Here's a story that shows you're never too young to make a difference in the community and perhaps inspire others to get involved too.

Seven-year-old Jordan King from Belvidere has been named a regional winner of a $1,000 Kohl’s Cares Scholarship for his efforts in helping the Ronald McDonald House. Those who receive the scholarship are chosen based on initiative, leadership, generosity and project benefits and outcome.

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Jordan King
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After Jordan’s parents stayed at the Ronald McDonald House while he had open heart surgery, Jordan sought a way to give back to the organization. He's donated baby blankets, coloring books, crayons, and board games for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Jordan also held various fundraisers for the organization.

And he couldn't have picked a better organization. A few years ago, a friend who had a newborn was helped greatly by the Ronald McDonald House. He had nothing but fantastic things to say about the charity and recommended that anytime you see a collection box for Ronald McDonald House that you donate whatever change is handy. So, to this day, I do that when I'm at McDonald's.

As a regional-level winner, Jordan now qualifies for one of Kohl’s 10 national scholarships, which will be announced at the end of July. National winners will each receive a total of $10,000 in scholarships, and Kohl’s will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winner’s behalf.

Congratulations and great job to Jordan! And thanks to Kohl's for supporting and honoring kids like this in the community.