Keleigh founded Impacktive when she was 15 years old. Here, Keleigh tells her story in her own words:
I am a seventeen-year-old adoptee passionate and determined to impact the quality of life for as many foster children as I can. Even when I was adopted, I had only a grocery bag holding all that I owned which inspired me and the reason this organization was created.
I consider myself incredibly fortunate to be loved by so many and have such a wonderful life. Because of this, it is my desire to impact as many lives as possible, especially those who were not spared life in foster care. I can make that impact upon the lives of foster children by giving them dignity when they have to walk through the door to their next temporary home. It is small, but important because put yourself in their shoes, would you go to school with a garbage bag instead of a backpack?
I was adopted at the age of nine months from a young single mother in South Dakota. She was overwhelmed and could not properly care for me physically or financially. As a result, I was headed for the foster care system. However, neither my biological mother or her extended family wanted that as my destiny. They knew if it was, they would never get to see me again. By the Grace of God, swift action on the part of my biological family and a desperate plea to a childhood friend in Texas, it was not my destiny. Instead, I was adopted by a childless couple in Texas who happened to be my aunt’s best friend growing up and still is today.
I am acutely aware that there could have been a different outcome which is why it is my mission to make an impact.