“Khloe represents a generation of awake and engaged young people who are not only creating the world we want to see tomorrow – they are designing the world we experience today,” said Natalye Paquin, president and CEO of Points of Light. “There is a seismic shift that occurs when someone in need is cared for, and with every Kare Bag she delivers, Khloe is driving transformative change in her community and lighting the path for people of all ages to step forward and say, ‘I can help.'”
Khloe Thompson was just 8 years old when she was introduced to the issue of homelessness in her community. After seeing women and families living on the street in her native Irvine, California, she knew she wanted to help. In 2015, she founded Khloe Kares, a nonprofit organization that distributes “Kare Bags” filled with toiletries and necessities for Los Angeles’ homeless community. Each sturdy, handmade bag includes a two-to three-month supply of toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, lotion, feminine hygiene products, socks and underwear.
Since Khloe Kares launched, more than 5,000 Kare Bags have been handed out to those in need through partnerships with local companies, churches and nonprofit organizations. Khloe is equally passionate about inspiring other kids her age to create change, proving that there is no age limit on the impact an individual can have in their community, and around the world.
“Being 12, I like to be the example that at any age you are capable of making an impact,” said Khloe. Never let your age stop you from being the next changemaker. I am hopeful that kids all over the world will step up and make a difference. Receiving The George H.W. Bush Points of Light Award is such a huge honor that will inspire others.”