Today I am very proud to bring you an incredible young lady for my next interview: Emily Lites!

Emily has a great story – enjoy!

 

 

Business Name – Emily’s Smile Boxes Non-Profit Organization

Business Objective/Goals – We want to raise funds, increase awareness, gain volunteers, and gain new ideas for our NGO.

Business Phone – 817-881-3383

Business Email – emilyssmileboxes@yahoo.com

Business Website – http://emilyssmileboxes.com/

Business Social Media Pages –

https://www.facebook.com/emilyssmileboxesnonprofit

https://twitter.com/EmilysSmileBox

https://www.instagram.com/emilyssmileboxes/

How long have you lived/worked in the area?

I have been living and working in this area for the past 10 years.

Life Story: Short version of where you’re originally from, where you grew up, other places/states/countries you’ve lived in, and what lead you to this career.

I’m only 21 so I was born and raised in Texas however currently I am attending The University of Alabama getting my major in Psychology with a minor in Biology on the Pre-PA track. I am projected to graduate in May 2021 and will be going to PA school after that in Texas to get my Master’s Degree.

What was your biggest challenge when starting this career?

The biggest challenge was trying to come up with fundraising ideas and host events that we would profit from and getting people to contribute in that sense. I was very young when I started this NGO and that was sometimes a challenge.

 

 

What is the hardest and the best part of your work?

My favorite parts are receiving letters from families that have received boxes and how happy it makes them. It makes it so worth it. The hardest part is raising funds and getting new ideas to keep the charity going and interesting.

If you could advise yourself back when you were 20, what would you say?

Ha… well if I gave myself advice last year it would be that things don’t always go as planned and you can make life what you make it. Do what you want because you only have one life to live so do everything.

Who is your ideal customer/client?

Big corporate sponsors that would donate yearly would be amazing to sustain our organization and deliver even more Smile Boxes to patients and siblings during our hospital visits.

What’s your favorite thing in the area? To-do, restaurants, places?

I love many restaurants. I am a huge foodie but if I had to narrow it down I would say Fresco’s, Mi Dia’s, and Maggianos!

What do you see/What would you like to see in the future for the area?

I would love to see more unique fun attractions or museums

If we come across each other in the town, where would we be and what would you be doing?

I would be at a coffee shop studying. I love coffee and the atmosphere they embody it relaxes me.

What’s something about you that would surprise most people?

Only my closest ones know that I have a pet pig!