Oregon Teen Starts Kindness Campaign

Daily Point of Light # 6060 Aug 7, 2017
Carlie Steele raising awareness about intellectual disablities at an "r" word assembly./Courtesy Melissa Steele

Twelve-year-old Carlie Steele is on a mission to spread kindness in her hometown of Amity, Oregon. Since founding Carlie’s Kindness Campaign three years ago, the preteen has collected more than $2000 worth of toys for children undergoing chemotherapy, and she has gathered supplies for military servicemen and women overseas, including toiletries, games and DVDs. Carlie also started a campaign to raise awareness for people with intellectual disabilities that is designed to help eradicate the use of the derogatory “r” word and replace it with words like “rad,” “radiant” and “rockin’.” This fall, she will kick off her first annual Family 5K run, Kindness Rocks, to benefit the Make a Wish Foundation, and in November she plans to hold a community luncheon to benefit veterans in honor of Veteran’s Day.

Jia Gayles