When nine-year-old Khloe Thompson sat back and thought about all the essentials she uses every day, she made a realization that inspired her to take action and help homeless women in her community.
So much of the devastation that comes along with homelessness is the loss of dignity. Without access to the everyday essentials we tend to take for granted like hot showers and toothbrushes, people experiencing homelessness are forced to add another source of heartache to the list.
That's why Thompson knew exactly what she needed to do when she took note of just how many homeless women she passed in the streets near her home in Southern California.
In that moment, Khloe Kares was born. The amazing girl was only eight years old when she ideated the initiative, proving that you're never too young to make a difference.
With a little help from her great-grandmother, she sews reusable bags to hand out to struggling members of the community.
"I would think that they could have a nice, sturdy bag that they could keep forever, and it wouldn't just break like a plastic bag," she explained to PopSugar Celebrity.
When the bags are finished, she fills them with all the essentials women need to feel their best, like lotion, deodorant, and toothbrushes.
Mom was unsure about how the project would be received at first, but when she saw people's reactions, she knew that her daughter's instincts steered her in the right direction. "Thankfully, Khloe has something about her that people warm up to really quickly," she said.
Although every response means so much to Thompson, what one woman had to say really struck a chord.
"You make me feel like a human being," she said to the young lady who reached out to help her. The fact that her generosity improved someone's outlook on life is something the do-gooder won't soon forget.
And the homeless women she's helping aren't the only ones who have changed by standing in Khloe Thompson's light.
According to Mom, "She has kind of opened our eyes to be more helpful, to be more respectful, and to just be more aware."
To learn more about her incredible mission, check out the video below.
Age is just a number, especially when it comes to giving back. .
Whether you're nine years old or you just celebrated your 80th birthday, charity has nothing to do with age. It has to do with a boundless sense of compassion and a deep understanding of empathy that can't really be taught.
If you'd like to learn more about Khloe Kares, be sure to visit Thompson's website.