In the United States, 21st birthdays are usually a time of unique celebration. For Kaleigh, she chose to use it as a time to truly make a difference! Imagine a world where everyone decided to use their birthdays to help others? You inspire us, Kaleigh!
"On April 22, one of my best friends, Maya, threw me a 1920's party for my 21st birthday. Everyone came dressed in classy, Great Gatsby style outfits. It was a night full of fun, friends, food, and dancing! What made the night even more amazing was that all the while we were raising money to help a child go to school.
I started thinking about donating three weeks before my party. It started with a desire to do something greater as I go into my 21st year of life. I have had opportunities to travel to third world countries and see the poverty that overtakes much of the world. I thought about the children that are living in poverty; who do not have the same access to an education that I have. I also desire to live a life to the full through God (John 10:10) and I fully believe that being able to give back in this way is apart of that. As I began thinking about ways that I could give for my 21st birthday, JamQuest was one of the first non-profit organizations that came to mind. As I thought about my party, I realized this was a perfect opportunity! The event had already been planned and all I had to do was get the word out about donating money! It was that simple!
From the event we raised $423 which went above and beyond my goal of $365! I am so grateful to have had this opportunity and to have been able to witness a miracle like this from God!"