One of the greatest life lessons we can give our children is teaching them to give – without reason and without expectation of receiving something in return. Giving teaches empathy, awareness and appreciation.

An annual event that honors youth who give their time or resources is now accepting nominations for its upcoming awards presentations. is an organization founded by East Lansing resident Bob Hoffman with the idea and kindness is contagious. Hoffman suggests that an act of kindness can go a long way in creating the change we want to see in the world.

“If you want to feel good, try doing something kind for someone else. It literally makes you smile,” Hoffman said. “No matter who you are, where you come from, what your economic status is, we all have the power to pass kindness forward.”

Hoffman’s Y-YIF™awards honor youth who use their time, talents, and treasures to benefit and enhance the lives of others.

No act of kindness is too small. “There was a boy who raised money to buy donuts for his neighborhood police department,” Hoffman explained. “Whether a child has spent his winter shoveling driveways for the elderly, held a clothing drive or other fundraising project, or offers free tutoring – we want to hear about them.”

From the list of nominees, finalists are chosen by a board representing and the public can vote online for a winner via The winner receives a donation to their charitable organization or cause and a donation to their school to be used for an act of kindness.

“You never know what others are going through, Hoffman said. “So often we live in our own head, our own thoughts. If you can make someone else feel good, you start to feel better too. It’s powerful.

For more information or to nominate a youth visit


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