8-Year-Old Launches Charity for the Needy

Oneida, TN (2017-12-07) An 8-year-old Scott County girl has launched her own charity to help those less fortunate this holiday season.

Kaidance Lewallen, age 8, of Huntsville has always had a heart for others, and this holiday season she wants to give to the homeless and less fortunate.  Earlier this month, she launched Kai’s Heart, a charity to aid those in need.  “She came to her mother and I wanting to start a charity, so she could hold fundraisers and events to help send love and warmth to the less fortunate,” said Kris Lewallen, Kai’s father.

As her first project, Kai has decided to hold a drive to collect coats, hats, socks, scarves, blankets and comforters for the homeless in Scott and surrounding counties.  The first collection will be held Saturday, December 9, 2017 at El Rey’s Mexican Restaurant in the Oneida Plaza.  Future plans include feeding the homeless, blessing boxes for the needy, and one day, opening a soup kitchen.

Kai is also an animal lover, who is eyeing a career as a veterinarian.  As part of her charitable effort, she hopes to start a small animal rescue like the Gentle Barn in Knoxville.

“She has a huge heart and wants to be the voice for the voiceless,” her father said.