Kids! of the Month
Amazing Kids! is proud to highlight the Amazing Kids! of the Month!
month, we showcase kids who are accomplishing amazing
things. We hope that by telling their special stories, we will inspire
other kids to accomplish their own amazing achievements.
Kid! of the Month for October, 2008:
“The more children help, the better the world will be. Every person can make a difference.”
Ashlee Smith, Age 9
Our October 2008 Amazing Kid! of the Month:
At the age of 8, Ashlee Smith of Reno, Nevada heard about the Angora fire in neighboring California, she knew she had to do something for the little victims of the disaster...especially since she and her family had had first-hand experience previously as victims of a house fire themselves.
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When Ashlee Smith's father, a firefighter, was battling the Angora fire that devastated South Lake Tahoe, California in 2007, she wanted to help. But her idea for helping was different from the way people have traditionally helped fire victims in the past, something she knew from first-hand experience.
Even as Ashlee started collecting new toys and gift cards for the victims of the devastating wild fire, her mother, Ericka, was skeptical. “I thought toys were the last thing these kids needed. But, wow, was she right, when you look at it from a kids point of view,” Ericka admits.
And thus, Ashlee's Toy Closet was born.
Soon after, Ashlee started collecting toys for children affected by other natural disasters. In July of 2008, she delivered thousands of toys to children devastated by wildfires that raced through the hills of Chico and Concow in California. Recently, she gave toys to a 7 year old boy who lost his home when a fire ravaged his neighborhood in Reno, Nevada.
She thinks of her parents as her biggest mentors. “Mom and Dad help me with well...everything,” Ashlee tells us. She really looks up to her dad. “Dad's job is done when the fire is out, but my job begins right after that.” she explains.
Not surprisingly, Ashlee's Toy Closet has grown by leaps and bounds thanks to the amazing amount of energy Ashlee pours into her project to make it successful. In 2008, Ashlee earned the 'Red Cross Youth Real Hero's Award' for her "endless dedication to helping children." Also in 2008, she received the 'Outstanding Northern Nevada Youth Heroes Award' and 'Kohl's Kids Who Care' scholarship and was featured in People Magazine.
When she is not collecting and distributing toys for young fire victims, Ashlee loves school, rodeo and helping others. Her goals include becoming a vet and a barrel racer.
As far as Ashlee's Toy Closet is concerned, Ashlee has big plans in mind for her organization's future. Extremely dedicated to her mission of helping children who have been affected by disasters, Ashlee wants her organization to grow so that she can help children in other communities and states as well. She wants to take Ashlee's Toy Closet to the national level and be able to help each and every child that suffers a disaster.
“You do not have to be an adult to make a difference and you never know until you try,” she says.
To find out how you can help kids in your own community, visit Amazing Kids!' Launch My Dream! Initiative information page: http://www.amazing-kids.org/launchmydream.html.
It's no secret...every person has an "amazing-ness" inside of them, just waiting to be discovered. (Sometimes we just need a little help in finding out what that "amazing-ness" is!)
If you are doing some amazing things too, we want to hear about it! Send us your stories about your amazing accomplishments, so we can tell the world just how amazing you are! We are always looking for new stories. And don't be shy! We'd love to hear from you!
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