12-year-old Louisville girl creates charity to give back to community
A Louisville girl is working to make a difference in her community through a charity she created.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville 12-year-old has collected 100 toys for local kids in need and more than 500 food items for those who go hungry.
Now she's moving on to her next service project: a book drive just in time for school.
Olivia Allen is using her gift for kindness and teaching others how to better their community. She created "Girls Giving For Good" in January.
The organization teaches other girls about and how to do community service.
"Because all youth needs to know it's good to do community service and it doesn't take much," Allen said.
Inspiration for the charity struck three years ago when Allen was driving with her mom.
"Mommy, every time I see a homeless person I want to buy them a house. She was like 'okay, well I don't t think we can do that'," Allen said..
Now she's getting other kids to think beyond themselves. Joining the organization means participating in projects to make the world a better place.
"There are people that aren't as privileged as I am, and there are kids who aren't as privileged as I am, and I really just want to help them in any way I can," she said..
In addition to her day-to-day good deeds like "Blessing Bags," which she gives out to people on the streets, she also does bigger events. A toy drive for local kids at Christmas collected more than 100 gifts, and a food drive she hosted ended with more than 500 items collected during the event.
Now, just in time for back to school, her next venture is a book drive. Teaming up with Kosair Charities, donations of new books will be accepted at the Barnes and Noble on Hurstbourne Parkway.
"When I did my toy drive almost one-third to one-half of those toys were books and they said that was really helpful," Allen said.
A simple, kind thought that's turned into a movement.
The book drive runs through Aug. 20. A voucher for a portion of your purchase to go toward buying more books can be downloaded online.
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