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9 Year-Old Mobilizes Entire Community to Help Homeless

Apparently, wisdom is ageless.

Khloe Thompson is a 9-year-old who spends her after-school hours working to ensure the homeless in her community are more comfortable.

Her passion took hold after she noticed the growing homeless epidemic near her home in Southern California. In Los Angeles County, homelessness has increased 23% in the past year – a population of almost 60,000. Khloe told her mother that something had to be done and came up with an idea – Khloe Kares. It’s a project that brings essentials to homeless women in the local community.

 

Inspiring the community
Photo: Khloe Kare’s GoFundMe.

 

Khloe’s great-grandmother taught Khloe how to sew, a skill that she utilizes to make sturdy bags that are meant to last ‘forever’. She thoughtfully fills each tote with basic necessities – deodorant, toothpaste, socks, and feminine products – and hands them out with her parents on ‘Kare Bag Days’. If you’d like to donate supplies or volunteer on a day, check out their calendar.

Khloe told New Sincerity that through this experience she knows she wants to dedicate her life to taking care of others. Her dream is to open a sustainable community center where the homeless both live and work.

“I like to inspire other kids because I’m a kid and I’m making a difference. Other kids can look at me and know that they too can change the world,” Khloe told New Sincerity.

 

 

Khloe’s father, mother, and grandmother noticed the impact her work had and made the organization a priority for themselves as well. Khloe brings a face to the issue, reminding her community that the homeless in their neighborhoods deserve the same respect as anyone else.

Khloe’s mother, Alisha, admits that her daughter’s enthusiasm has cultivated empathy in both the adults and children in the community. Kids at school call Khloe a ‘superstar’ and various friends have become dedicated volunteers in the organization.

“Thanks to my daughter, there’s been a big shift in how we view the homeless community. You really have to sit down with someone who is homeless to understand why or how they got there. Sometimes bad things happen to the wrong people and my daughter helps us remember this,” Alicia told New Sincerity.

Big kudos to Khloe and her family for giving us all a lesson in empathy and making sure their community is seen.

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Claudette Colvin, Original Woman Who Refused to Give Up Her Seat

Before Rosa Parks sat down, there was Claudette.

Most history books forget that Claudette Colvin is an African-American who refused to give up her seat on the bus, nine months before Rosa Parks.

It was March 2nd, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, when Colvin paid her fare and refused to get up from the seat for a white woman. She’d been studying Black history in high school that month and felt inspired by Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth. She felt the spirit of those two women pushing her down in her seat, telling her not to give it up.

“All I remember is that I was not going to walk off the bus voluntarily,” Colvin told NPR. She was put in handcuffs and taken to the local jail.

 

Claudette Colvin, age 15.

 

After the incident, her civil disobedience didn’t make much of a splash. She was young and soon became pregnant. Because of this, her courageous act went all but unnoticed for many years. In fact, people began to think of her as a ‘troublemaker’ within her community and she had difficulty finding employment, and soon moved to New York.

While the court decided she was guilty in her legal case and she was given probation, Colvin did go on to serve as a plaintiff in the historic Browder v. Gayle legal case, which ended the Montgomery Bus Boycott and segregation on public buses in the city.

Many think if it wasn’t for Colvin, the media wouldn’t have paid much attention to Rosa Parks and the movement that followed. For this, we offer her immense gratitude.

If you want to learn the rest of her story, peep her interview with Teen Vogue here. Then go read Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, authored by Phil Hoose.

 

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