Kids Care, Inc. will host its inaugural MLK Day of Service Book Drive on Monday, January 16. The event will be held from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Cypress Lakes Park/Splash Pad, 11822 Cypress Creek Lake Drive, Cypress, Texas.

Kelsey and Cambel’s Kids Care, Inc.’s mission is to encourage children and adults to exhibit compassion in action. Since 2018, Kids Care, Inc. has collected books year-round. The inaugural nationwide book drive for National Charity League, Inc. will support several local nonprofit organizations; The Mission of Yahweh Homeless Women’s and Children’s Shelter, Beyond Fostering, and Boys and Girls Country. There is a need for gently used books for children ages 3-12 and for women.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an official day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

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Kelsey and Cambel’s Kids Care will launch its Kids Care Literacy Ambassador program. Childhood literacy efforts are essential to reducing the rates of adult illiteracy. There are approximately 36 million adults in the U.S. who need critical reading, writing, and math skills above a third-grade level, according to ProLiteracy. If literacy can be improved during childhood development, it opens new opportunities for individuals later in life.

About Kelsey and Cambel’s Kids Care, Inc.

Founded in November 2012, Kelsey Cadien and Cambel Cadien were riding in the car with their mother, discussing the many children living in orphanages around the United States and the world. From this conversation, the girls, then ages eight and six, said, “Why don’t we invite our friends over and raise money and collect books and toys for one of the orphanages in Haiti.” Within minutes of beginning the discussion, these young girls happily decided to name their organization Kids Care “because we want people to know that kids care too.”

Since they were toddlers, Kelsey Cadien and Cambel Cadien have served others in the community, their neighborhood, and their family. At the ages of two and four, their first “official” volunteer service was on Thanksgiving Day with the Salvation Army in Beaumont, Texas. They were responsible for greeting homeless citizens as they entered the Salvation Army for a hot Thanksgiving meal and passing out the plastic eating utensils and napkins.

“When you walk in, you see a man asking for money. He looked homeless. What should you do? Should you give the man what he desires? Help the homeless man ran through my mind. Then showing kindness to all people ran through my mind. So I helped the man by giving him money.”- Written by Kelsey Cadien, age 8 (2011). 

Kelsey and Cambel have consistently served and participated in community service. For two years, Kelsey and Cambel were co-hosts for a weekly local news segment entitled “Kids’ Corner, designed to bring information on education, arts, awareness, health, and service opportunities for children. Kelsey and Cambel believe that being a vessel to support and help others is their calling and is just in their hearts. 

Kelsey Cadien is currently a sophomore Political Science/Pre Law track major at Spelman College. Kelsey is a WELS (Women of Excellence in Leadership) Scholar, Spelman College Student Government Association(SGA)-Chief Justice Intern,

S. K. I. R. T. S. (Sister’s Keeping It Real Through Service, Inc.) Internals Committee Member,

Sisters Chapel Chair of Communications and Spelman Chapel Assistant, VP Intern Girls Going Global, Spelman Community Leadership Council, and Ignite-Spelman. Kelsey interned in the 338th Criminal District Court with Judge Ramona Franklin this summer. Kelsey was recently offered internships with the state office of Senator Jon Ossoff as well as The Carrier Company. Kelsey is also engaged with the College Ministry of her church, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church.

Cambel Cadien is currently a Junior at Cypress Ranch High School. Cambel is President of Kelsey and Cambel’s Kids Care, Inc. and founder of the Cy Ranch High School branch of Kids Care, Inc. Cambel serves as President of the National Charity League Cypress Belles Class of 2024. Cambel also serves on the national Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council of the National Charity League, Inc., and Cambel serves as the e-board of the Black Student Union photographer/historian, a PALS mentor, and a member of the Key Club and Student Council. Cambel is a National Society Of High School Scholar and Congress of Future Medical Leaders Delegate and is also active in her church’s youth department, the Historic Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church.