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Many of the members of non-profit Kids Sending Smiles, founded and run by local elementary school girls, show off their banner, their Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Proclamation and the scrapbook of the 17 charitable events they have already organized in their two year existence.

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The Court of the 2013 Lee District Lady Fairfax was in session, but there were no royal activities underway. Instead, 11-year-old Samantha Underwood and her friends were busy reminiscing about past events and planning future ones for Kids Sending Smiles (KSS)—the charitable organization they established when a friend of Philippine ancestry told Samantha about the conditions and the poverty, especially among young girls, in the native country of her family.


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