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Who we are

"Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. for, indeed, that's all who ever have."

Margaret Mead

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Who we are

"Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. for, indeed, that's all who ever have."

Margaret Mead

 

our founders

Christoph Eley

Executive Director & Co-founder

 
 

TWO TEENS LAUNCH CHANGE

Khiana Wiley

Vice President & Co-founder

 

In 2012, Chris and Khiana built a vision in the back of a mall bound bus. After earning a large commission check from his sales job, Chris shared his dream of anonymously leaving toys on people's door step. Remembering how his parents struggled to provide for his family he wanted to help others in need. What started as a small idea quickly became something very big when Khiana suggested they organize their efforts. 

 

K Heart was born that week. They were 19 and 16 years old respectively.  Within four weeks the duo had raised nearly $10,000. Their first event served 25 families, offering catered meals and toys for every child in attendance. The attendees were selected by sponsoring children in Newark's public schools.

They had accomplished their goal in a month's time. But, the founders quickly realized that there was more work to do. They had the opportunity to impact their community in a way that stuck. So, they committed to improving the quality of live for the residents in the city of Newark. Their impact agency would combat urban poverty by any means.