Your POSITIVE words always encourage and motivate us to continue to give back more to the world! We are greatful for the words below from all of you!

Hear from our treasured educators/teachers!

I am so proud and am absolutely honored to be your teacher. You are doing remarkable work and are already a tremendous global citizen. I am so happy that you are being recognized for your ongoing efforts. Keep up the great work - I'm excited to see what else you accomplish! - - Bio teacher (RHS)

“Every time I see the Joys of Giving website I am inspired to better myself and do more for others. It is incredible knowing that Vanesha and Varshini are already doing so much good for our community while they are still so young. I cannot wait to see how they positively impact this world! I have no doubt that Joys of Giving is going to inspire their peers to be kind and empathetic, and to put others first. I had the honor of teaching Vanesha during her 8th grade year, and was able to witness her warmth and compassion each day in the classroom. Hopefully I get to have Varshini as a student in the future as well! This world needs more people like these two wonderful young women! -Oliver H (English Teacher – RMS)”

Message: Vanesha and Varshini-
I Love This! Seeing young adults work to make the world around them a better place makes me smile. I am so proud of you and your efforts. I know the next generation is going to be better off because of people like you. -- Chris F. (Math Teacher - RMS)

Wow--congratulations on what you and your sister have accomplished, Vanesha!  I am not surprised that you took the initiative to help others in this way! In my class you were always at the ready to help someone else improve their skills with positivity and grace. Congratulations on your very special award for community service and keep up the good work! I watched the segment in today's Touch of Class Live edition, and was gobsmacked that you and your sibling have done so much in such a short time with your campaign. Keep up the good work--and I hope to get the opportunity to work with your sibling soon. Buenas vacaciones y buena suerte en el colegio.  (Spanish Teacher - RMS) 

Hear from all our lovely community donors and inspirations

Baking Fundraiser 2022

Firstly, you’re doing a brilliant job with this effort :)

We loved the cookies you made! My wife and the kids have been asking me to get a second order.

These are the best cookies and muffins in the galaxy!

FIRST Interview panel for youth as guest speakers October 2022

I truly enjoyed speaking with the two of you. Wishing you much success.

FIRST In-person baking workshop August 2022 (Fundraiser for Asha for education)

Thank you for organizing and bringing together 6 young kids for a wonderful cause! They had an amazing time and learned how to bake some yummy cookies!

Book Fundraiser 2022 for Page Ahead

Page Ahead recently received a note from a student: “Dear donors, thank you so much for the fun books. These books mean a lot to me because they are good for my brain. And I can get smarter. From Lennon”

Thank you for helping to make that happen to other kids in need who don’t have books of their own. But because of your help, kids in our community will receive new books. Thank you so much!

Summer Baking Fundraiser 2021

Thanks for the excellent banana nut muffins! Loved it. Happy to be part of a great cause to contribute to the needy. Proud of the effort you are leading. - Rajan

Thank you for the delicious chocolate chip cookies! The kids loved it and want another order. - Rachita

Virtual Workshops for StemChef by Joys of Giving (Baking and Coding) Aug 2020, Founder of StemChef

I’m Ashie, founder of StemChef and the host of StemChef Kids Day that your daughters participated in yesterday. I wanted to reach out to you to acknowledge how amazing your daughters are!

It is very rare to find the excellence they clearly have in them and the down to earth humility in teenagers these days. The wonderful spirit in which they are working tirelessly for their non-profit for a great cause is truly humbling to see. And I believe parenting and upbringing has a lot to do with that. So I want to give you credit for the wonderful daughters you have raised.

While I’m raising money for the other non-profits that I have partnered with through StemChef, I would personally like to donate to Joys of giving and I’ll be in touch with them about where I can do so.

My very best wishes to you and your daughters,


Virtual Workshops FREE (Baking, Coding, Art)! June - August, 2020

I again want to thank you for such an informative session, my son V thoroughly enjoyed it and learned quite a bit in that. He would love to connect back for any questions or get more ideas on different things he can try. He just got introduced to coding and loving every bit of it.

Thanks once again for such a great effort and helping kids learn coding! Would love to support this great work, in whatever way possible.

It was wonderfully organized

I think you girls were so good at what you did. Keep up the good work!

While answering questions, addressing by participant name .include instructions to premeasure and keep ingredients ready. Else can make it a 1 hour 15 minute session.

I have no suggestions, I loved how you went at a steady pace and you explained each and every step which was very helpful.

It was a lot of fun! Just an idea: Giving kids step by step instructions to follow loudly, pausing and asking them to show the progress might help drive more engagement. :)

Everything perfect!

Every thing was awesome!

