Kaylin’s Caring Konnection is the vision of 16-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. As she was watching a commercial a few years back, it showed children who had no shoes and the organization was asking for shoe donations. Touched deeply by what she saw and not imagining not having shoes to wear, Kaylin 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 those who may be hurting or facing a difficult time due to being sick or hospitalized due to sickness. 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. That’s a lot of smiles! Since then, the vision has expanded and Kaylin is on a mission to show love, bring smiles, and touch as many hearts as she can by showing that Kaylin Cares.