At the beginning of 2017 NYMetroParents, the parenting division of Davler Media Group, announced its first-ever “Caring Kids Awards.” According to the publication,”the honor was established to celebrate children and families who have made extraordinary contributions to their communities via a wide range of volunteer and community service efforts.” And a young Bed-Stuy resident was honored! Her name is Taelynn-Marie Porter, age nine, and she was selected from over 100 submissions for volunteer and community service projects undertaken by kids in NYC, Rockland and Westchester counties and Long Island. She has won a framed certificate, a $500 award and editorial coverage in the magazine. Here’s what she has been up to in Bed-Stuy:
Nine-year-old Taelynn-Marie has been volunteering with her family’s nonprofit foundation GOTI since she was six. Her mother founded GOTI three years ago, and Taelynn-Marie has been a vital part of its success and impact on her Brooklyn community ever since. Each year, the young girl and her family feed families at the Albemarle Family Shelter Thanksgiving Dinner, and also provide Christmas gifts and breakfast to all 200 children there. Taelynn-Marie has served food, wrapped gifts, decorated trees and donated time and service to the homeless families year after year without complaint. She even traveled with her family to Haiti on a mission trip to paint houses and plant trees when she was seven. Taelynn-Marie has served others without expecting anything in return and finds joy in doing so. She is shaping up to be a true servant leader.
Michael Kress, editor of NYMetroParents, called all seven winners “extraordinary role models, ones who demonstrate the true value and rewards of giving back to others.”