Madison and Emma want to teach kids that they have the power to help.
Although they are only teenagers, they founded OINK CHARITIES in 2014 to make it easy for kids to help those less fortunate through the gift of giving.
As the youngest of five grandchildren, Emma grew up celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, and the Solstice each December with her aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. They would get together to eat, laugh, celebrate their different religions, reconnect and of course… exchange presents. But the grown-ups noticed that the presents were becoming too important to the kids. And that didn’t feel right.
So when Emma was three, her mother and aunts started a family group called OINK, THE ORGANIZATION FOR INSPIRED AND NICE KIDS. The five grandchildren were tasked with choosing a charity they wanted to support. The children took turns explaining why they chose their specific charity. Then, in lieu of their big holiday gift, their parents would donate money to each of the kids’ chosen charities. It gave the children a sense of what it means to give, rather than receive. And it felt good.
As the older kids in the family left for college and moved across the country, the OINK tradition became a thing of the past. But now, Emma and Madison have decided to resurrect OINK and introduce the concept throughout their neighborhood and beyond. They want to inspire children to give to the less fortunate. They believe it should be simple to donate…that every bit counts…and that one can do small things to help others. They are powerful and can help the world…THE POWER OF KIDS HELPING THE WORLD.
ABOUT THE FOUNDERS
Emma Zabinsky and Madison Bauman are currently seniors at Sharon High School in Massachusetts. The two girls love spending time with their friends. Emma is a member of both the cross country and tennis teams at school. Madison is captain of the varsity volleyball team. Both girls enjoy working with children and intend to incorporate this passion into their future careers.