Most of us have come across homeless people where we live, and some of us may have even struggled with it ourselves. It is a difficult situation to address because it is certainly not one-size-fits all. There are a number of reasons why a person may find themselves homeless or living in a shelter or needing assistance. But there is a universally accepted truth about this issue – each of us has the power to do something, even ONE thing, to help.
Take for instance 9 year old Khloe Thompson from Los Angeles, California. She has started an entrepreneurial philanthropic idea to help the homeless female population in her area, proving there is no problem too big for anyone to play their part in tackling it.
Khloe is the founder of Khloe Kares, a charity where she sews bags from material and fills them with toiletries for homeless women. The idea came about after seeing these women every day on her way to school, and one day asking her mom about them.
“I would pass the same homeless people all the time on my way to school. And I would ask my mom, ‘What can I do to help?'” she told Upworthy. After learning how they got there in the first place from her mom, she felt really bad and wanted to do something to change the situation.
That’s when she thought of giving these women some everyday essentials they don’t have access to or cannot afford, in order to give them a little bit of dignity back in their lives. Kare Bags are the first philanthropic idea under the Khloe Kares umbrella, which is currently in the process of being registered as a recognized 501(c)3 non profit.
Khloe, together with the help of her mom and great-grandmother, launched a GoFundMe page back in April to try and raise $10,000 to kickstart her plan. In one month she managed to get over $13,000 in donations! Her story started getting attention from local and national media, where she was featured in a story on Los Angeles’ FOX 11 news, as well as daytime talk show The Real.
Khloe told the all-female talk show host line-up that most of the homeless react in a positive way to her toiletry bags, either by giving her a hug, saying “thank you”, or “God bless you” or all of the above. The women were so inspired by Khloe’s courage that they reached out to Dove and managed to secure 1000 bottles of shampoo and conditioner to donate to her cause.
Her mission has even inspired some of her classmates who come and help out with the bags whenever they can, bringing home the point that you are never too young to make a difference in the world.
“I’m an example of how one kid can make a big difference. No dream is too small or too big! I want to inspire other kids to be great and to make their mark on this earth. I believe that love is a blessing, and that’s why I love to do things for other people, and help people in need,” she wrote on her GoFundMe page.
Aside from the toiletry bags for homeless women, Khloe already has ideas about how she wants to further help people in her community.
“My next big project will be a toy drive! I want to supply dolls and trucks to kids who live in group homes. These kids have not had the same advantages as I have had in life, and I really want to give back and brighten their day,” she said.
Khloe’s idea is designed not just to assist those in her community who need it the most, but also educate other kids her age on what is going on in the world. When we choose to see other human beings, no matter what their situation in life is, as a person with equal worth, it can change our perspective drastically.
In the PopSugar video feature below, watch how Khloe’s mom and great-grandmother talk about the reactions they have gotten from some of the women when Khloe gives them the bags and makes them feel like they are loved.
We hope you are inspired to take action in your life, no matter how big or small, knowing that you have the power to impact someone’s life in a positive way. You are never too young or too old to make a difference in the world.