“Because God blesses us to be a blessing to others. It’s that simple. No matter who you believe in, it’s not about religion or what have you. It’s very simple. That we need to treat others the way we desire to be treated. And every person is worthy of that. “
These are the thoughts expressed by the award winning actress/philanthropist Keshia Knight Pulliam. For the upcoming Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, Keshia Knight Pulliam will be using the day to take action and assist others as opposed to taking a day off.
“I’m really excited about this All State Give Back day because it’s about highlighting the everyday people who give back. So often, people would like to help but they don’t know how, and this is showing you that it’s very, very simple.”
She will be working side by side with Allstate’s Give Back Day Heroes, Freedom Wright. Freedom Wright is this year’s youngest recipient of this award and she resides in the Atlanta area. Keshia Knight Pulliam will be working side by side with Freedom Wright for the upcoming King Holiday.
“I’m looking forward to meeting her. I’m actually going to be in Atlanta for the Allstate Give Back Day so we’re going be doing home repairs for senior citizens. Yes I’m gonna have my tool belt, and my drill and everything. I absolutely look forward to meeting her and figuring out how she can come and meet my girls and be an inspiration to them and likewise they can be an inspiration to one another.”
Freedom Wright is a former foster child who saw a need for other foster care children because of her own experiences in foster care. She started “Free Your Mind” backpack drives which helps ensure that foster kids in the sixth grade and up will have backpacks. This program also brings increased awareness to older kids who are in foster care.
On Keshia Knight-Pulliam’s thoughts on the traits that the girls in her Kamp Kizzy program can take from Freedom Wright, she states:
“The whole philanthropy part of Kamp Kizzy, even though it is a non-profit, is teaching the girls to pay it forward. So just her example alone in terms of seeing a need and setting a goal, and saying okay you know what I see that this is an area where I can help. And then doing it. I teach my girls to dream big dreams and achieve big. She’s very much a representation of that.”
Aside from her work on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day she takes time to ensure that young ladies are empowered through the use of her own non-profit Kamp Kizzy. Now in its third year, Kamp Kizzy is constantly growing and she has plans on taking it global.
“I’m actually working on taking it global, doing some things in Africa. In the upcoming months I’ll be going to Nigeria. So I’m really excited about that. This past year, I took some time off to really just travel and enjoy and I went to Italy and London, and to Africa this past summer and just recognizing that this is a global epidemic. It’s not just girls here, it’s not just poor girls, it’s girls from all types of backgrounds who are faced with the same challenges. And even moreso, I found that with our girls in Africa, that there is no voice to help speak up for them. So I’m very excited to go over there and to do Kamp Kizzy there.”
Keshia Knight Pulliam shows how you can make significant improvements in your community, all while doing it in style. She encourages everyone to come out and volunteer on the King Holiday.
Allstate Give Back Day
WHEN: Monday, January 21, 2013 throughout the day
HouseProud Atlanta, Inc.
124 Little Street
Atlanta, GA 30315
REGISTRATION: Find a volunteer opportunity near you here.