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10 year-old wins "Citizen of the Year" award

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RUSSELLVILLE (KATV) - When you generally think "Citizen of the Year," it's usually someone who's given years of service to the community.  But the 2014 winner of the Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce's award went to a ten year-old girl.

When Russellville Chamber of Commerce board chairman Todd Sweeden was looking over the candidates for Citizen of the Year – he had a handful to choose from.

"After reviewing everything and talking and retalking and rehashing all of this, we felt that Kamrie was the best choice," said Sweeden.

An award that Sweeden says normally goes to someone in their sixties went to a girl with just a decade under her belt.  But Kamrie Ewing, 10 of Dover, has given back to hundreds of kids in the Russellville area in just two years.  It was a unanimous decision by the board.

"When you normally look for leadership – a little bit older," said Sweeden.  "We were amazed, really bowled over by what this young lady had already accomplished in a very short time."

Much of it has to do with Ewing's non-profit called, "Kamrie's Colorful Creations," an idea that started with selling handmade hairbows to raise money for a girl with cancer.

"We went to her house and gave the thousand bucks to her," said Ewing.  "When we got back in the car I said, ‘Momma, I want to do it again.'"

Since then she's sold bracelets and ribbon bookmarks as fundraisers, run backpack drives for kids in foster care and donated thousands of dollars to a Morrilton orphanage.

"I have everything that I need," said Ewing.  "I was thinking that other kids don't."

Ewing has made helping children who are less fortunate her non-profit's main priority. 

Her two years of work not only got her Russellville's Citizen of the Year award, but the town of Dover's Outstanding Citizen Award too.  Sweeden said it seems the sky is the limit for Ewing and that, "I think that we're going to see a lot of leadership in this young lady as the years go by."

The next big project for Kamrie's Colorful Creations is putting on a dog show in which she says she'll donate the proceeds to another deserving charity.