Kaylin’s Caring Konnection is the vision of 17-year-old Kaylin Jean-Louis. It was birthed out of her heart and vision to see all children smile and feel cared for, despite their circumstances. Watching a commercial a few years back, showing children who had no shoes where the organization was asking for shoe donations, Kaylin was touched deeply by what she saw. She could never imagine not having shoes to wear and immediately wanted to donate shoes. It was also then that she began thinking of different ways that she could give and have an opportunity to show someone who may not feel loved and cared for that if no one else does, Kaylin Cares. She wanted to be able to bring a smile to the faces of children who may be hurting or facing a difficult time due to being sick and hospitalized. In her efforts to reach this goal, one of her first partnerships was with the Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Foundation. In 2016, she met with the Foundation’s liaison to find out more about the Foundation and to provide her vision and what she wanted to do to give back to hospitalized children. She held her first Christmas Teddy Bear Drive in 2016 and with the help of community partnerships (both business and individuals), Kaylin’s Caring Konnection gave over 200 teddy bears to the hospital as comfort to the children. That’s a lot of smiles! Since then, the vision has expanded and Kaylin is making a huge impact in her community and abroad with her Caring Drives and most recently, her Youth Care Too! Movement.