Caraway teen's project in honor of best friend goes national

(Source: KAIT)
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Bailey Kellums (Source: Lexi Roberson)
Bailey Kellums (Source: Lexi Roberson)

CARAWAY, AR (KAIT) - A Caraway teen known for giving is taking her large heart for society to Washington D.C.

Lexi Roberson, 13, is known as a giver and is even considered a home-town celebrity in Caraway.

She's taken on numerous projects over the past few years to provide for others in need.

Roberson, a Riverside High School student, is one of two students in Arkansas who won a Prudential Spirit of Community Award for making a difference in her community.

She'll represent Arkansas in Washington D.C. at the end of April where she'll get to experience many different activities.

She's also taking a meaningful project with her, which is 'Books for Bailey.'

"It's a project in memory of my best friend," Roberson said.

The project is in honor of Bailey Kellums, also a Caraway teenager. She passed away in 2016.

"Books for Bailey came about because when we first met, she talked about how all they would do at the hospital when she was sick was color," she said. "So, she wanted me to help her get this started to help collect coloring books and colors for the kids at St. Jude's."

Roberson is packing the project in her suitcase and taking it with her to Washington D.C. to share with other children.

Meanwhile, she's out doing the leg work.

Roberson's set up multiple drop boxes at various locations in Craighead County for people to drop-off new or gently used books for kids and teens.

When she goes to Washington D.C. at the end of April, she'll hand deliver the collected books to school children in honor of her friend.

"It's like I'm keeping her memory alive," Roberson said. "She was my best friend and to know that everyone knows who she is, that's just really honorable. It's like she's still there with me, like she's going all the way to Washington with me, even though she's not here. Her memory is still alive, that's for sure."

Roberson is also collecting soda tabs to send to the Ronald McDonald House in Memphis.

She said the organization will exchange the tabs for money to help fund childhood cancer treatments.

There are books and soda tabs drop-offs at the Old Fashion Café in Caraway, Lake City Courthouse, Riverside Highschool, Hawks Auto in Osceola, Farmer's Parts and Supplies in Joiner and Casey's General store in Jonesboro on Caraway Road.

The deadline to make a donation is April 6.

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