MILLBURN, NJ - More than 100 Millburn elementary and middle schoolers came together to sell homemade food and children's items to raise thousands for Save the Children.  It began with Etasha Donthi, now a sixth-grader, who started an origami art charity called Hope and Joy For Children (HJC) with the goal of raising money for suffering children around the globe. Her friend, Rene Zhang helped her at the first event. Soon several friends started joining them. 

Disney-Youth Service America awarded Etasha Donthi a $500 grant to organize a fundraiser. Disney Summer of Service projects harness the creativity and commitment of young people to use their skills, interests, and talents to meet the needs of others. When youth find their voice and take action together, they can make a lasting, positive change in the world. The HJC team was able to inspire more than 100 children from Millburn township to set up booths and sell their own origami art, poetry, jewelry, baked goods, toys, used books, healthy food, drinks and games at Bauer center on March 25th.  For detailed information regarding the participating kids and their booths, please check the website http://23donthie.wixsi te.com/ hopejoychildren

Over 350 people attended the event, raising more than $3,500 for Save the Children, a non-profit, international aid organization that supports impoverished children, refugees, and orphans. Encouraged by the success of this event, the HJC team hopes their charity will help many suffering children who deserve better.  They are very close to their goal of raising $5,000. The Hope and Joy for Children team would like to acknowledge the South Asian Council of Social Services, a NY-based non-profit, for helping them process the check from Youth Service America, and for helping them make the event a success. Kudos to all the amazing, compassionate and talented kids who participated at the event. 

Youth Service America (YSA) helps young people find their voice, take action, and make an impact on vital community issues.