Governors and Kids Unite for Gulf

Contest unifies governors & students in rebuilding gulf.

Dallas, TX, April 27, 2007 --( More than a year and a half after Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, 90,000 people still live in 240 square foot trailers, usually 3 to a trailer. Thousands more are living in their gutted out homes, unable to afford to rebuild. "I can't imagine living in something the size of my garage with my whole family for so long," says 14-year-old Iowan Sarah Larson, "I'd go crazy!"

That's why Larson, and seven other kids around the USA who work along side her, have been coming up with all sorts of ways to raise money and awareness about the plight of the gulf. Their latest project: An awareness campaign--KID style.

The campaign features a "Decorate Your Governor" contest that runs now through June 1, 2007. On an interactive webpage (, kids click on their state on a map, and their governor's face appears on a generic body. The kids can then grab different colors of house-shaped key chains from the governor’s virtual desk, and "decorate" their governor by linking them together to form a creative winning accessory for the governor to wear the morning of the second anniversary of hurricane Katrina hitting the gulf, August 29, 2007. By wearing such things as kid-designed neckties, suspenders, crowns and necklaces formed out of the small aluminum houses, Larson hopes that the governors will join students in a show of solidarity for remembering the continued needs of the region. The kids' goal is to have all 50 governors participate.

The key chains were developed by Larson, and 12-year-old Talia Leman, to raise money for gulf rebuilding projects. Larson and Leman organized this project through a non-profit that Leman started in 2005 called "RandomKid," an organization whose mission is to help kids help others ( In order to address the needs of the gulf, the kids established the eight-member "RandomKid National Task Force to Rebuild the Gulf" and this is their third project.

According to numbers tracked by Randomkid, Kids have already demonstrated the magnitude of their commitment to the gulf. Combining their bake sales, lemonade stands, and other creative fundraisers, schoolchildren across the USA reported raising more than $10 million dollars in 2005-2006 for a variety of hurricane relief and rebuilding charities, including the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, Oprah's Angel Network, Bush Clinton Katrina Fund, and more.

"The constitution infers that those who have the ability to help others also have the responsibility," says Larson. "We plan to live up to that responsibility and help thousands of people in the gulf get back on their feet."

For more information about the awareness campaign and contest for kids, please visit

About RandomKid (
RandomKid is an Iowa 501C3 nonprofit organization. Their mission is to take the goodness of the child and turn it into goodness for the world by helping kids help others. RandomKid was born out of a 10-year-old's hurricane-relief fundraising effort, that ultimately unified children across the nation to raise over $10 Million dollars for a variety of hurricane relief and rebuilding charities. RandomKid now helps kids across the country to help a wide variety of causes, such as AIDS in Africa, Cancer, Safe Water for Third World Countries, and many more. "The cool thing about RandomKid," says 12-year-old CEO Talia Leman, "is that by helping kids help others, you're helping a lot of different charities, AND you're supporting the do-gooders of tomorrow."

Anne Ginther