Two Best Friends Light Up the Holidays for Single-Parent Households in Ohio That Might Not Have Money For Gifts


Two special friends in the Cincinnati, Ohio area have created merrier Christmases for children and families who were affected during the pandemic—and it was inspired by the experience of gratitude they both felt growing up.

Jordynn Jenkins and her best friend Skylar Beavers started ‘Make a Kid Merry,’ an organization that provides holiday gifts to kids—the same support their own moms received years ago.

Growing up, both Jordynn and Skylar were raised by single mothers and this fueled their passion this year to make sure they “pay it forward” to offer support for other kids of single-parent homes during the holidays.

COVID-19 has impacted numerous families, so the dynamic duo decided to set as their goal providing gifts for 50 kids. The university students asked for community donations, and enlisted friends as elves to beautifully wrap the gifts and deliver them.

“We both come from single-mother households, so we both had to be sponsored for Christmases before,” Jenkins told WCPO news. “We just wanted to be able to create a way to give back to our community.”