LOS ANGELES — Awards don’t do much for Khloe Thompson.
They are nice to receive, but Thompson would much rather be somewhere filtering some form of goodwill to a stranger.
Instead of being someplace where praise is being bestowed on her for all the charitable work she does, Thompson prefers to be putting together care packages for the homeless.
In November, Thompson was getting a lot of praise and love from a lot of affluent and influential people at the 2017 Vanguard Awards. The annual event, sponsored by Al Sharpton’s National Action Network in partnership with Lord, Bush & Randolph, LLC, is a who’s who list of African-American heavy hitters in Los Angeles being recognized for what they are doing for the betterment of their community.
Thompson was honored with the Junior Social Justice Award for giving the homeless hope. Everything started for the 10-year-old fifth grade student when she spotted a homeless person as she was walking home with her mother. That encounter weighed heavily on Thompson’s mind.
“I felt sad,” Thompson said. “It was really upsetting.”
That moment was so unnerving for Thompson that she decided she wanted to do something about it. With the help of her grandmother, Thompson started putting together strings of bags consisting of toothpaste, hand sanitizer, deodorant and other toiletries to pass out to those on the streets.
To Thompson this was something she wanted to do to make a difference in someone else’s life.
“It was my idea. I’ve had a kind heart for a while,” Thompson said.
Thompson’s kind heart and generosity for the less fortunate has garnered her recognition from People magazine and national accolades from other media outlets. She’s hung out at red carpet events with celebrities as the gushing and marveling of her goodwill spreads.
Achieving fame, however, is not why Thompson chose to reach out to help others. Her heart tells her it’s the right thing to do.
“I don’t do it for the awards,” Thompson said. “[Care packages are] just something to help them.”
Care packages have become small potatoes to what Thompson really wants to do. She envisions one day that she will be able to have her own community center where she can assist people with gainful employment and other aspects of their life. She also wants to make Khloe Kares an international entity that is able to transform lives all over the globe.
“I want to go worldwide,” she said.
Thompson’s voice of inspiration may be felt by many in Los Angeles and Orange counties, but she receives her dose of encouragement from people who live in the same household.
“My mom, my dad and my family, they keep inspiring me to inspire others,” she said.
The kind of inspiration that Thompson has injected into thousands of lives was why she was recognized at the 2017 Vanguards Awards.
“It was a big deal for my mom and my dad,” Thompson said. “I’m just doing it from my heart.”
Alisha Thompson, Khloe’s mother, was astounded that her daughter was chosen to be honored among so many powerful people.
“It was really awesome,” Alisha Thompson said. “It was just a great night. It was a big deal for me. I think when she gets older, this kind of stuff will resonate.”
Khole Kares will be ushering in the Christmas holiday with a Kare Bag Day Dec. 23, when she will be handing out care packages and holiday scarves to people living in a homeless encampment along the Santa Ana River in Orange County.