More than 100 kids will have a much brighter holiday season thanks to a stranger who adopted them.
Carolynn Smith is a mentor at the Wilbert Davis Boys and Girls Club in Tampa, Fla. According to WFST, when she found out the kids didn’t have a sponsor for the annual holiday party, she immediately stepped in to help.
Usually, a big corporation or a big name steps up to help the kids, but not this year. Smith wanted to do whatever she could to make sure they had a memorable holiday.
“These kids don’t get to experience running out to a Christmas tree and having gifts like other kids do. So even though 125 kids sounds like a lot of kids to adopt or sponsor, it really is nothing compared to all the kids in our community,” Smith said, according to WTSP.
Smith started a GoFundMe page to raise money for the kids. After just a few days, the page has topped its $3,500 goal.
She says she still need more funding to cover decorations and food costs for the kids. She said she is also looking for about 20 volunteers to help out at the event.
The holiday party will be held on Dec. 15 from 4 to 6 p.m.
“People don’t think a holiday party is a big deal for kids, but they don’t realize the small gifts they get from this event are the only gifts some kids get all year,” Smith said. “You can’t make a difference in the world unless you start in your own community. You can’t help everyone but everyone can help someone.”