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Romona's Kids: 10 year-old returns home after delivering supplies to Kenya

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Ramona Robinson and 10-year-old CJ Kelley Ramona Robinson and 10-year-old CJ Kelley
GARFIELD HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) -

A few weeks ago, we introduced you to a young man making an amazing difference for others who are thousands of miles away.

The Garfield Heights 10-year-old spent two weeks in Africa and delivered donated supplies to kids in a poverty stricken village.

He's back home, with incredible stories to tell.

CJ Kelley was inspired by a movie to help the children of Kenya, so he collected hundreds of school supplies and soccer balls.

An Akron doctor who also runs a clinic there, invited CJ and his dad along on a recent visit.

"I met some children, they asked me where do I live, who's your dad, who's your mom, what is it like over there, who is your President," said Kelley.

"We knew we were going to an impoverished area but thinking it, then actually seeing it, that brings it all together," said Clifford Kelley, CJ's father. "The children who were there in the village, they ran straight to him and played soccer with him. The ball that they had was a ball that they made, so when we actually brought a ball, they were just so excited!"

CJ even got to help out at the clinic.

Villagers walk for miles to be seen by one of the visiting American doctors.

He also went on a safari and saw elephants and giraffes.

"At the end of the trip we had toys and stuff that we passed out to them; we passed out crayons and pencils and rulers and supplies," he said. 

CJ says he would like to make the trip again. "if I couldn't pay for the trip every year, I would really try to send school supplies every year," he said.

The 10-year-old learned many things from his trip, but one really stuck with him. "That we shouldn't take things for granted and we should be grateful for what we have. You could have so much stuff and waste it, but someone in another country could be struggling to have food," said CJ. 

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