9-Year-Old Starts Her Own Charity Making Care Packages for Homeless Women

By Sherley Boursiquot, Epoch Times
June 7, 2016 Updated: June 7, 2016

Nine-year-old Khloe Thompson of Orange County, California, started her own charity, Khloe Kares, when she was just eight years old.

The charity provides homeless women with useful personal items, which comes inside colorful shoulder bags, called Kare bags.

These items include: soap, lotion, toothbrush and toothpaste, socks, and feminine products.

According to Khloe’s mom, Alisha, Khloe was influenced by her great-grandmother, who does a lot of missionary work with the homeless community and different organizations.

Khloe’s great-grandmother taught her how to sew the shoulder bags as well, Alisha told Epoch Times.

“My grandma is a very patient teacher,” Alisha said, “She taught Khloe the basics of sewing and, with time, she got better and better,” adding that Khloe “caught on pretty quick.”

On average, Khloe makes 5-10 bags a week, “We keep bags in our car so if we see a homeless person we go and pass them out,” Alisha said.

She also stressed that it did not interfere with Khloe’s school work; Khloe would pass her Kare bags before and after school, and on the weekends, she said.

“And now that she is out of school, we are able to dedicate more time to Khloe Kares,” Alisha said.

Khloe, who received all A’s and two B’s this school year, told Epoch Times she wants to do this “forever.”

Khloe Thompson adding items to her Kare bags. (Photo courtesy of Alisha Thompson)

Khloe doesn’t just pass out these bags and leave, however. She “takes the time to sit and talk to these women,” Alisha said.  “She talks to them as if they are her friends.”

“Khloe treats every person she comes in contact with respect,” she said.  

The young entrepreneur makes sure she introduces herself first—afterward, she explains what she is giving them. She then hands them the bags, and that’s how a conversation would normally start. 

(Photo courtesy of Alisha Thompson)

When asked who pays for the Kare bags, Alisha said they set up a Gofundme account:

At first, the items were purchased by us and we were just buying things with the extra money we had. We started posting on our social media that she wanted to do her Kare bags and people started donating to help her out. In addition, the making of the bags, our grandma had extra fabric to help make the bags. Thankful now, we have a budget from the money we have raised on her Gofundme account.

They have surpassed their goal of $10,000 and have raised a total of $13,313 as of Tuesday afternoon. 

Although, for now, Khloe gets help from her family members, who are very supportive, she wants help from her friends, too. 

“They could see what it’s like to pass out the bags and see how it is on the streets,” Khloe said. 

When Khloe is not outside handing out her Kare bags, she likes “reading, playing outside, playing with my little sister and playing on my iPad,” she said.