Amelia Meyer’s Take Care of the World Day

Prepare to be inspired.  Prepare to be in awe.  Prepare to have your heart lifted and your eyes moistened 🙂

Amelias wish

Eight year old Amelia Meyer, who was granted a wish by The Make-a-Wish Foundation because she suffers from brain cancer, wished that she could clean up all the litter in her local park.

She chose to clean her local Swope Park in Kansas City, Missouri because she wanted it to look nicer for her friends and neighbors. “Another reason is because [litter] can stay dirty and it can get animals sick,” she added.

Fortunately, Make-A-Wish didn’t just hand Amelia a trash bag and wish her well on her endeavors. Instead, the foundation organized hundreds of people to participate in the cleanup, with everyone from local business employees, the Kansas City Fire and Police departments and schoolchildren getting in on the action. Amelia said she was surprised at just how many people showed up to help.

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Sly James, the mayor of Kansas City, attended the event at Swope Park to congratulate Amelia on being selfless and an all-around “really neat kid.” He then proclaimed February 27 “Amelia Meyer’s Take Care of the World Day” throughout the city.

Amelia’s story didn’t just motivate people in her own community, but people in other parts of the state and even the world. As word of her wish spread on social media, other people organized cleanups in their own areas, tagging photographs of their efforts with #AmeliasWish.

Though Amelia’s wish is unconventional, it seemed to bring her no less joy than another child’s trip to Disneyland might. Throughout the day, she ran around collecting trash with a big smile on her face. Jill Meyer, Amelia’s mother, said that the night before the cleanup, Amelia expressed she was “so excited” for the litter patrol. When Jill asked her why, she responded, “Because I get to pick up trash!”

It’s hard not to feel inspired by Amelia’s caring attitude. She clearly hasn’t let her age or life-threatening illness stop her from doing her part to make the world a better place. May her selfless wish serve as an inspiration to people who come from more fortunate circumstances.

Meanwhile, my wish is that Amelia overcome her battle with cancer because we absolutely need more people like her in this world.”

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/this-amazing-girls-make-a-wish-dream-was-to-clean-up-litter.html#ixzz41rivfDYj

20 thoughts on “Amelia Meyer’s Take Care of the World Day

  1. Pingback: Amelia Meyer’s Take Care of the World Day – clearancerose

  2. Gorgeous person/story (:
    I had a similar, had to share this with someone, moment, recently, when I read this: http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/78223879/Girl-5-pulls-drowning-mum-from-swimming-pool
    It’s not about animals or cleaning up parks, but it is about mind-blowingly impressive little girls who simply astonish with their actions, actions most adults would find hard to emulate. Five year old Allison is my current hero crush (:

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  3. What a lovely thing to do. I really hope that she overcomes her cancer because we really do need more like her in our sad world today. Also well done to the Council people and the emergency services and all who supported her. One person can make a difference.

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