Whitehall 9-year-old’s non-profit spreads kindness, honors workers

Carter Kefauver, 9, who with his parents started the nonprofit Carter Kindness to spread kindness and small gifts of gratitude to frontline workers, poses for a portrait March 24 at his Whitehall home.

Matt Frabott chuckled as he rearranged the third and final palette of Clif Bars inside a sprawling warehouse for FST Logistics trucking company in Grove City. 

“Can’t say I’ve ever loaded a U-Haul before,” the forklift operator said.

Robin and Jason Kefauver laughed.

Their 9-year-old son, Carter, decked out in a bright, blue cape with the hashtag #CarterKindness emblazoned across his back, giggled, too.

The Kefauvers couldn’t believe their luck. Inside the U-Haul were 11,046 prepackaged Clif Bars — a generous donation of the nutrition snack from FST Logistics for Carter’s nonprofit, Carter Kindness. 

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Last year, the family embarked on a “kindness convoy,” eventually establishing the nonprofit after their son was struck by a decision by his mom, Robin, to donate $200 she had won as an essential worker from a pandemic-inspired, pay-it-forward initiative, back into the pool. 

“It only takes $5 to be kind,” she told Carter in mid-January 2021.

Those eight little words stirred something inside her elementary school son. 

Thu., Mar. 24, 2022; Grove City, Ohio, USA; Carter Kefauver, 9, second from left, watches with his mom, Robin, left, and dad, Jason, center, as forklift operator Matt Frabott loads a donation of 11,046 Clif Bars from FST Logistics. The family started Carter Kindness, a nonprofit dedicated to spreading kindness and small gifts of gratitude to frontline workers.

Carter and his parents started small — bundles of $5 gift cards, snacks, candy and notes of encouragement to hard workers from construction crews to restaurant servers and the homeless. But it quickly grew throughout Whitehall as donations piled in and “sprinkles,” Carter-lingo for receiving a care package of kindness from the 9-year-old, increased.

“I wanted to do what my heart desires,” Carter said.

The Clif Bars will be used in the Kefauvers’ biggest “sprinkle” to date to honor frontline workers on National Nurses Day on May 6.

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