Kymberlee Elaina Hampe was born Kim Gillis on Dec. 19, 1954 in Lafayette, LA. After high school, Kym received an Associates Degree in Nursing and worked as an LPN in labor and delivery.
In 1989 Kym moved to Salem, Oregon and completed a YWAM Crossroads DTS, after which she joined the staff of YWAM, Salem and primarily served in the kitchen. On April 29, 1992, Kym joined the YWAM Portland Team working with the homeless and doing street evangelism. In 2001 she was legally adopted by Philip and Sondra Hampe and became Kymberlee Elaina Hampe.
Kym started Love Letters, a ministry that reached out to children with life threatening diseases. She ministered to both the child and their family by sending cards, letters and gifts for birthdays and Christmas. Kym recruited others to help her, raised funds to support the outreaches and then started Love Letter groups in other states and cities. Her ministry was featured in the Dec. 1998 edition of Good Housekeeping.
Kym had a heart for the homeless and the less fortunate. She would make a big pot of soup to feed up to 200 homeless people once a week. She trained people to continue this ministry when she moved on. She then began working with at-risk youth doing horse therapy.
She loved travel, animals, crafts, cooking, and adventure. Kym loved throwing parties and providing hospitality to friends and family.
Kym passed away Dec.18, 2009 in Portland at the age of 54.