My daughter enjoyed your cookie session and has already made them twice ... her 70 year old grandfather ( my dad) who is visiting us told her that these cookies are the best he has tasted.. kudos to you guys for the great recipe!   We would love to sign up for other stuff you come up with also

First time Adventure --  Baking for a Cause

(100% proceeds to Kinder Konnection, helping underprivileged children in Seattle public schools)! September 2019 - Jan 2020

Pictures cant do justice to the amazing work these kids have done! WoW! I am even more impressed if thats even possible! I tried one this morning and they are delicious and cant believe its eggless!

N loved the cookies, especially the choc chip ones! Great job by your girls and a very noble cause.

Both the cookies are amazing and tasty! All of us loved it and kids really liked the chocolate chip cookie!

Thank you for the cookies. They are delicious! 

Thank you for the cookie! I really enjoyed reading your mission and projects. Great website!

Loved the eggless cookies and they tasted it so much better than the stores!

The cookies were delicious! It is wonderful to see the initiatives and causes adopted by these youths to make a difference in the world. Keep up the good work!

What a wonderful way to give back to the society! My boys love your cookies! Keep up the great work Vaneesha and Varshini!

Words from the founder of Kinder Konnection for our baking fundraiser Sept - Dec 2019 for $4k+

The Hari siblings Vanesha and Varshini have done several phenomenal things , all at once.
1) They have raised a stupendous amount of $4000 for my homeless, foster and underserved children served by Kinder Konnection.
2) They have baked an insane number of cookies for this fundraiser.
3) They have set the bar very high about what children are truly capable of.
4) They made me forget that am actually writing about two children and not adults.

My heart is filled with gratitude and my eyes with tears when I think of the drops of kindness from donors that have filled the bowl of essential needs.
Shal Hari and Hari Bala Take a bow for you have just shown the world, silently but strongly what it means to raise children of character.
We are forever indebted to these little hands and large hearts.
Many blessings to Varshini and Vanesha who have embraced Kinder konnection and its mission-- Children of the world !

Hi Vanesha and Varshini, I love what you have started! I just visited your website, and clicked and read all the pages, and it brought me so much joy, I want to say, first of all, Joys of Giving is a beautiful name. I often see efforts or organizations calling out the benefit to those who will be served, but rarely calling out how much it benefits the giver, in a deep and permanent way. So I love the focus on the giver and the giving, rather than on who is served and how and why. Personally, I started giving when I was young and mostly so that I don't feel guilty inside when I see someone without food or clothes. But over the years, I have realized the more I give, the more I receive, and what I receive is not just materialistic things but the really precious things that money can't buy, loved ones can't give you, and you cant create yourselves. Another way to look at it is, "not giving" doesnt make any sense, as it is unnatural. I look at the plants and animals and all of nature, nothing hoards anything, no one is greedy in nature, except the most fearful and insecure of human beings. And I definitely don't want to be one of them, as I wont be able to respect myself and no one will, too. So I give because it gives me so much. I give because not giving is not an option. And it is beautiful to be blessed and be a blessing, and do the work of nature and God for fellow creatures and beings. Let me know how I can help! Our whole family will be excited to help and team up with you. Feel free to reach out to me if I am not responsive, sometimes I get too busy being joyful! - Maya 

This is so wonderful! I don't have enough words for what you are doing at such a young age. Keep up this wonderful work!! - Rajesh

Super impressive!! A great initiative at such young age towards making this world a better place. Hari Shal - Give our love to Vanesha and Varshini... - Lotika Venkatesh

Great Going Girls!! Very commendable to see you sisters take time and effort to support the community around you! God Bless!

Awesome ! Many best wishes! To both

Big heart, beautiful cause, amazing sisters. You girls rock!!! - Cavi

God bless you both, so so proud of you - Rama

Dear Vaneesha and Varshini,
We’re so happy to see the wonderful work you’re doing, and be beautiful people you’re growing up to be! Congratulations on your creative venture and best wishes! - Dee 

Hats off to you on taking this initiative. We would definitely like to contribute and would love to try your special cookies.
Our best wishes for this endeavor. -- Aadya, Vibha and family

Such an awesome venture girls. You’re amazing, just like your mom. I’m sure your parents must be so proud of you two. Please put me down for one pack of cookies. Let me know how/when to pay. Thanks and best wishes! God bless you both!  -- Supriya

I love the work you do!!!!! You're a great friend!! - Aarushi

I like that you are helping others that are less fortunate. You are making a DIFFERENCE!!  - Dr. Brown

Well done good motivation stay blessed always and be a blessing!

Good Initiative to start a web site with a great goals. Appreciate your honest beginning and wishing you both all the very best in all your endeavors!

Great idea Varshini!!

Hi Vanesha And Varshini! I really like your website!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!