When I was in second and third grades I had teachers who taught about kids who live in poverty right here where we live. Kids who don't have proper beds and go to bed hungry. That thought broke my heart. At the age of 8 I hosted my first food drive to help and I haven't stopped since. One Can Make A Change became my trademark and I want everyone to know they can help make a change in the world too. We became a non-profit in January of 2016.
Armani McFarland was born in 2003 in Ogden, Utah.
Armani loves to spend time with her family and friends and loves shopping. But Armani's favorite thing to do is help people by volunteering and hosting drives.
Armani started volunteering and collecting food and other much needed items for children in 2012 at the age of 8. It started with a desire to make sure that no child in our community went to bed hungry. After seeing success with her first food drive, she was determined that there was more she could do to help. She started hosting many different drives to help children in poverty. Over the past 7 years, Armani has collected and donated over 6,000 new backpacks and truck loads of school supplies. Armani has hosted 27 successful drives to help many people in need. She has collected and donated such things as books for low income children, stuffed animals for scared and injured children; jeans, coats, socks, toothpaste and toothbrushes for homeless and others in need.
Armani along with Stuart Roofing collected the funds, supplies and volunteers to put a new roof on the Youth Futures Shelter Home a home for homeless youth here in Ogden.
She has spoken to Rotary Clubs and other service club meetings for both adults and youth to share her experiences and encourage others to participate in their communities. Her donations have directly benefited thousands across the state of Utah and her speaking has inspired both young and old to give.
In January 2016 Armani turned her drives, fundraising and volunteering into One Can Make a Change, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Most recently Armani has traveled to Ghana, Africa with the organization Think Kindness to work at the VIMA orphanage to install showers and play and work with the kids there.
Armani hopes to not only continue her non-profit but would like to help other nonprofits and youth who have the same mission and desire to help others as she does.
Armani is very excited to keep help as many people as she can and is excited that One Can Make A Change is impacting so many people.