Jul 30, 2014 9:41 AM by Steven Albritton
When you're two years old, it's usually a time for laughs and learning, but for 16-year-old Elijah Evans it was an experience which scarred him for life.
"I was abused by my biological mother and I was burned on 43% of my body. I lost all of the toes on my right foot. From that experience, I went on to be in foster care for about 3 years and then I was adopted," CEO & Founder of "No Use For Abuse" Evans said.
What may keep some down only pushed him for greatness. Evans had the idea to start his foundation when he was only eight years old. It started as only his mother and a few community supporters, but has turned into more than 150 kids being helped through the foundation. Now the foundation has support coming from as far away as Washington D.C.
"It makes me feel really good because it shows that people out here are really looking for something to get involved with, help support me, and really make a difference in a child's life," Evans said.
Now it's time for the 2nd annual "Ohana Bash" benefit which will help abused and fostered kids get ready to go back to school.
"I just hope to inspire child abuse survivors to just keep pushing forward, that hope still exists just to empower them and show them that just because their past was bad doesn't mean their future has to be the same. They can really have a great life if they really strive and keep that hope," Evans said.
"No Use For Abuse" would like your help for this years Ohana Bash. They are accepting donations of school supplies, arts and crafts, backpacks, monetary donations, food & drink and much more for the event. The Bash will be on August 2nd to get involved and donate you can reach out to the foundation at 371-2765 or 251-1321. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their Facebook page.