Local Teen Helps Families in Need

By: A-mila West Email
By: A-mila West Email

PANAMA CITY -- There are a lot of programs that help needy families enjoy a Thanksgiving meal, but some still fall through the cracks.

One local girl is trying to catch some of those families.

Four years ago 13-year-old Kat Hutt decided to put together a program before Thanksgiving.

"Young adults can do stuff and give back to the community without any adult help,” Hutt said.

She called the program "Kidz do Care.” And spelled kids with a "z" because she was nine and thought it sounded cool.

The purpose of the program is to provide thanksgiving meals to needy families.

Healthy Start Director Sharon Owens said, "I talked to a mom today that was in tears because she just was so grateful that it was available and that she was able to get some assistance and she was just one of those moms you know that really didn't need it, it was just I between hard times."

Kat teamed up with Healthy Start, an organization that helps families in need. She also solicits community donations.

"I'll go and talk to places, or I'll stand up in a church and be hey, you know I'm gonna be standing by the door asking for donations, so if you wanna donate you know I'll be out there."

Inside each basket are vegetables, stuffing, rolls and even a pumpkin pie. Aside from the baskets, families are also given turkeys.

"I think it's important not only to feed people but like i said before to show young adults and teach other kids that we can make a change and make a difference,” said Hutt.

Hutt gave 24 baskets to needy families today and plans to continue her Kidz do Care program next year.

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