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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Question of the day. Should good deeds be recorded?

I want to take a rare moment to post as Tyler's mom. I am the voice behind his causes. I want to thank you for being here! Something was on my mind this morning. Is it approrpriate to document good deeds? This reflection was inspired by a post that I read about someone helping a homeless man, while it was being recorded. I can't say what is right or wrong for someone else to do, but I want to share several points. 

In Tyler's case, I show what he is doing so that his supporters know where their donations are going, and that he participates in doing real work on his projects. He is five years old, but I require him to do as much as he can, after he comes up with his own ideas. We also want everyone to know that all of the money that he raises for things like Give Back to Veterans Day is only used to help veterans, especially since everyone in this world is not honest about fundraising. People often work very hard for their money. They want to feel like donations are being used properly. We greatly appreciate individuals who participate in helping veterans. It is not taken for granted. Both of our parents served in the military. 

I also want to document my son's progress as we work on the next step for his project. Some grants require documentation, and perhaps Tyler may even inspire someone to take action to try something they would like to do. Creating a platform is not a contest. There is enough room for anyone who wants to participate in doing good deeds to take action and do it. Everyone has a purpose and may be called to do different things. Not every journey will unfold the same. That is okay. In fact, the beauty of it is terrific. I hope that more people look at their hearts and remain true to why they began volunteering in the first place. My parents were active volunteers in different capacities, when I was growing up. The values that I learned are what I try to pass on to my son. Making money is important, but where would we be if no one stopped to help anyone in the world? No one can do it all, but one small act of kindness can go a long way.

Based on the response, we want Give Back to Veterans Day to grow. Raising money online was hard to do, and the call to help collect items was unanswered,  that's why I accompanied Tyler to safe places that he could go with a donation can. He works on his project when no one sees him or hears his conversations. Some days when the weather was bad, we had to work around that. Lots of people ignored him when he tried to talk to them about helping veterans. Some people promised to help and never showed up, after meetings were scheduled. I taught Tyler how to deal with that and more, too. He is learning many lessons at an early age. 

Social media is a great tool to raise awareness about a cause, but it can require skill. People share videos of people fighting and doing unkind things. In my book,  exhibiting bad behavior should not be regarded as entertaining. There are so many negative things going on in the world. Perhaps it is time to share more kind gestures, too. People mess up. People do good stuff. What we as users of social media share is powerful. 

Anything we post here has been cleared by someone who agreed that we can. If someone does not want anyone to know that help was given, it is okay. Anyone can need help in life. Who has not been there? If the situation is very sensitive, we do not want to post faces or names either. Letting people keep their dignity is important. Everything is not meant to be shared online. At the same time, when people see results, it helps Tyler to get more support from people who make decisions. 

If you want to join the "Do Something Good Network" in 2017, I hope this post helps to give you some things to consider. Establish your guidelines while putting together your project, then use technology as a tool to spread the word. This is my tip of the day! 

--Tyler's mom
co-founder of Give Back to Veterans Day
www.kidtimeenterprises.com


Thursday, December 22, 2016

I was interviewed on WJZ-13 when I made the delivery to veterans in need. This is a story link.

Hello Friends,

I am grateful that WJZ-13 interviewed me at MCVET. Please watch the video and read my story by clicking this link: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2016/12/21/kid-preneur-works-to-help-maryland-veterans/. I will continue to donate money to help homeless and elderly veterans. Each book sale or GoFundMe donation helps me to fund this goal. Also, please consider supporting MCVET. The details are in the link.

Merry Christmas!

Tyler

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

My superehero visit to MCVET, Give Back to Veterans Day 2 a success

Although I am just five years old, I know that Christmas is about more than asking Santa for toys. It is also about celebrating Jesus' birth, helping others, and giving back to the community. When I was four years old, I wanted to do something to help homeless veterans, after seeing a video on YouTube about them. With my mom's assistance, I created Give Back to Veterans Day, before launching Kid Time Enterprises, LLC.

