Ten years ago, 10-year-old Rachel Okun and her sister Kelsi, 8, told their parents they had a big idea -- they wanted to say thank you to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan by offering scholarships to their spouses and children.}
With some parental assistance, the precocious girls created their own charity called ThanksUSA, and soon they were online asking for money.
In 2009, when CBS News paid a visit, ThanksUSA had raised a stunning $5 million.
"I've been able to see that really any person can make a difference. And what you give out to the world you get back 10 times," Rachel said.
Now, Rachel is in college, Kelsi is a high school senior, and ThanksUSA is still going strong.
ThanksUSA, "just passed the ten million mark" said Kelsi.
From an idea that began in a dinner table conversation, $10.3 was raised through individual and corporate donations, golf and tennis tournaments, and an annual treasure hunt.
So far, ThanksUSA has given military family members more than 3,400 scholarships of $3,000 each.
With the help of ThanksUSA, Kelly Estep will soon get her bachelor's degree and then plans to get a master's in social work. Her husband was killed in Iraq in 2005.
"With my experience, I want to flip that into something positive. And give back to the military. And be there for other families that lose a loved one, son or daughter, husband, wife," Estep said.
"You can change the world," Rachel said.
"One heart at a time," Kelsi added to the message that is true today as it was 10 years ago when ThanksUSA was born.