We recently had the pleasure of interviewing Khloe, a little girl making a big difference by reaching out to homeless people in her community!
Can you describe Khloe Kares and the Work that you do?
Khloe Kares is an organization where I make these really cute bags called “Kare bags” with my grandma. Then we fill these bags with such items as toothbrushes and toothpaste, lotion, socks, conditioner and shampoo, wash cloths, soap, clean shirts, feminine products and other items. The stuff in the bags should last you about a month.
What prompted you to start the organization?
I would see the same homeless people everyday on my was to school. So I started asking my mom why they were there or how they become homeless. And when she would tell me, it made me sad, and I wanted to do something to help.
What advice do you have for other young people who want to make a difference in their communities?
Don’t let your age stop you from doing what you want. You can do anything at any age. And tell your parents about your ideas and get their support.
Our mom has been a big part of our organization. It seems like your family is also very involved in Khloe Kares. Who is involved and what do they do?
My whole family is involved. From my mom driving me around to my grandma helping me make bags and teaching me how to sew. My dad helps with all the heavy stuff, and he helps keep everything organized. All my other family is very supportive.
What do you think the future holds for Khloe Kares?
Well, right now we are getting ready for our toy drive. We are doing things with the Anne Douglass center at the LA Mission on skid row, and we are doing a “paint with me” project with the kids that visit their moms in the shelter. And we have a community potluck coming up around Thanksgiving. I also have a few speaking engagements. So I stay busy! Khloe Kares is here to help the community, and one day I might even have my own community center!
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be a veterinarian. I love animals, and I love watching animal surgeries on YouTube. I got to visit a vet hospital, and I was so excited to be there. I don’t know if I want to specialize in small or large animals just yet.
How would you like to see kids your age get involved in helping others?
I want them to do their part. Get involved in something that will make a difference. It doesn’t have to be like what I’m doing, but it can be something they are interested in.
In what way can others get involved with Khloe Kares?
People can donate items to Khloe Kares, or they can donate money to help with the stuff we buy to fill the bags. My friends that are homeless deserve nice things too, so we give out the good stuff in the Kare bags.