Jonesboro child succeeding at fighting hunger

Jonesboro child succeeding at fighting hunger
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - UPDATE Oct. 19: Kyla Carmack earned national recognition on Wednesday just two days after Region 8 News shared her story on fighting hunger.

Frito-Lay and NicePak reached out to the 7-year-old girl to applaud her efforts in helping people in need.

Nice Pak donated a pallet of baby wipes to Kyla's campaign 'Kyla Cares.'

Frito-Lay contacted Kyla on Wednesday for a telephone meeting.

At just 6-years-old, a Region 8 girl set out last August to make a difference in her community and now she has her own campaign to show for it.

"You know I'm a busy person," Kyla Carmack chuckled.

She is busy fighting hunger under her Kyla Cares campaign all while being a dedicated student at Westside Elementary School.

As a Craighead County 4-H member, Kyla paid a visit to the Helping Neighbors Food Pantry in Jonesboro last August to volunteer.

"One day when I went to the pantry I saw so many people that didn't have enough food," Kyla said.

Those families inspired her to make a difference.

"On the way home I said, are there really people out there that don't have enough," she said. "My mom said yes, so I started this to make a difference."

Maleigha Cook, the county extension agent for Craighead County 4-H, said Kyla Cares has soared since then.

"She instantly made little flyers," Cook said. "She asked me if we could have a food drive and I thought 'My gosh, I have a six-year-old coming in asking to do a food drive'," Cook said.

So, on her own, Kyla made it happen.

"Her initial drive almost brought in nearly 300 pounds of food and it's continued to be a monthly thing since," Cook said.

Kyla has helped hundreds of families fighting hunger in a year's time. She only hopes now to take her campaign further.

"I would like to spread it all over the world," Kyla said.

Cook has just as much confidence in Kyla as the 7-year-old has in herself.

"By the time she's an adult, I have no doubt that it can actually become a worldwide campaign," Cook said.

Kyla told Region 8 News she is thankful for the community and their efforts to donate to her great cause. She hopes the donations continue.

"I ask them if they can go buy us a little more extra when they go to the store and donate it to the Kyla Cares campaign," she said.

Kyla takes every donated item to the Helping Neighbors Food Pantry for volunteers to disburse to needy families accordingly.

Anyone interested in contributing to Kyla's campaign can drop donations off at 611 East Washington Avenue Suite A in Jonesboro.

They accept more than just food items. They accept toiletry items, cleaning supplies, and baby supplies.

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