Lexi Kelly had a life-changing experience when she was just 12-years-old. Kelley had to undergo facial re-constructive surgery after a bad car accident. But something good came out of Kelley’s bad situation. Kelley says the support of her friends and family during that time inspired her to start the non-profit organization, Kids Helping Kids.
Now, four years later, Kelley is being recognized for her efforts in a book called Stand Up! Kelley is one of 75 young activists featured in the book. Her 3-page chapter tells the story behind Kids Helping Kids.
The Stamford-based organization helps people in the community through youth-led service projects. Kelley says more than 40 schools and over 50 kids are now involved in KHK. She says many local businesses have also been supportive.
Over the years, KHK volunteers have provided food and clothing to those in need, collected and donated over 19,000 pairs of shoes and more than 60,000 books, and even traveled to Nicaragua to help children there. Kelley says she loves making a difference in peoples' lives.