My first event provided items to elderly and homeless veterans in the District of Columbia and Anne Arundel County, just before Easter. Give Back to Veterans Day 2 was held at MCVET (Maryland Center for Veteran Education & Training) in Baltimore, Md., during the nonprofit's holiday party on December 19, 2016. After taking a tour, and learning how homeless veterans can get help there, I knew that it was the perfect place to support through donating items.
I am a CEO who gives back to the community. 

 15 boxes of items were packed for the delivery. 

Just before the 2016 holiday party began at MCVET, I arrived early to prepare for my superhero delivery. I was happy to assist veterans, by helping to lift boxes that I packed at home with my mom.


I helped veterans load my donations to take them inside of MCVET.

I entered the building as a superhero. I pushed a cart with my donated computer.
I had an opportunity to donate a variety of items to homeless veterans, including a new computer, which will be used for their employment program, hats, gloves, scarves, soap, shirts, undergarments, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, backpacks, and thermals. 

I presented my donated computer to individuals who run MCVET's job program.

I raised over $1,000 by donating a portion of the proceeds from my book called "Tyler Goes Around the World," relaunching my GoFundMe campaign   https://www.gofundme.com/uxs2hbcs, and also by requesting donations in-person at shopping centers with my special fundraising can. Burgundy Wear of Laurel donated boxes of items such as hoodies and shirts. Thanks to Pam Dyson, I was able to increase the impact of my project. Distributed items were valued at over $2,000.
Veterans at MCVET thanked me for creating my giving campaign.



I met more great people who support veterans and volunteer.



I learned that kids can give back, too. This project helps me to understand how important it is to help people like homeless and elderly veterans. Additionally, I am flying around the beltway to make final deliveries to veterans and their family members who reside in Md.  I would like to thank everyone who donated to this campaign to help veterans, in addition to individuals who encouraged me. Start A Snowball invested in my idea when I was four years old. Others help allowed me to establish my project.

I will continue donating money from books sales to help veterans in need. A portion of the proceeds of "Tyler Goes Around the World" helps me to get a financial start to give back to others. I believe that veterans deserve help from superheroes. It is my job to spread as much goodness as I can.

FOX 5 DC interviewed me about my fundraiser/ Photo credit- Ashley Graham
Please visit these links, if you missed the new stories about my Christmas fundraiser:  http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2016/12/21/kid-preneur-works-to-help-maryland-veterans/ and  http://www.fox5dc.com/news/local-news/223783896-story  .

Also visit www.mcvet.org, if you would like to donate to MCVET.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Tyler Stallings
CEO, Kid Time Enterprises. LLC
Author of "Tyler Goes Around the World"

Thursday, December 15, 2016

FOX 5 DC interviewed me and my mom about helping veterans.

Dear Friends,

I had a very busy night on a superhero mission to help veterans. You may see the Fox 5 DC interview here: http://www.fox5dc.com/news/local-news/223783896-story.

Have a terrific day.


Tyler

Photo credit: Ashley Graham

Monday, December 12, 2016

This is a status update about Give Back to Veterans Day. Please donate.





I would like to thank Burgundy Wear in Laurel, Maryland for supporting Give Back to Veterans Day during the Christmas fundraiser! The donation of hoodies and shirts helped so much! Burgundy Wear specializes in embroidery, custom decorated apparel, banners, and promotional products for sports teams, businesses, and individuals. Please look them up via www.burgundywear.com if you need to buy this kind of merchandise. 

The picture in this post shows some of the donations and items that I purchased for homeless and elderly veterans. I also purchased a computer for MCVET. The majority of items will be donated to their nonprofit which helps homeless veterans. 




Plus, I will be honoring several veterans and their families. I will post more about the honorees soon. I already helped to fund the purchase of a new pair of glasses! 




The Christmas drive can help many veterans and their families who need items.
This is the last week to donate for my Christmas drive. Please help if you can and have not donated. You may use this link www.gofundme.com/uxs2hbcs. Thanks for your support. 



Tyler

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

My interview with my mom on Celebrity Spotlight LIVE Talk Show

Hello Friends,

If you missed this interview about me in October,  I want to share the link with you. You may listen to it via https://fccdl.in/lVHk9vLpi. I want to also thank Ms. Modesty for donating to Give Back to Veterans Day! She is the host of the show.

