Maggie & Harper Cunningham – #VoicesofJAF

July 18, 2016 by mitchellcohen
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“Our community has done a lot for us, and we feel like we should do something for it.”

Maggie and Harper Cunningham volunteer in three ways. They are helpers for a special needs baseball team, teachers for citizenship class taught in Spanish, and founders of a 501(c)3 organization called Books and a Blanket. They are 11 and 12 years old, respectively.

In June, the Cunningham sisters won a Jefferson Award from KBTX for their incredible devotion to public service.

Books and  Blanket gives 15 books and a blanket to students in need. As avid readers, Harper and Maggie wanted to make sure that every child had something read when they went home from winter break. This mission turned into a cause, and 33,000 donated books later, they’re still at it. To date, they’ve reached over 2,500 children with their organization.

For their efforts, the sisters have been recognized by Rep. Bill Flores on the floor of the House of Representatives. He gave them a copy of his speech when they visited his office while in Washington, DC for the Jefferson Awards National Ceremony.

Their desire to give stems from all they have been given. “Our community has done a lot for us,” Maggie said. “And we feel like we should do something for it.”

Donate today to honor more heroes who deserve recognition and inspire more Americans than ever before to engage in public service. 

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