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Roberson proves you’re never too young to make a differenceDate: 06/05/2017
As just a pre-teen Alexis Roberson has become an esteemed resident of Craighead County.
In fact Roberson, who helped to establish the Kindness Konnection civic group, is so respected that she has a day in her honor. Yes – that's correct. In Caraway, there's an officially declared Alexis Roberson Day.
“I'm proud that my community recognized what I was doing," Roberson says. "Having a day named after me, I am delighted. I’m just 12 years old.”
In regard to Kindness Konnection, it’s a means to provide aid for citizens of Caraway and the surrounding communities.
“Kindness Konnection is a group that goes around and helps people in need," Roberson said. "I have a partner who helps me collect donations and also deliver them.”
Alexis' parents, David and Kathy Roberson, are pleased with their daughter's passion for assisting individuals who are in need.
“Alexis has been taught to try and always provide help for people who need assistance," Mrs. Roberson said.
Roberson was recently at the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock as part of a select group of Arkansans who were honored during the 2017 Community Service Awards. The CSA was sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Communications and Community Engagement (OCCE) and KARK Channel 4, in cooperation with McLarty Automotive Group, the Office of the Governor, and the Governor’s Advisory Commission on National Service and Volunteerism.
An avid reader, Alexis enjoys being a source of hope in her community.
Some of her charitable acts include: distributing box fans to senior citizens, providing survivor kits for local first responders, and she once collected coloring books and crayons for a friend who eventually passed away. Ultimately, as several people and organizations began to help with the project – over 1,400 coloring books and 498 boxes of crayons were collected and donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Additionally, during the holiday season she leads a toy drive in order to provide gifts for youths who may not receive anything for Christmas.
She's been active in the flood relief efforts of 2017, providing various items for the effected residents of Northeast Arkansas.
"Alexis recognizing the needs of her community, and then finding ways to address those issues at just the age of 12 is awesome," said Kimberly Simpson, OCCE Volunteer Program Coordinator. "We can all learn from the selflessness and initiative that Alexis exudes."
Alexis' generosity is a byproduct of her wanting to simply put a smile on the faces of all people.
“We’re very proud of all that she does," Mrs. Roberson said. "She just loves to help people.”