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2 Chicago-area kids awarded for outstanding volunteer efforts

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Nick Curley Nick Curley
Jessie Streepy Jessie Streepy
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Two Chicago area kids are receiving big honors for their selfless efforts to help others. They each won a $10,000 college scholarship for their efforts, but in the process have done something much more valuable for others.

12-year-old Jessie Streepy of Palatine and 8-year-old Nick Curley of Chicago understand they can do something they love and benefit others.

Nick, who loves hockey, skated 100 miles and raised $40,000 for the Danny Did Foundation which raises awareness about epilepsy and potentially deadly nighttime seizures. One of them killed 4-year-old Danny Stanton in 2009.

"I do it because I love it and because in feel really complete when I am helping people," Jessie Streepy says. "I didn't do it for the scholarship. I didn't start because I knew there was money on the table."

"My mom said our goal was $25,000 I didn't even think we would get that far," Nick says. "I thought we would only get to like $15,000."

Nick skated five miles at a time on 20 different rinks around Chicago to raise the money.

"It's a special thing," tom Stanton of the Danny Did Foundation says. "I look at Nick and he's eight years old but he's really beyond his years in terms of his ability to give himself to others whether he fully appreciated that now or not it's a really special thing to watch."

Jessie started her own craft business to raise money for One Day's Wages, a global organization raising money for people in AFRICA.

"They feed and bring clean water to starving children in Somalia," Jessie explains.

She sells hair clips and scarves that she makes at a boutique and local craft fairs, which has helped a family friend raise nearly $18,000 for One Day's Wages.

But Jessie has been "others focused" for several years, starting in 3rd grade when she worked with autistic kids.

"I'd go to recess with them and I'd eat lunch with them and I'd read to them and we'd go out and do activities together," Jessie explains.

She also started a program at her school to send packages of unwanted fruits and vegetables to the Palatine Food Pantry.

Both kids and their parents are proud of the Kohl's Kids national award they received, but it isn't going to their heads.

"I've always loved helping people out," Nick says.

"It's really just such an honor to be recognized that it makes me want to do even more knowing I'm inspiring other people," Jessie adds.

Both Jessie and Nick are just the kind of kids who are making their parents proud -- not for the money they've raised, but for the character they are showing at 12 and 8.

Jessie plans to keep raising money through her craft sales to fund One Days Wage, keeping the focus on a charity that a neighbor is part of.

Nick isn't sure of his next project. He says maybe he'll look to do 1000 board jumps like hockey players do during a shift change and see if he can raise money that way.

In addition to their $10,000 Kohl's Cares College Scholarships, Kohl's also donated $1,000 to their respective charities.

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