When Kaila, Assistant Vitamin Manager at Sprouts Farmers Market in Redondo Beach, learned the company was running a contest to go on a trip with Vitamin Angels, she did not anticipate the profound impact it would have on her life. The contest asked entrants to respond to the prompt “If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?”. Kaila crafted her entry about changing education from a privilege to a right. In her response, she recounted how her grandmother, who was a teacher, had set up college funds for all of her grandchildren so they could each further their own education.
Education and helping others were fresh on Kaila’s mind as she had recently applied to a nursing program. “I had wanted to go to nursing school for as long as I could remember,” she said, “I always wanted to do something that I felt was making a difference, and where I could help people.” However, when she wasn't accepted to the competitive program, Kaila accepted admission to San Francisco State as a philosophy major figuring “if nursing was meant to be, I could do it later in life.”
A few weeks later, Kaila was at the gym when she received a phone call - she had won the essay contest! In just one month she would be traveling to Honduras to observe vitamin distributions firsthand. Preferring to immerse herself in cultural experiences and to spend time with the locals rather than simply visiting tourist attractions, Kaila was a perfect candidate for a trip with Vitamin Angels.