Have a terrific day.

Tyler

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Do you know a homeless veteran? Please read this important information.

Dear Friends,

Some of you who follow my Give Back to Veterans Day campaign may wonder how you can help homeless veterans if you encounter them.  Please tell them about the Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training, Inc. (MCVET) in Baltimore, Maryland. I took a tour of it last week.




Help is available through the nonprofit. Services include: case management,  meals, tuition instance,  benefits assistance and recreational activities. Emergency, transitional, and single room occupancy options are available services for homeless men and women who are veterans. They even have a day drop-in center where homeless veterans can receive crisis intervention counseling, take showers, obtain water and fresh clothes. MCVET is a national residential and support program where veterans help veterans. It was also founded by veterans!

MCVET can provide assistance with coordinating a veteran's transportation to Baltimore. Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 1-410-576-9626 X244 (Intake). MCVET also wants to know the names of human service organizations in your hometown who serve the homeless. Call 410-576-9626 ext. 235 with any information so MCVET can make sure they know about their services. Please visit www.mcvet.org for more information.



I decided to donate the majority of my donations from my giving holiday for Christmas to MCVET. I purchased a new computer for homeless veterans who live there to use so that another work station can be set up. I am currently buying hygiene products and items such as socks, thermals, and gloves. Please donate to my fundraiser if you can help me to thank veterans in need. This is my first veteran Christmas celebration and I want to make Give Back to Veterans Day 2 extra special. My GoFundMe link is
https://www.gofundme.com/uxs2hbcs Thanks for your support. Happy holidays.

Tyler
Honorary CEO
Kid Time Enterprises, LLC





Saturday, November 12, 2016

NBC's Education Nation featured me!

Hello Friends,

I have been working hard raising money for veterans. As some of you know, Give Back to Veterans Day will be held before Christmas. Each week I work to raise money for heroes who deserve support. Donations get me a step closer to buying a computer for a veteran resource center and more hygiene kits.

Super Tyler in Baltimore with supporters

 Education Nation shared this article about me on Veterans Day. I appreciate what veterans have done for our  country. I will continue working hard to help raise awareness for veterans in need. You may read the article by visiting http://www.parenttoolkit.com/index.cfm?objectid=48E4D460-8684-11E6-B2BD0050569A5318. I appreciate your support. 

Have a terrific weekend!

Tyler
co-creator of Give Back to Veterans Day

Saturday, November 5, 2016

I will be fundraising for veterans on Sunday in Prince George's County.

Hello Friends,

I will be fundraising for veterans in front of Giant located at 10480 Campus Way South in Kettering, Maryland 20774 from 12-4 p.m. on November 6, 2016. I am accepting donations of any amount.  All of the money that I collect will be used for Give Back to Veterans Day 2. The Christmas giving event will be my second time giving items to veterans in need. I would like to buy a computer and more hygiene products. Please help me to support veterans.

Thank you,

Tyler


Saturday, October 29, 2016

Calling all young entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs! Biz Kidz will be held on Nov. 5, 2016 in Columbia, Maryland!




Hello Friends,

Please come to this great event! I will be participating in it. Other kids who want to learn about business are encouraged to attend.
I hope to see you there!

Tyler

Biz Kidz Ribbon Cutting Fair & Ceremony With Support From The Howard County Chamber of Commerce
& The Maryland STEM Festival
Le'Chic Academy Foundation
Sponsors 
A Young Entrepreneur's  Ribbon Cutting  
Vendor Exhibitor's Biz Kidz Fair & Ceremony
 Sat., November 5, 2016   
12:00(Noon)
The Interfaith Center     
5885 Robert Oliver Place     Columbia Maryland, 21045
Admission- $10
Please visit www.lechicacademy.com for more information. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

My veteran fundraiser update.

Hello Friends,

I have some exciting news. My first online donation for my seasonal veteran fundraiser was made this morning! I have been using a portion of my book proceeds to raise money for veterans in need. I also requested donations at an event and collected $8.00 last weekend. With your help, I can buy a computer to help more veterans search for jobs. Plus, I can deliver more grooming and hygiene products to local veterans in need. Please purchase a book from my website or visit https://www.gofundme.com/uxs2hbcs to make a donation. I truly appreciate your support. I want veterans to know that many of us care about them.


