Teen CEO Donates $4K Worth Of Gifts To Underprivileged Kids
This teen made things brighter for 300 kids in his community who are homeless or in foster care.
A 15-year-old CEO is showing that his compassion for others goes well beyond his years.
Parker Krex came up with the business plan for his LEGO subscription box service in his parent's garage when he was nine years old. He had just received his first gamer subscription box and when he saw the contents, a comic book, pair of socks and an air freshener, he was underwhelmed. He thought, "Wouldn't it be awesome to get a box filled with custom LEGO kits every month?"
Now four years later, Parker (with the help of his parents) is the head of his company, Brick Loot, and sends hundreds of kits to subscribers all over the country. This year, he wanted to give back to others in his community, so he partnered with Fill a Heart 4 Kids (FAH4K), a non-profit that gives local homeless youth and foster children in group homes tools and experiences to help them heal.
Here's the Brick Loot van packed with donated gifts for FAH4K...
The kits were personalized and delivered to the kids by Parker himself, just in time for the holidays. The donations totaled over $4,000 and went to children living in 18 local foster homes and shelters, including Chicago's Lydia Home Association.
"I wanted to find a way to bring smiles to kids who don't get gifts for the holidays and I found Fill a Heart 4 Kids," Parker (pictured below) told Patch. "My BRICK Loot boxes provide endless hours of fun and give kids the opportunity to be creative. It's always a good thing to give back and realize not all kids have nice things or get presents for the holidays."
Thanks to Parker, the kids got to play with the LEGO sets and be creative over the winter break from school, just like their classmates – an experience FAH4K says is crucial to restoring their dignity.
“We make sure these children receive special experiences, just like our children," Ann McAveeney, the organization's founder, told ABC-7 Chicago . “That gift is like a lifeline to a child. [It] will help that child feel so loved."
Inspired by Parker's awesome act of kindness? If you're near the Chicago area, you can sign up to volunteer at one of FAH4K's many charity events . If you're not close to the area, you can support Fill a Heart 4 Kids by purchasing items on their Amazon Wish List . Let's #StartSomethingGood together.