Kids To The Rescue has grown up since Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and we feel it's time to evolve just like our founders. Then, Rachel was 12, with siblings, nine and six years old. Now, she is in college, Andrew is looking at colleges and David is considering high schools.
Over the last few years, both kids and parents have learned many life lessons helping other children in need. What we have discovered during this time is The Gift of Giving is not solely based on money.
Giving is based more on the understanding that each one of us has a gift to share with one another, with a need to share each day. Often we do not even realize or see the need when it is right in front of us. Giving happens in the smallest of ways, at the oddest times and your actions can change a kid’s life forever, in an instant.
Money donations will always be needed to replace lost possessions, provide shelter, and to buy basic needs like food and clothing. We have seen kids who want to help with their quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies be discouraged—believing it’s not enough to make a difference. BUT we have learned that quarters, dimes, nickels and even pennies can all add up to many dollars!
It is true that if more than 55 million of us, K-12 students, can earn and give $1.00 each year we can do great things through helping one another! KTTR Facebook is the opportunity for students everywhere to come together!
Our family has traditions of giving that we look forward to each year. Like your family’ traditions, we try help others in need in a way of giving that is important to us!
We challenge every kid as we go forward to do good each day!
Don't just help kids who need your support during disasters, but commit yourself to helping other kids, no matter how rich or poor, or big or small the challenge may be. If you need help ask others to chip in. We can accomplish so much more by all coming together!
Let’s start with February 14th, each year, just $1.00, on one day, together is huge!
KTTR's "Send Love" Valentine's Day Campaign s an effective tool for you, your classmates and friends to reach out to less fortunate kids both locally and across America to offer your support during times of need. But don't stop there, start your own traditions of giving today!
The idea to help is priceless.
Need some ideas? Here are some of our ways to help others:
- Organize school supplies and books to donate to shelters
- Before school begins we share and distribute the clothes and shoes that we have out grown
- In October, The Salvation Army needs help preparing their Red Kettles for the season; scraping, washing, drying, oiling locks and numbering. Check with your Salvation Army
- Collect winter coats, jackets, hats, mittens, socks and boots we've outgrown and donate to COATS FOR KIDS
- In Minnesota, we help neighbors shovel snow
- The day after Thanksgiving we write cards to and package the collected donations and purchased basic items to ship Holiday care boxes to Marines serving abroad.
- Become a bell ringer for The Salvation Army each Christmas. Professional sport teams and local group events are great partners and opportunities. Just ask them! We've rung kettle bells at MN Vikings Football game and MN Wild Hockey game for Haiti, and MN Twins baseball games for local tornado victims
- Each Christmas we package and deliver books, music, toys and candy for kids staying in shelters
- Each Valentine's Day, we ask fellow kids to give up a little candy and participate in our "Send Love" campaign by donating one dollar in their classroom. One year we collected 800 pair of socks at our school for kids in need. Ask your school to help with your idea.
- We make spring and Easter cards to share with the Veteran's Hospital
- We collect candy, small toys and books and make Easter baskets for kids in need
These are a few ideas you can do in your area, but don't stop there. Even something as simple as helping a fellow student with homework or to find their way when they are lost can make a kids day better. There is always a child with needs, please share your gift of giving with them. Pass it on. The neighborhood and the world will be a better place because of you.
Moving foward, we will be communicating our ideas and stories with you on our Facebook page. Please follow Kids To The Rescue through Facebook for current happenings here in our home state of Minnesota or in towns across America!
You can always visit us here at our website for occasional major updates and to learn more about the first days of KTTR.
If you would like to hold your own KTTR event in your town, please contact us and we will help you share your ideas or local projects on our Facebook page!
Rachel, Andrew and David