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Cavelero student by day, Toys for Tots ambassador by night—How one student is working to give back to local teens

Makenna Kimble, an eighth-grader at Cavelero Mid High School, isn’t your typical 14-year-old. She has turned her interest in fashion, design and modeling into an early career—and a platform for service. She is the reigning Miss Pacific Northwest Community Service Queen, a title she earned after a year as Pre-Teen Miss Washington for her work with Toys for Tots. She is also a member of Cavelero’s National Junior Honor Society and the Tutoring Club. 

Kimble is a Toys for Tots ambassador and helped organize a fashion show in October to raise funds for the charity. She worked with local department stores, boutiques and designers to lend and donate clothes for the show. Kimble also helped secure models for the event, and even walked in the show herself. She has a service-oriented heart and more than 600 hours of service under her belt. She’s currently working with Cavelero to start a Toys for Tots drive. Her focus is on children 14 to 17-years-old.

“People are very generous in their donations to Toys for Tots,” said Kimble. “But they usually donate toys for babies, toddlers and little kids. My goal is to get donations for teenagers who are also in need during the holidays.”

After graduation, Kimble plans to go to college to study to become a cardiothoracic surgeon. Her cousin, who is also her best friend, was born with a heart defect and was saved by surgery.

Kimble is the daughter of Samuel and Angela Kimble of Lake Stevens. She has attended Lake Stevens Schools since first-grade at Mt. Pilchuck and Sunnycrest Elementary Schools and North Lake Middle School.

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