Mateo Maldonado just might be one of the kindest kids in America.
At the very least, Mateo’s efforts to clean up York with his gang of Litter Critters have earned him national recognition and a finalist spot in the Kindest Kid Contest run by Sprout, NBC’s pre-school network.
Four finalists were chosen, and each will compete for the title of Chief Kindness Officer and a donation to a children’s charity in the winner’s name. It’s a contest to celebrate “everyday thoughtful acts,” according to a news release — something that’s right up Mateo’s alley.
Over the past year, 7-year-old Mateo, along with the help of his little sister Styls-Mene, mother and others in the community, have set out to do their part to make York a better place to live — collecting more than 200 bags of litter from city neighborhoods.
“I just didn’t want the Earth to look bad,” Mateo told the Daily Record/Sunday News. “I thought I could help.
“It’s the right thing to do,” he said last spring.
And now, after giving back to the community, Mateo needs some help from you. For each vote received, Sprout will donate $1 up to $25,000 to a national children’s charity, as well as an additional $5,000 in the winner’s name, the news release states.
You can vote online once a day through Dec. 17 at SproutOnline.com/KindestKid. The winner will be announced Dec. 21.
So if you think Mateo is one cool, kind kid, go online and vote.