Sunday, January 6, 2008

Kymla is finalist for Stand for a Better World Award

Kymla Reid Montgomery, former resident of Prairie View and the proud daughter of the Irene Reid and the late William E. Reid, Sr., is among ten finalists for the Stand for a Better World Award, which honors persons who fight to beat the odds.

The candidates are selected in each of the Local, National and Global categories, taking into consideration the person's contributions from a social, economic, and environmental standpoint, and the community gets to vote online for the new "Your Better World" award recipient. Each recipient will receive a monetary prize, which is awarded to the charity of her choice. In addition, each recipient will be the focus of an extensive PR campaign and featured in Mannington's 2008 Product Catalogs. The winners were named in October and along with a guest, were invited to Wilmington, DE for an awards dinner in November 15 and for the awards ceremony in Philadelphia, PA.

Kim is the mother of eight children; fostered 19 children and adopted six, many of whom were special needs or siblings, meaning they were hard to place. She took classes on parenting children who have been abused and then formed Kym’s Kids in 1994 to reach out to children who have been abused, neglected or just in need of some love.

It started out with her taking a few kids to the park or dressing up like a clown at the housing projects. Eventually that effort grew in scope. Kym’s Kids now provides food, clothing, self-esteem workshops, job training and other services. Additionally, it distributes over 1,000 pounds of food a month. The organization provides after-school tutoring and summer camps to kids at the Joy Center, a center she started for low-income children, which is manned by all volunteers, including Kymla.

©Prairie View Today 2008

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