This week on Facebook, my newsfeed has been filled with a lot of sad, depressing, anger-inducing stories. I was going to address one today, but I have so many emotions over it that I don’t think I could get through it. Instead, I’d like to focus on a happy story. A story about a young girl who is making a positive impact on her community.
This is Khloe. Khloe is a 9-year-old philanthropist living in southern California. Khloe and her mom walked to school together everyday and would pass the same group of homeless people. One day she asked her mother what they could do to help. That’s when Khloe came up with a plan.
She knew that the people living on the streets needed basic necessities (food, hygiene items, etc.) but didn’t want to stop at that. She realized that these folks needed a way to keep all of their few possessions together. plastic grocery sacks were too flimsy; they could break and their belongings would scatter everywhere. Khloe didn’t have enough money to buy backpacks for everyone, so with the help of her mother and grandmother, Khloe started sewing durable bags.
She filled the bags with shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, tampons, and anything else she could think of. Then, on her and her mother’s daily walks, she’d pass them out.
Khloe has not only inspired those in her community to help out, but businesses as well. Khloe is planning a toy drive and Taco Bell has agreed to donate food, Zappos.com will be donating shoes, and people from all over will donate toys for children in need.
Way to go, Khloe! You truly are an amazing young woman!