LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (KOIN) — A new local non-profit was started by kids, it’s run by kids and it’s all to help kids.
It’s called I Love Lake Oswego and its mission is to help kids feel good about themselves when they go to school.
Some of the girls involved are in high school and some are in junior high but they all have one goal — help other students.
“We want kids to feel like they fit in in school and not have to worry about they look like and appearance in school so that they can focus more on school and what they learn,” 7th grader Erya Qiao said.
The girls had been volunteering with a community closet when they realized they didn’t have one in their own district.
“We decided to make our own because we saw there was a need in our schools and we didn’t want everyone to assume everyone was wealthy in our community because that is definitely not true,” Ella Feuntes said.
Lake Oswego has two Title 1 schools, which have large concentrations of students from low-income families.
The girls formed I love Lake Oswego to help those students, provident them with new or gently used clothes and hygiene bags.
“It makes me feel really good because I always had a roof over my head, food in my belly and stuff, so I fell really good to help people who don’t have that all days of the week,” said Parker Masoe, who is heading into middle school.
Since June, they’ve been collecting clothes and helping students. They have a website and said counselors and school staff will refer students in need to the non-profit.
The older girls said it’s important to have the younger students involved so they can take the reins when others graduate.
“I love giving back to the community and I think it makes me feel good knowing I helped someone,” high schooler Jiexi Qiao said.
I Love Lake Oswego is partnering with Hunger Fighters in Lake Oswego for a food and winter coat drive in the upcoming months.