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Meet the 5-year-old helping the homeless with her 'Little' bags

by Eun Kyung Kim /  / Updated 

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Some of the biggest acts of kindness come from the smallest of sources. For a second year, The Sprout Network, which is owned by NBC Universal, is running their Kindest Kid Contest. Here’s a look at one of the five finalists up for Chief Kindness Officer.

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Five-year-old Jayla Newson decorates book bags and fills them up with items like toothpaste and a toothbrush, lotion and small snacks. Then she hands them out to homeless people.

“I make bags for the less fortunate people,” explained the kindergartner behind “Jayla’s Little Helping Hands.”

She came up with the idea after seeing a young girl and her mother living on the street.

“She was like, ‘What can money buy? We could do more. We could give things that make it better,’” recalled her mother, Lakeysia Newson.

Jayla also delivers her bags to a local shelter for homeless kids, where many children arrive in the middle of the night with nothing but the clothes they’re wearing.

“Gifts like Jayla's provide them things that they may miss because they're not at home,” said Jennifer Sieracki of Seton Youth Shelters.

Voting for the Chief Kindness Officer begins Thursday on TODAY.com.

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