Kids honored for community contributions at Children's Museum 'Power of Children' awards

Honorees receive grants to continue philanthropies

INDIANAPOLIS - The Children's Museum presented the Power of Children awards Friday night to young people who are doing big things to make a difference.

"I feel like it's my responsibility to help others," said high school student Tim Balz, who started Freedom Chairs of Indiana.

Balz uses donations to buy old wheelchairs, refurbish them and give them to those who could use one.

"It feels incredible... whenever you give the chair away, I mean everyone's always got a smile on their face because they know they're going to have the freedom to be independent and not have to rely on someone else for every daily action it seems like. So, just a smile makes it all worth it."

Grace Li, 17, founded the We Care Act -- helping young victims of natural disasters.

"I don't feel right to just be sitting at home watching TV, enjoying all the luxuries of life essentially, while there are people out there with no electricity, no power, no running water," Li said.

Eighth-grader Nicholas Clifford started the Employment Barrier Buster Project, which helps military veterans find jobs.

"It's so rewarding to see like some of them after being homeless or not knowing where their next meal is coming from, now being supervisors or high up in their companies," Clifford said.

Each award recipient received a $2,000 grant to continue their extraordinary work and a college scholarship.

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