Moved by an ad for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, eight-year-old Zach Morgan wanted to help. An avid sports fan and baseball cap collector, the Louisiana native decided to hand out hats to those who need them most: kids who lose their hair during chemotherapy treatment for cancer.
Zach partnered with a children's hospital in the Baton Rouge area on a hat drive, handing the caps out at a pizza party. Now, two years later, that initiative has blossomed into Zach's Lidz for Kidz, a full-fledged non-profit charity. The focus of the organization is still providing caps for kids who need them — it's distributed 2,800 hats so far — but Lidz for Kidz now does much more than the name suggests.
One of Zach's major focuses is events. He's hosted hat and toy drives for kids and donated money, through grants, to support summer camp for seriously ill children and camp for the siblings of kids with cancer. Other functions have included Kicks for Kids, in which an adult kickball league hosted a toy drive, and Hoops for Hunger, a food drive centered around a youth basketball tournament.
If you want to partner with Zach to host a hat or toy drive visit zachslidzforkidz.wix.com/zl4k.
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