We had the good fortune of connecting with Lily DuBose and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lily, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
During Hurricane Harvey I was sitting in the closest with my mom during a tornado warning. We were watching the news on her iPad and I saw kids leaving their homes without anything and I knew I had to do something. I started by giving away my own LEGO sets and then people began to donate new toys. It was fun and when I had the opportunity to turn it into a business, I told my mom and dad that I love helping kids. Now I have given over 12,000 new toys away.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am 11 years old and am in the 6th Grade at Grace School. Some of my favorite activities are playing video games, going outside, soccer, volleyball, shopping and playing with my cat Pepper and dog Truman. In my opinion it was easy to get here. Lots of people like to help kids. My goal is to try and help kids all around the world. Lily’s Toy Box has sent toys to 22 states. I hope one day we send toys to every state. I helped make the Lily’s Toy Box logo. My cat Pepper is in it and I always wear two braids.Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend Brylee came to Houston, TX we would have fun. When it comes to a special day I love to go to The Melting Pot. We would also stop by Tiff’s Treat. My favorite cookie is chocolate chip. For an activity I would take her to I-Fly and the Escape Room.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Jon Meadows of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP was the one who offered to help Lily’s Toy Box become a non-profit.

Website: www.lilystoybox.com

Instagram: Lily’s Toy Box

Twitter: @lilystoybox

Facebook: @LilysToyBoxTexas

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