Since July 2012, Kamrie’s Colorful Creations has raised over $20,000 in goods and donations to benefit children in need. She created “JUST1” Day which was recognized by The Russellville Mayor and proclaimed as a city holiday. She has spoken to over 250 kids about child homelessness and has recruited well over 400 people to volunteer their time to help with her service projects.
Kamrie has received the following awards for her community service:
1) “2013 Citizen of the Year” by the Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce, Jan 2014,
2) “Outstanding Community Service” award by the Dover Area Chamber of Commerce, Feb 2014
3) $1,000 Kohl’s Cares Scholarship for secondary education, July 2014
4) $1,000 Youth Summer of Service Award from Youth Service America, Oct 2014
5) Sweet letter from Andrea Lea, House of Representatives
Here are a few ways Kamrie’s Colorful Creations has been making a difference:
donated $2,000 to an 11yr old cancer patient & $500 to a 5yr old cancer patient, donated $5,000 to The Southern Christian Home in Morrilton, AR, became a nonprofit organization (at the age of 9yrs old),
hosted an annual backpack drive collecting 344 backpacks, united with 4 elementary schools to host a food drive collecting 3,805 food items for kids,
donated 25 suitcases on wheels for foster kids, 50 large suitcases for Southern Christian Home,
105 pairs of shoes to five different schools, donated the following to The Southern Christian Home: Dump truck load of pea gravel for the playground, vacuum cleaner, 7 curling wands, 8 hair dryers, 7 hair straighteners, lots of Axe toiletries and hair accessories
BACKGROUND: In July 2012, 9yr old Kamrie, a 4th grader at Dover Elementary started making hair ribbons to stay busy during her summer vacation. She told her mom that she wanted to try to sell some and raise money for an orphanage. Even though her parents didn’t think she would sell any except to a few family members, they wanted to support her. Kamrie talked her dad into letting her take her ribbons to her brother’s baseball games. She walked around peddling her $3 and $4 hair ribbons to complete strangers and the rest is history. Just six weeks after she started, she had raised $1,000 from her hair ribbons. Since the Ewings didn’t know of any orphanages, her dad told her to pray about where she wanted to donate it. Three days later, Kamrie said that she was sure that she wanted to donate the money to an 11 yr old cancer patient who she had heard about over the past few weeks. Her mom arranged the meeting and took Kamrie over to meet the little girl. As Kamrie and her mom were pulling out of the driveway, after donating the money, Kamrie said, “Mama, I wanna do it again!” She felt so good about working so hard, accomplishing a huge goal and being able to help another child. To 9yr old Kamrie, $1,000 was enormous. She had never held that much money and to her, that much money could save the world! A few months later, she had raised another $2,000 for the same little girl.
In December 2012, Kamrie heard about The Southern Christian Home in Morrilton, AR. This is a place that at the time 49 foster kids called home. Kamrie decided that she wanted to raise $100 for those kids for Christmas (remember, to a 9yr old, $100 is a ton of money) and she came up with an idea involving bookmarks. With her mom’s help announcing it on facebook, Kamrie’s “Operation Bookmark Happiness” was launched. They decided to ask 5 people to sponsor a teacher for $20 and Kamrie would make a bookmark out of her ribbon scraps for each student in the class. If 5 people would do it, Kamrie would have the $100 that she wanted to give to The Southern Christian Home. Well, 5 days later, 106 teachers had been sponsored in 4 different states! She raised over $2,000 in just 5 days! Twenty five volunteers helped her make 2,800 bookmarks. Kamrie thought that $100 was a lot of money but $2,000 was more money than she ever imagined she would be able to donate to the orphanage.
Kamrie told her mom that she “never wants to quit”. She followed up the bookmarks with a garage sale where they asked the community to donate items. She ended up with 8 truckloads of garage sale items helping to raise another $2,100 which she again donated to The Southern Christian Home.
Little by little, she has had projects going all year long. In March2013, at the age of 9, she became a nonprofit organization which she named Kamrie’s Colorful Creations. She had a backpack drive that summer to collect backpacks for 66 foster kids in Pope County. She eneded up collecting 144 backpacks. She was able to give every foster child in the county a new backpack and then she donated the remaining backpacks to two local elementary schools for their after school food programs.
With the help of her principal, Mr Daniels, she held a food drive last November and challenged area schools to participate. Each school would get to keep the food that it collected in order to help the children in need in that school. Dover, Danville, Westside and Hector participated and together they collected 3,805 food items for kids who don’t have enough food to eat on the weekends.
Kamrie has sold t-shirts and even had a tye-dye booth at the Pope County Fair and at the Ozark Memories Days Festival. She finished the 2nd Annual Operation Bookmark Happiness and had 75 teachers sponsored helping to raise another $1,500 for kids in need. She was invited to be a guest speaker via skype to a middle school humanitarian club in California which was a lot of fun for Kamrie. She loves meeting new people and making new friends. She was invited to speak to 75-4th graders at Old Wire Elementary School in Rogers, AR and she had a blast. She took a petition that she asked all of the kids to sign. By signing, they were pledging to do something nice for another kid that day. She read a book to them about homelessness which was written by a girl who started a nonprofit at the age of 5yrs old to help homeless people throughout Canada. She took bookmark supplies and let the students make bookmarks. Kamrie has since spoken to over 250 kids about child homelessness, kids in need and how one person can make a difference. She is not shy and has a huge heart for the less fortunate. Her mission is to not only help kids in need but to educate others about children in need and child homelessness. Some of the information that she shares when she speaks to kids is that childhood needs are all around us.
Her motto which she learned from her pastor is: “If you can’t help 100, Help JUST ONE”. It’s hard for you or me to help 100 children but you and I can help JUST ONE child. If each of us would just help one child, together we will help 100 children. We are excited to see what 2014 has in store for Kamrie’s Colorful Creations. Kamrie loves helping kids and she has some big ideas for some projects this year. With God’s help, she will continue to be able to help kids in need.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” ~James 1:27
ABOUT THE WORLD WE LIVE IN TODAY:
1) In America, every 4 1/2 hours a child commits suicide
2) In America, every 32 seconds a child is born into poverty
3) In America, every 47 seconds a child is abused or neglected
4) In America, every 7 hours a child is killed by abuse or neglect
5) In America, every 19 seconds a baby is born to an unmarried mother
6) In America, every 82 seconds a baby is born to a teen mother
7) In America, every 2 minutes a baby is born at low birth weight
8) In America, every 20 minutes a baby dies before his or her first birthday
ABOUT ARKANSAS RIGHT NOW:
1) In Arkansas, every 47 minutes a child is abused or neglected
2) In Arkansas, every day a child dies before his or her first birthday
3) In Arkansas, 11,105 children are victims of abuse and neglect annually
4) In Arkansas, 3,732 children are in need of foster care
5) In Arkansas, 36,392 grandparents are raising their grandchildren
Data was compiled from the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington D.C., current thru January 2014