait, but it's a statistic we should be consider. Maybe even follow in Orion's footsteps and do something to help make a difference.


Orion offers, "If you see a problem, fix it.”

Thank you to Time Magazine for their Youtube Video.

If you want more information on Race to Kindness to see how you can be a part of the Race to Kindness initiative, click here.

Congratulations to Orion Jean, Time's incredibly deserving Kid Of The Year for 2022.

We can't wait to cover Times Kid of Year for 2023.

You better believe we will be sharing that story too!

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