Are you as amazing as a third grader?
Two years ago, six-year-old Ben Hinkle sees our “Support the Troops” edition of Jolt Gum in a store and decides he wants to raise money to send the gum to soldiers overseas for Christmas. On his own, he raises enough money to buy three hundred packs of Jolt Gum for the soldiers. We matched him 1 for 1, so because of Ben’s efforts alone, 600 packs of Jolt Gum were sent to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan in time for the holidays.
Ben says “I only wanted to help soldiers stay awake and smile, and maybe meet a pen pal! Well, I made TONS of pen pals & have even met some of those soldiers!”
The kindness, generosity, warmth, maturity and patriotism of this kid is astonishing. This past summer Ben decided he wanted to go to the war memorials in DC with his mom and grandparents (his grandfather is a vet) to salute the soldiers who fought and died for our country. The impact this one kid has had on the soldiers overseas can’t be overstated. Several soldiers have gone way out of their way to meet Ben.