Power of Storytelling | Kayla keeps sick kids smiling — and she makes us smile, too!

March 20, 2018

Kayla Cares 4 Kids is the triumphant outcome of a young girl’s determination in the face of adversity and boredom. Four years ago, when Kayla Abramowitz was just 11 years old, she was making countless hospital trips due to her battle with autoimmune diseases, and so was her brother, Ethan. Kayla not only wanted to help, but she was bedridden and bored, missing out on the things she loved to do. Then, while looking through a stash of DVDs at home and stumbling on some “Thomas the Train” movies, she got a brilliant idea: she could donate the DVDs that no one watched anymore, bringing entertainment to kids who didn’t feel well.

She brought her family on board and began donating DVDs to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, going door-to-door to collect the items. Her initial goal was 100. But then, a local paper ran a news story, and the overwhelmingly positive response poured in. Now, at age 15, Kayla’s efforts have gone far beyond NCH alone. Since its March 2013 inception, Kayla Cares 4 Kids has managed to reach every children’s hospital and Ronald McDonald House in the United States, collecting and donating over 15,000 items across the country. DVDs, video game consoles, video games, DVD players, handheld electronics, and arts and crafts supplies have been delivered to almost 500 facilities.

And this young Founder and Chief Kid Officer shows no signs of slowing down! Check out her story on NBC Nightly News. And check out her page here

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