She is a hero and so very huggable. Janis White, 10, Mishawaka, is one of 80 young social entrepreneurs who have been recognized for helping their communities. She creates challenges, organizes food and clothing drives, makes cards, collects books and makes infant caps. This all makes her a Huggable Hero semifinalist.
The Build-A-Bear Workshop launched the Huggable Hero program in 2004 to recognize young people who are involved in the community. These young leaders are ages 8 to 18 and they dig in, see a cause and do something to help.
Janis is the daughter of Tim and Shawnna White. Her grandmother, Marcia Stewart, of Elkhart, is a major cheerleader of her granddaughter’s activism.
Marcia said her granddaughter showed a lot of compassion at an early age. She has recruited 200 people to do one act of kindness every week for 52 weeks. “It can be shoveling a walk or opening a door,” Marcia said. “She had 50 bags donated by a company and she is trying to fill them with food for children at school. She got 50 but she wants to do 500 bags. She loves to make cards for veterans and people in nursing homes.”
To date she has collected $2,100, more than a 1,000 pounds of food and 43,000 other items for donations, Marcia said. “We encourage her and are very proud of her.”
New Carlisle resident George Oudhuis still remains a loyal fan of the Green Bay Packers. He was not selected to the team’s Fan Hall of Fame. Another fan, a 90-year-old Sheboygan, Wis., resident got the nod. The Sheboygan man has been a season ticket holder since the 1950s and he is a WWII vet. There is always next year, George.
Third time is the charm and we’ll get this right yet. Author Georgia Candoli has her roots in Mishawaka but now lives in California. She said her book has been placed in the local author collection of the Family History Department of the St. Joseph County Public Library.
She also said the evaluation committee approved “The Cat in the Window” book for the Orange County library branches. The San Clemente (Orange County) library has two copies of her book, “The Cat in the Window and Other Stories” and “Charlie, Big Jay and Little Bird.” We said San Clemente didn’t have the books and it does.