Sasha Sloan

Newly crowned Miss Utah Sasha Sloan talks about her Tik Tok channel videos, her philanthrophy and her family, Aug. 5, 2021. Sloan raised money for underprivileged school children in Utah, through the use of her platform on TikTok to meet her fundraising goal in 24 hours. Sloan donated 120 backpacks with school supplies

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From spearheading a backpack drive for underserved children to battling xenophobia against refugees, Sasha Sloan is using her voice to help the “voiceless.”

In July, Salt Lake City resident Sasha Sloan jumped on the video-sharing platform TikTok, to tell the story of an elementary school student who was having behavioral problems.

He was taken to the principal, who asked why the boy was acting out. The boy said his back had been hurting, due to a sore from wearing ill-fitting underwear that were in his father’s size.

“We can’t expect kids to keep up in classrooms when their basic needs aren’t being met,” Sloan said in the video.

Sloan, who was named Miss Utah in June and has over 1.3 million followers on the social media app, announced she was helping the Granite Education Foundation with a backpack drive to help provide meals, hygiene kits and clothing to underserved children in Utah.

Sloan’s goal was to raise money to assemble 100 backpacks packed with school supplies. Within 24 hours, she had met that goal and more, with the post receiving more than 90,000 likes and 264,000 views as of Aug. 31, a little over a month after she’d posted it.

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