Texas Boy Orion Jean Hopes to Share His Love of Reading With Thousands of Children

Orion Jean, 10, is on a mission to share his love of reading with others. / FAMILY HANDOUT

Orion Jean is a young man on a mission, sharing the gift of reading with hundreds of thousands of kids. He may be only 10 years old, but the number on his mind is 500,000.

That’s how many books the Texas boy hopes will be donated by the end of the month.

“I want to be able to share my love of literacy with as many people as possible,” he told CBS News.

In 2020, Jean won a student kindness contest where he displayed his own campaign of compassion. “Kindness is a virtue we can all possess. If we are willing to,” he said. “So why not start today. Because right now, it’s what we need more than ever.”

Jean told CBS News that winning that content “was really just the catalyst to something so much bigger. It started out as an idea but here we are today, the race to kindness was born.”

With his $500 prize, Jean donated toys to a Dallas Children’s hospital. Next, through food drives and partnering with a relief group, he helped collect 100,000 meals for Texas families.

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SOURCE: CBS News, Janet Shamlian

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