Teen sisters working to support refugee youth in their community

Lily, 17, and Evie, 15, who live in Atlanta, honed their cooking skills on Food Network’s Chopped Junior (Lily), and Fox’s Masterchef Junior (Evie), and decided to put their expertise to good use participating in a baking campaign to help turn their homestate of Georgia blue.

“Once you get a taste for making a difference in the world, you can’t stop,” Lily tells Yahoo Life.

After the success of the Bake Back Better campaign, the sisters started to think about other people they could help.They reached out to New American Pathways, an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization that helps refugees.

New American Pathways told the teens that they would appreciate it if they could fill 100 backpacks with school supplies for the refugee children. “We ended up getting 240 filled backpacks,” says Lily. “Knowing that each backpack would be held by a kid that might have not had a backpack at all felt really good, and I was excited to know that hopefully we’d be able to fuel their love of learning.”

No matter how small you might feel like your voice is,” says Lily, “just know that you can make a difference in your community. You just have to go for it.”

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