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From a young age Carly Levi's parents have taught her the importance of giving back and helping others, so when she decided to raise money to send kids in need to camp, she says it just felt natural.

“My grandparents are Auschwitz concentration camp survivors and my mother is one of eight siblings who paid her way through college,” says Carly. “We count our blessings every day and regularly support local charities as a family. Giving back is the right thing to do.”

To raise money for camp scholarships, Carly launched an eBay Giving Works account during her junior year of high school and began selling items she collected from around her house and from friends, family and neighbors.

“I've sold everything from kitchen shelving, power tools, clothing and shoes to an elliptical trainer, grandfather clock, kid's toys and bedding,” she laughs. “The most unique item has been a prom dress. I sold it to a woman who wore it to a wedding in Scotland and sent me pictures. It was really neat.”

“I honestly never thought I would raise so much money,” she says humbly. “It's amazing to know that some of the kids who'll be at camp this summer are there because of me.”

Carly's passion for camp began the summer before 6th grade. She spent that summer and the next four as a camper, the following as a Counselor in Training and this summer will be her second as a counselor. During that time, she's seen camp make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children and developed a passion for fundraising.

“I had the time of my life at camp,” she says. “I want to help other kids have that same experience they'll never forget, especially those who wouldn't have the opportunity otherwise.”

Carly is headed to college in the fall but hopes her efforts will inspire others to continue raising money for camp scholarships. “It's amazing how something so simple and easy to do can have such a big impact. Anyone can do this; anyone can change a child's life.”