Teen's balloon animal business helps send kids to Kansas camp
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- A teenager who has overcome obstacles himself has found a colorful way to help other children.
Alex Kennett, 14, of Overland Park, has Aspberger's syndrome and has received a lot of help through programs at the Joshua Center. He said he wanted to find a way to give back and is doing so by making balloon animals.
Alex said he initially started making balloon animals in hopes of putting smiles on people's faces, but he soon figured out he could help raise money to help the Joshua Center send more children to camp.
"I've been inspired by the Joshua Center," he said. "I want to help the young people with the neurological disorders as I do."
He went to the summer camp designed specifically for children with Aspberger's syndrome and other neurological disorders. He said the camp was an unforgettable experience for him.
"It was very special in its way. It made everyone fit in," he said. It would make all the neurological disorder kids feel like they belong and that's what I loved about it."
"I think this was near to his heart to raise money so other kids could go too," said Alex's mother, Michelle Kennett. "He's always wanted to help people. He would give the shirt off his own back if he could to make somebody smile."
Alex's balloon business is new to the neighborhood and hasn't generated many sales yet, but he said his heart is in it and he intends to make a difference.
"Just thinking about how I can change the world around me just by doing one simple act," he said.
Alex's balloon stand will be set up at his neighborhood's garage sale near 143rd Street and Quivira Road this weekend, so he hopes for a surge in sales. He said 100 percent of the proceeds will help send children to camp.
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