Lately it seems all the news headlines portray children in a negative light. It appears the majority of children who commit crimes or do horrific things are granted publicity. But when children do something good we rarely hear about it.
David Rudolph, a well know Detroit PR consultant and huge backer and promoter of Hush Carlisle and his Detroit Dog Rescue definitely rallies for the “underdog” and those that society often ignores or forgets. So it is not surprising that his daughter, 7 year old Rielly Rudolph shares her dad’s passion for helping others.
It all started in 2011 when Rielly, then a mere 5 years old realized sick kids are not able to go trick or treating. This truly broke her heart as this little girl loves Halloween and feels every child should have a Halloween pumpkin.
When dad asked what she was going to do about it she said “I’ll paint pumpkins for them!” She and mom Contessa got busy painting and decorating using acrylic paints, foam, and yarn.
“It was a cool thing for us as a family, to really explore our creative side,” says David. “We were just churning out pumpkins!”
But spunky Rielly also took it a step further by recruiting kids at her school, St. Sebastian in Dearborn Heights, too. With everyone’s help they donated 175 pumpkins, which the hospital placed in communal spots, along with its outdoor healing garden.
The children and the staff were thrilled to have been remembered and to have the beautiful pumpkins adorning the hospital. They truly brigtened the days and lives of all who saw them.
Little Rielly’s efforts were recognized by earning the esteemed Spirit of Detroit Award for Outstanding Service as a result. The award came as a total surprise, says David who was told Rielly is the the youngest ever recipient.
“Classic little 5-year-old,” laughs David, who shared the story at the Detroit City Council meeting where she was honored. Rielly appeared to take it all in stride.
Rielly, dad and mom have continued this creative, compassionate tradition each year since 2011. Today and tomorrow David and Rielly will be dropping off pumpkins again at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, spreading cheer, joy and the spirit of Halloween to children unfortunate enough to have to spend their holiday in a hospital bed.
“I think it’s important to encourage kids to be servant leaders. It’s how they learn to have an appreciation for what they have and also inspires them to give back to those that are less fortunate,” says David Rudolph.
Want to get involved? Contact David Rudolph at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Life is all about sharing compassion for all living things.