HOUSTON – One 13-year-old old has touched the hearts of hundreds of children who have been in her shoes as a foster child. Through the teen's nonprofit, she hopes to give the feeling of Christmas to hundreds of foster children for years to come.
"I am so thankful that I can bring joy to kids," said Kirstyn Jackson, a bright-eyed eighth-grader with a story unlike the typical American teenager.
Jackson was a foster child at the age of 5. She was under the care of child protective services after witnessing her mother's battle with drug addiction.
"One thing I remember was me and my sister pulling my mother out of the bathtub because she was overdosing on drugs and that was like really hard," she said.
But instead of letting this set her back, she was determined to help those who were also in the foster system. Jackson was placed with her grandmother, Velvet Philsot. At the age of 10, Jackson asked her grandmother if she could help foster children get an experience an act of kindness that also impacted her.
Texans player Jon Weeks and his wife, Amanda, had previously taken Jackson and several other children on a Christmas shopping spree. It was an event that Jackson said changed her life and fueled her mission to pay it forward.