A Hawaii teen, Rylee Brooke Kamahele has been honored for motivating the youth to organize Christmas celebrations for the needy children coupled with initiating different volunteer opportunities for the young ones.
Right from time, Rylee Brooke Kamahele has always volunteered with her parents in a program for at-risk youth, but on reaching 8 years, she decided to impact lives on her own.
We had to fight for me to get involved, because programs didn’t want to babysit kids during community service.Rylee Brooke Kamahele
After much hardwork and persistence, she successfully persuaded charitable organizations to allow her volunteer with them—and along with her, other young people were recruited.
From here, she started “Love Is A Verb” – an organization involved in numerous beach cleanups, offering thanksgiving dinners for the homeless, and entertained kids at shelters. During Thanksgiving week, Rylee and her team passed out 320 turkeys with the NFL running back Marshawn Lynch.
However, the sweetest of all her projects so far is her “Secret Santa Project” that makes Christmas brighter for children in need of holiday cheer. She holds donation drives and raises money to provide gifts for kids staying in shelters—and then hosts holiday parties for them.
This project has since expanded to include three shelters and one youth program, treating more than 300 kids to a memorable day with food, gifts, games, shaved-ice trucks and slush machines.
All through the pandemic Rylee continued in her volunteer efforts and during this holiday season is continuing food distributions for needy families.
Included among the Top Youth Volunteers of America by the 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, Rylee Brooke is one of those young ones that make us remember the true meaning of holidays.