I started forming the organization in 2011 at the age of 17 after witnessing numerous times where children that were in need were not being helped by no fault of their own but rather due to the restrictive criteria the social system or other organizations have (where they live, what the need is, are their parents involved in different groups, what religion do they practice); while I do not fault these organizations, these children still desperately needed support. We helped where we could and advocated to others in support of these children and was able to get assistance for these children.
In 2012 4 K.I.D.S. Sake was "officially" launched and with the help of Family, Friends and members of the community we set out to make sure that any child in need would find assistance through us. We continue to be a volunteer driven agency and all proceeds raised by 4 K.I.D.S. Sake goes directly to the programs to support the children.
We found that there are many children focused agencies that want to assist everyone possible and unfortunately many of the families in need are not aware of them, or the agencies that they do know about, don't focus on the need of that child. We do not want to "re-create the wheel" but rather be able to fix the spokes between these agencies and the children in need and have been able to create partnerships with many of these agencies throughout the years. While we have been able to directly impact the lives of approximately 3,000 children since our inception there are numerous others that we have been able to advocate on behalf of or make the connections with other agencies that may be able to give more focused support for these children. In that way the child gets the support that they need.
One of the first programs that we did was a registration for Bone Marrow donors looking for a potential match for a 16 year old girl who was in need of, in her battle with cancer. During the event were were able to sign up over 800 people to the National Bone Marrow Registry (Be the Match); I was proud to be able to join it myself. Within 6 months I was contacted by the registry stating that I was a potential match for a recipient and if I would continue with further testing to verify, I was able to complete the testing while attending my freshman year of college and was notified towards the end of the year that I was the primary match and before my 19th birthday I was able to be a bone marrow donor.
We try to focus on the little things that seem to make the biggest difference in a child's life whether it be something as small as food and nutrition, holiday gifts, school supplies, physicals and fees; creating programs for special needs children as well as mentoring and empowering children to take the lead in the community in getting involved with helping others; through support for the children that are fighting life threatening illnesses. We have done all of these and continue to impact the lives of all these children as well as the community through direct support, advocacy, community involvement, partnerships with other agencies and corporations.
We strive to make sure that: No Child will fall through the Cracks!
4 K.I.D.S. Sake is an IRS recognized 501(c)3 Charity based in Bolingbrook Illinois. We work to provide support to children throughout Northern Illinois as well as the Greater Chicago-land areas.
Mailing Address: 684 W. Boughton Rd. Suite 101 Bolingbrook, IL. 60490 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (630) 945-1317