SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - From an early age, 18-year-old Jesse Sheldon has lived with a strong conviction.
“My main philosophy and motto is from Gandhi which is 'be the change that you want to see in the world.'"
Jesse is our KREM 2 Sterling Bank Hero of the Month. The teenager is the heart of Inland Northwest Baby, a non-profit providing diapers and children’s clothing to families in need all over the Inland Northwest.
“In some cases because we provide diapers and clothes, they're able to make their house payment and stay in their house."
The fact that Jesse is only 18 is remarkable. The fact that he founded his non-profit when he was an eighth grader is extraordinary. Back then, he read an article in Time Magazine illustrating the struggle for many mothers to pay for diapers.
"And I came to find out there was not a diaper bank in Eastern Washington, so I set out to start the first one."
Jesse is not only getting appreciation from KREM 2 for his work for others, Jesse has received many thanks from mothers grateful for the gift of diapers. One mother wrote, “It literally brought tears to my eyes, how amazing of a person you are.”
"That's what makes it all worth it," Jesse told us.
Our KREM 2 Sterling Bank Hero of the Month is a chance for us to introduce you to young people making a difference in our community.
If you know a young person doing good deeds, nominate them as our Hero of the Month by clicking here.