For the Caring Queens, spreading kindness is their club’s mission |

For the Caring Queens, spreading kindness is their club’s mission

The Caring Queens of Fruita at the Nov. 9 Hometown Holiday Craft Fair held at Shelledy Elementary School. Back row, from left: Emily Kinney, 10; Lucy Hassler, 10; and Izzy Brophy, 10. Front row, from left: Abby Hassler, 8; and Lauren Kinney, 7.
Tracy Dvorak / | Free Press

Wednesday afternoons they strike, hitting the streets of Fruita for covert missions, looking for unsuspecting individuals to bestow simple random acts of kindness upon.

You won’t see them; they make efforts to blend in well, save for the embellished tiaras they wear. And after they confer their good deed, they leave behind a calling card — on it a stamp of a crown and signature: “From the Caring Queens.”

Five young go-getters, Emily Kinney, Lucy Hassler, Izzy Brophy, Abby Hassler and Lauren Kinney, all students at Shelledy Elementary School in Fruita, make up the Caring Queens, an all-girls club which formed in early October with the purpose to perform anonymous random acts of kindness.

“My mom had a really good idea, that instead of me being on student council, why don’t we do a random acts of kindness club,” said club president Lucy Hassler, 10. So along with her best friends, Emily Kinney and Izzy Brophy, both 10, and Lucy and Abby’s grandmother, Becky Karisny, as advisor, they started meeting and were soon off and running.

In one month, they’ve picked up trash at Shelledy school grounds; donated bags of food to the food bank; donated items to the Fruita Thrift Shop; taped quarters to vending machines; and much more.

The girls meet Wednesdays at 3 p.m. to discuss ideas and work on projects, after which they hit the road with adult chaperones to perform their weekly act of kindness. On a recent Wednesday, they placed coupons around the community for free items at Enstrom’s, City Market and Great Harvest Bread Co.

“It’s fun, and it helps the community,” said their newest member, Lauren Kinney, 7.

The girls are also responsible for any taped microwave popcorn bags you may encounter at Fruita Red Box kiosks. Why? Just because.

As a start-up with limited funds, the club keeps their anonymous random acts simple but meaningful. To raise money for the club initially, the girls gathered clothes from their closets and sold them to Once Upon A Child.

“Our random acts of kindness are not expensive, but we want to raise money so we can do more,” said Lucy Hassler. Therefore, the club held its first big fundraiser selling baked goods and craft items at the Hometown Holiday Craft Fair Nov. 9 at Shelledy Elementary School.

Karisny, a retired teacher, has been with them every step of the way providing guidance and support.

“I think they are realizing you are never too young to make a difference. It’s something I hope they will continue on in their lives,” Karisny said. “They really have been selfless.”

The girls are also learning adult skills from this experience.

“We’ve learned a lot about public speaking, organization and planning,” Lucy Hassler said.

“It’s a lot of work but it’s worth it,” Emily Kinney added.

With the holidays coming up, the Caring Queens are gearing up for fun deeds including plans to donate turkeys to some unwitting strangers. If you know of someone in need of a random act of kindness, email

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