Best wishes,

Tyler Stallings

Please listen tonight!

Hello Friends,

I will be interviewed with my mom tonight.  If you have some time, please listen to the live interview.

Thank you,

Tyler

Sunday, October 9, 2016

My Snapchat debut with NBC, fundraising goals for veterans in need

Hello Friends, 

I had a very exciting opportunity on October 7, 2016. A reporter interviewed me to share my story about my book and fundraiser to help veterans for NBC News via Snapchat. This was my first time having anyone come to where I live to find out more about me for the news. My goal to be greater person this year is to help veterans and learn as much as I can as a student. As a result, this is what NBC News shared about me.
"We're on the @nbcnews @Snapchat account NOW. Follow to see an awesome kid making a difference: https://t.co/sMi6xBaanz #GoalToBeGreater"

I am currently raising money for Give Back to Veterans Day 2. I truly want to help veterans in need. Please purchase at least one copy of "Tyler Goes Around the World" from this website or make a donation through https://www.gofundme.com/uxs2hbcs. Any help that you can give is appreciated. I want to deliver a computer to a transitional home or family of a veteran before Christmas. I believe that having easy access to technology is a key to searching for a job. I am donating a portion of the proceeds of each book sale to help raise money. We can make a difference to help veterans by doing whatever we can in the community.  Have a terrific day!

Tyler

I will be signing books at an author's expo on October 15 at Morgan State University.


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Please listen to this radio interview about Kid Time Enterprises, LLC.

Hello Friends, 

My mom spoke with Ella Curry about my company and our mission. Please listen to the interview when you can. The link is below.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

My goals to be greater were featured on NBC'S Education Nation!

Hello Friends,

I was honored to have an opportunity to share a video about ways my mom is helping me to be greater for NBC'S Education Nation. I encourage parents, teachers and students to establish goals of their own and participate in the #goaltobegreater campaign. We can all help to make the world a better place while learning and growing! Please visit
Education Nation to learn about my goal. You can submit yours, too.




Have a great day!


Tyler
P.S. I am still raising money to buy a computer for veterans in need. When you order a copy of my book from this website, you are helping me to get closer to meeting my goal.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

I am going to visit the White House!


The first time I saw the White House I could not go inside. I was happy to see it and spend all day outside taking pictures near the gate. I kept asking my mom how I could get permission to go inside. Meeting President Obama there to tell him about my work with veterans and my business is one of my wishes. After we found out the process, I began to doubt that I would ever be able to visit the White House.

To my surprise, someone who works at the White House contacted my mom to invite us inside. At least I will get to be on the other side of the gate very soon. What a surprise! Maybe one day President Obama will be able to read "Tyler Goes Around the World." Nevertheless, I am happy to see this very special place. Half of my wish came true!

Never give up on your dreams. The first email asking if I would like to visit arrived the day that I turned five years old. It was a terrific birthday present. I know everything I want won't happen all at once. I am willing to keep working hard to reach my goals. I appreciate your interest in what I am doing. It means so much to me. Stay encouraged.

Tyler

P.S. Please remember that a portion of the proceeds of every book I sell will be donated to purchase a computer for veterans in need. Please order by using PayPal if you would like to support Give Back to Veterans Day.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

I had a blast at my first book signing and raised money for veterans.


 


Hello  Friends,

I didn't know what to expect since I never had a book signing before, but I had a great time. A group of people attended the event that was held at Branchville Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squad on August 6. Young guests played games, took photos, enjoyed food, took a tour of the firehouse and took prizes home. Adults who attended my event had a chance to network, too. I sold enough books to raise almost $70.00 to donate for my veteran fundraiser!





I want to buy at least one computer to donate to a veteran in need, or a transitional home where they live, before Christmas. I believe that a computer would help them for their job searches. I appreciate your continued interest and support. You will hear more from me soon. If you are interested in ordering  Tyler Goes Around the World,please use my PayPal button.
     
Thanks again!

Tyler

Sunday, July 31, 2016

I was featured on FOX 5 DC!

