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Q&A With the Kayla Cares 4 Kids Founder, Kayla Abramowitz

How One Child is Eradicating Boredom for Hospital-Bound Kids One DVD At a Time
by Deborah Song on Nov 30th, 2016

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CC: What are some obstacles you had to overcome?

KA: Our biggest obstacle and we’re kind of running into it now – it’s just areas where we can place the items. For a really long time, we had all the items that we’re getting just stored in our living room and our garage and even in my room and my brother’s room. It was kind of getting to the point of ridiculousness. Then somebody donated this storage facility to us. And it has a limited time on it and the owner has generously renewed it once but we’re still looking for an office space to look professional and really have people there to help us with our organization.

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CC: Have you received any feedback from kids who have received DVDs donated through Kayla Cares 4 Kids?

KA: We’ve hand delivered 25 donations. Some places didn’t even have DVD players. Seeing them get to watch their first DVD at the hospital or seeing them play the Xbox for the first time because their family doesn’t have that at home and they can finally play it. And seeing that smile on their face, it’s just heart warming and it shows just how much my organization really helps these kids.

CC: Who are your biggest supporters?

KA: My friends are absolutely fantastic helping my organization. They always want to help out and they are so proud to talk about it to other people.

CC: A lot of people have great ideas but not everyone does something about it. What made you pursue your idea?

KA: I’d always been a shy person before I started my organization. I never really did things. I think just the passion I had in this project of 100 DVDs, I think it really inspired me.

CC: You’ve been doing Kayla Cares 4 Kids for 3 years now. That takes persistence and motivation. How do you keep going?

KA: With all of my medical issues, it’s kind of hard for me to balance all of my schoolwork, going to the hospital and doing my organization. So I was thinking about giving up. Then I had the chance to sit down and start working on my organization again and I just reached inside to the goal I have inside of me and realized all of the good that I do. I definitely think I found the perseverance through my organization. If I hadn’t done this, I think I would be a very shy, shelled up girl, probably playing video games in my room.

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CC: Your accolades are numerous. How does it feel to be recognized?

KA: In the beginning of my organization, I never even considered getting awards for it. I never even thought it would turn into a Nonprofit. I just wanted to donate videos. The fact that people are recognizing me and showing me they care, it means the world to me. But even if I don’t win awards, just the fact that somebody noticed me enough to get me to that level, I’m just so honored.

CC: So what is the goal for Kayla Cares 4 Kids going forward?

KA: I have the ultimate goal of donating to all 250 children’s hospitals [in the U.S.] and all 181 Ronald McDonald houses plus whatever other medical facilities that need assistance.

CC: What do you want to be when you grow up?

KA: I get asked this question a lot, and I never know the answer to it. I think I just want to be something really unique. I don’t know what that entails, but just something fun and unique.

For information on how to get involved with Kayla's Nonprofit organization, visit the Kayla Cares 4 Kids website.

Images courtesy of Kayla Cares 4 Kids

Deborah Song is a Los Angeles-based writer and the mother of two girls. She received her master’s in journalism from New York University and writes about parenting, business and kid entrepreneurship. You can read more of her work at lemonadepost.com.

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