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Pasco mother takes special child on back to school shopping spree

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Kai Phengsavanh should have gone back to school shopping with her five year old daughter, Kindra. But instead, the Pasco mother took another little girl. Five-year-old Kindra passed away from pneumonia in April. Her family decided to turn their grief into something positive by starting the KMP Foundation.

The goal is to raise enough money to build a school in Laos in Kindra's name because it was the child's dream to help the less fortunate. Today her mother took that dream and made it come true for a little Pasco girl named Jessica who is going to first grade at Maya Angelou.

"She's been through a lot. She's been though so many surgeries and she's legally blind. so it's a lot for her," says her mother Rose who wrote the winning essay. Jessica was born with an undiagnosed skin condition which caused her to go legally blind. Rose is a single mother who is also dealing with congestive heart failure.

"I wasn't able to get any clothes for her, I'm on a tight tight budget, so this is wonderful," said Rose who took Jessica to Columbia Center Mall for the first time in her life.

Mall staff also donated a brand new backpack for Jessica and took the child on her first train ride. Kai Phengsavanh said she knew right away this was the winner after hearing the child's story. "She was born with disability where it progressed that she was legally blind. She's developed skin discoloration all over her body and she's really a gifted child. that's why our foundation chose her," she said.

The day was a special one. Jessica not only got to buy some back to school clothes, she got school supplies, her ears pierced, lunch and a back to school photo session with a photographer and stylist.

The second place winner received some of Kindra's favorite things as well. Kai sells delicious egg rolls for $8/dozen for the foundation. She even delivers them, you can call 492-0733 for orders.