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Ben, founder of Nathan's Butterflies receives Fred
A Tioga Hills Elementary student who is changing the world one kindness at a time caught the attention of Senator Fred Akshar and his Akshar's All-Stars program. Ben Cucci, a fifth- grader from Apalachin, was recently selected as an Akshar All-Star, and received a T-shirt and framed certificate from the Senator.
Ben is the founder of Nathan's Butterflies, a nonprofit that pays it forward with random acts of kindness in the community, "I wanted to do something to help remember Nathan," said Ben, who was only six years old when he lost his little brother, Nathan.
"I came up with random acts of kindness, and it kept getting-bigger.' - Ben and his "Butterfly Crew" have helped provide school supplies, set up a "Little Free Library" in the school's butterfly garden, provided face masks and hand sanitizer for 55 boxes filled as part of his 5th Grade's annual Community Box Project to benefit patrons of the Apalachin Food Pantry, supported local food drives, and much more.
As part of the goal of Nathan's Butterflies to not only spread kindness, but encourage others to commit - their own kind deeds, they have a Facebook page where people paying it forward share their own acts of kind- ness.
"The kindness inspired and spread (-by Nathan's Butterflies have spread across the country and even across the globe," said Senator Akshar in a re- cent press release. "If more people thought like Ben, the world would be a much better place” To see Ben receive his Akshar All-Star Recognition, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHJEFa5JyP0
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Local food pantry receives funds from Nathan's Butterflies
Nathan's Butterflies was able to help the local food pantry with funds.
Ben delivering supplies to local school
One of the several kindness projects it supplies schools with needed supplies.