Kind acts can inspire kind acts. Monique Lowe, Random Acts Donor Appreciation Coordinator, found herself inspired by a young boy going above and beyond to bring joy to others. This encouraged her to donate to the Family Justice Center in Georgetown, South Carolina.
Family Justice Center
The Family Justice Center is a non-profit organization that provides shelter and aid to victims of family violence. They work together with community partners and local agencies to provide a safe environment to those they help. They also offer counseling, support groups, community education programs, and many other valuable services.
Camden’s Kindness Challenge
Monique learned about the Family Justice Center from a news article that she found by chance. It was all about Camden’s Kindness Challenge — a donation drive started by local 11-year-old Camden Bender. Monique reached out to Camden’s mom, Heidi, to get the story on how the challenge began. “Family Justice Center hits close to home for us because we are domestic violence survivors,” Heidi explained. She and her three sons, Mason, Karter, and Camden, persevered through many hardships and were able to build a new life. This last year came with its own difficulties due to COVID and Heidi’s family decided they would have a low-key Christmas. Camden came up with the idea to give up Christmas in their home to provide others with kindness. “He’s the type of kid to always look out for others, to always want to help someone,” Heidi said. “He wants to provide a little bit of happiness to these moms and their children because we know the feeling of having nothing. It’s our turn to give back.”
Feeling properly inspired, Monique made a pick-up order with her local big-box store for a variety of family necessities, including hand sanitizer, boxes of diapers, snacks, and more. With her car packed up, she headed over to the Family Justice Center to meet with Camden and Heidi. There, they all met with JoAnn from the center. “I told JoAnn that if it wasn’t [sic] for Camden’s Kindness Challenge, I never would have known about FJC [Family Justice Center],” Monique said. “It was a really good feeling to be helping families in need. I also made some connections that will stay with me indefinitely.”
If you would like to learn more about the Family Justice Center, please visit their website. Our Random Acts Regional Representatives would love to help you find similar opportunities in your community. As always, thank you for supporting our mission to spread kindness and compassion!