There’s not anything Jaylinn Owens loves more than assisting others.
The rising 2nd-grader in the back of Kids Helping Kids was all smiles Saturday at her first Back to School Bash to help foster kids, which she organized with the help of Shoals CASA.
Children accumulated at the Rogersville Splash Pad Park for meals, games, music, face portray and a bouncy house.
“She wants to stuff 100 backpacks with faculty components,” stated Andrea Holt, government director of Shoals CASA. “That’s her aim, whilst this challenge is achieved.”
Several attendees introduced faculty materials to donate on the event, however, Holt stated the proceeds can even assist them to buy greater elements.
Jaylinn stated her preferred a part of the Back to School Bash changed into the cakewalk, which becomes made possible by donations of baked items from local church buildings.
Age of Grace, a band from her church, also executed at the event.
“There had been lots of humans inside the Rogersville community which have a form of gotten behind her due to the fact that this is wherein she lives and goes to school,” Holt said. “The reach of this event has even long past into Decatur due to the fact our shaved ice maker is from Decatur. It’s gotten a whole lot of exposure for certain.”
While Jaylinn is understood for her worrying heart, she started out looking for larger approaches to help others late final 12 months, according to Jaylinn’s mother, Larah Shelton.
She determined to buy food for a mom and youngsters in need on the time and has due to the fact held a Christmas celebration to acquire gifts to donate—some thing she is planning to do once more this year. That turned into approximately whilst she related with Shoals CASA.
“The idea of Jaylinn’s want to assist other youngsters—maybe youngsters in foster care—came to our attention, and from that point, we’ve got hooked up a relationship with Jaylinn, and she has at some stage in the 12 months worked on ideas and ways that she will constantly carry awareness to the desires of different youngsters and get her network concerned,” Holt defined.
Holt started the concept for the Back to School Bash came out of a conversation on Jaylinn’s lower back porch about what she desired to do subsequent.
Jaylinn stated she wanted to collect faculty elements after talking to two recently adopted students at her faculty.
“I figured out that I desired to assist them to be able to get greater stuff,” she said.
From that factor, Jaylinn recruited her friends to help out or even related to groups in Florence and Rogersville to donate things like raffle prizes and the inflatables.
Shelton stated they’re hoping to preserve the occasion annually.
“For Jaylinn to have the type of ardor that she does approximately helping other people—we had been pleased on the way to use her imagination and her motivation to help children understand that all people can assist children in foster care,” Holt said. “You may even be a primary-grader and nonetheless do extraordinary things.
“Not handiest has she just attempted to help in approaches, however, she’s surely sat down with me and requested the great way to assist, so she’s actually being inclusive in seeking to become aware of the needs of our network after which use her efforts in a very productive manner.”
Kids Helping Kids continues to be accepting financial and item donations to help Jaylinn attain her goal. Holt suggested the ones involved to attain out to Kids Helping Kids through their Facebook page.