Hello Friends,

Did you miss me on television last week? I had an opportunity to visit FOX 5 DC with two other kidpreneurs and Mr. Jim Coleman, who is the CEO of the Prince George's Economic Development Corporation. Please visit the link http://www.fox5dc.com/good-day/181125292-video to see the interview. I was featured with Gabrielle Jordan and Gabrielle Williams. They both are young business owners, too. As a 4-year-old who is honorary CEO of my own company, participating in the segment was very encouraging to me. Kidpreneur Day is coming up in Prince George's County on August 3. Please take a look at my Facebook page via www.facebook.com/kidtimeenterprises to see more clips and highlights. 

Thank you for your interest. 

Tyler







Tuesday, July 12, 2016

I am now a published author! Would you like to attend my celebration in Maryland?

Hello Friends,

Yesterday was very exciting for me. My books were produced sooner than expected. My mom took me to the printer to pick up stock of "Tyler Goes Around the World." 

We are getting ready for my book signing and networking event on August 6, 2016 in College Park, Md. If you would be interested in attending, I would like to meet you. Please read the flyer below. Small business owners and kids who may be interested in promoting their businesses will be encouraged to connect with other attendees at my event. A portion of my book proceeds will be used to help veterans in need for the next Give Back to Veterans Day. If you missed news about it, please read about the project here:  http://www.kidtimeenterprises.com/2016/04/over-800-worth-of-products-given-to.html?m=1.

Before I go, I want to let you know that if you would like to sponsor an activity on Aug. 6, please email kidtimeenterprises@gmail.com. I can thank you for helping me by promoting your venture. 

Thank you,

Tyler








Friday, June 24, 2016

You may now pre-order "Tyler Goes Around the World!"



Hello Friends,

I have exciting news to share! I visited the printer and saw the machine that will finish producing 300 copies of my first book. I learned about how a book proof looks and participated in approving the final product I will sell. I am learning so much about how to stick to a budget, saving money, working with freelance professionals and marketing. This project has required hard work and patience from me, but it is also rewarding to create a story that promotes diversity. There are so many tough things going on in the world, but I want people to remember that it is okay to be different. It's fun to travel to meet new people from all over the world. When I transform into a superhero, I feel happy to imagine making new friends, while learning what life is like where they live.

Before I go, I want to let you know that you may now pre-order "Tyler Goes Around the World." If you want to reserve a copy, please use the PayPal button on this website to make your payment. The price of the book is $17.99, but shipping is additional.  When the project is released this summer, I am going to sign each limited edition hardcover book. When you purchase a copy, you will also help me to raise money for my Give Back to Veterans Day project.  If you missed what I did before Easter, please read about it by clicking here.



Next time, I want to buy something extra special for homeless veterans before Christmas. I believe the gift will be extremely useful to help them to meet their goals. Please continue to follow my journey and I will share more about my Christmas plans later. I will need your help and support. Will you join me to raise awareness about veterans in need?

Thank you for supporting a little kid with big dreams! Have a fantastic day.

Tyler

Friday, June 17, 2016

Please watch my book trailer about "Tyler Goes Around the World."

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Thank you for watching my book trailer. More information will be coming next week. Have a great Father's Day weekend!

Tyler

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

My first book is on the way to the printer. I had a chance to speak at an event!



Hello Friends,

I've been pretty busy. I finished Pre-K and completed two major community service projects for veterans and children who needed books of their own. I hope that they will enjoy reading them over the summer!  I'm also excited to start my adventure as an author. I want kids to keep reading at home, and I'm happy to add diverse characters to books, by writing my own story about visiting exciting places in the world.
   
While networking at my first event, I even had an opportunity to introduce myself to readers at the       Prince George's Book Festival in May


Tressa "Azarel" Smallwood, CEO of Life Changing Books, presented a publishing segment on  May 14,2016 in Prince George's County, Md. She let me speak about my book.


 "Tyler Goes Around the World" will be on the way to the printer this week. I just wanted to let you
know that I truly appreciate your interest and support. I've been working on some exciting additions. Please keep rooting for me as a new superhero. I'm doing the same for you!

Tyler
Honorary CEO