Around the world, kids make a difference

May 16th, 2017 | By

Here in Des Moines, we are almost exactly in the middle of the U.S.A. The boy and girl we featured in this article live in Texas and California. That means they are hundreds of miles away from us, but they help people all over the world!

Read about the amazing things Khloe and Austin are doing to support kids and families. Then tell us if you or kids you know right here in Des Moines are doing great things for our community or for the world. You might just see those local stories in a future issue of Des Moines MOVE.


Khloe Thompson founded Khloe Kares when she was just nine years old because she wanted to help the homeless people she saw on her way to school every day.

Khloe Kares

When she was just eight years old, Khloe decided she wanted to “make the world a better place.” She does that by showing all her neighbors – even those who don’t have homes or jobs – that they are “loved and cared for, no matter what their situation is.”

Khloe lives in the Los Angeles, California, area. To help those who are less fortunate, she takes “Kare Bags” to them. She is the same age as a lot of kids reading Des Moines MOVE, and she is proving that age has nothing to do with your ability to make a difference in your community and world.

More than 700 bags have been distributed in the L.A. area, thanks to Khloe Kares. Khloe sews many of the bags herself, and almost 8,000 items – like socks, toothbrushes, soaps, and washcloths – have been donated to fill the bags.

Khloe says, “You’re never too young to make a difference!”

You can read more about Khloe Kares at

Austin Gutwein raised $3,000 by shooting free throws when he was just eight years old. Today, at 21, he is a successful fundraiser, author, and college student!

Hoops of Hope

One day, nine-year-old Austin watched a video that showed children who had lost their parents to the disease called AIDS. He wanted to help those kids, so he decided to shoot basketball free throws on World AIDS Day to raise awareness. That day, back in 2004, Austin and his friends and family collected almost $3,000 to give hope, food, clothing, and shelter to eight children.

That’s how Hoops of Hope was born.

Today, Hoops of Hope is the biggest basketball shoot-a-thon in the world, and Austin has raised more than $3 million for children whose parents died of AIDS. Thousands of participants and teams from around the world now take part in the event every year!

Teams are formed at elementary schools just like yours, at middle schools, as part of recreation programs, and even by groups of neighbors and friends!

Like Khloe of Khloe Kares, Austin believes that “anyone, no matter what their age or skills, can make a difference.”

You can read more about Hoops of Hope at



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