#GirlsWhoGive: Khloe Thompson, Founder of Khloe Kares
This post is part of #GivingTuesday's #WomenWhoGive series, which celebrates women who are making a difference in their communities. We couldn’t resist sharing the story of Khloe Thompson, who is technically a #GirlWhoGives!
When Khloe Thompson was 8 years old, she began distributing “Kare Bags” filled with socks, underwear, toiletries, and menstrual supplies for Los Angeles’ homeless community. Khloe is proving that her age has nothing to do with her ability to impact the world around her. She believes the only way to understand what’s going on in your community is to go out in the community and see what’s going on.
What inspired you to start giving?
I started giving at a young age. In Kindergarten, I used to give my lunch away to other kids that didn’t have lunch or snacks. One day, when I was in 4th grade, I was on my way to school and I kept seeing a lady who was homeless. Every day I would see her and I wanted to do something to help her out. Her name was Michelle and she inspired me to give back. Seeing her outside every day made me really upset and sad, so I knew I had to do something to make life a little easier for her.
What does giving mean to you? Why do you give your time, talents, money, or more to your community?
Giving back means everything to me. I’m doing my part to help the community. We all have different passions and things we want to do to help and this is mine. I give my time because I’ve met so many amazing women on the streets. I believe the tote bags I make are special because they are made with love and can be reused for their items. My family and I spend our time and money to help the homeless community because I know the more you give, the more you receive. The more we give back, the more people donate for us to continue to give. I also know that I’m making an impact by helping my community and it may inspire other kids to give back as well.
What would you tell others who are looking to start giving back? Share a piece of advice will help them get started.
Don’t let your age stop you from what you want to do. We all have great ideas and you just have to put a plan together and make it happen. Don’t think about money or what you don’t have, just worry about what you do have. And work with that. Find people in your community or family members to help you get started.
Please share a favorite moment or story from when you volunteered or donated to an organization.
One of my favorite moments is when I went to the LA Mission and one lady told me I made her feel human again. She said what I was doing was helping so many women. When I pass out my “Kare Bags” I also give every woman a hug. I feel this is important because everyone needs love.