The mission of Bags of Fun Kansas City and the Gabby Krause Foundation is to make a difference in the lives of children and their families who are faced with fighting cancer and other long- term childhood conditions. They do this by bringing the healing power of play to them through a bag of fun.
A bag of fun is a brightly colored backpack filled to the brim with 12-15 items hand-picked for each child based on their interests, developmental needs and treatment plan. Gabby Krause, an amazing 6-year old, had the original bag of fun to stay busy and happy during long hospital visits. It was Gabby's wish that every child at the hospital could have their own bag of fun. Though Gabby lost her fight with cancer at such an early age, Bags of Fun KC strives to continue to honor her legacy through this amazing, unique program!
Bags of Fun KC is 10 years strong and have delivered over 1300 bags of fun to children in the fight of their lives thanks to the generous Kansas City community.
Charlie's House was named in honor of Charlie Horn, a 2 1/2 year old boy, who was killed in 2007 when he attempted to climb a 30" dresser in his home. The mission of Charlie`s House is to prevent injuries to children in and around the home. A not for profit organization with safety at its core, this group of amazing volunteers is dedicated to keeping the community informed and engaged when it comes to preventing injuries to children.
Within the next 12 months, Charlie's House plans to open a safety demonstration house in Greater Kansas City where parents, grandparents, and caregivers can experience firsthand how to safety-proof their homes. The Safety Demonstration Home will be the only full service home safety experience of it's kind in the nation. The location will also include a safety boutique display and space where home safety devices, products, and books will be available.
Charlie Horn was small, but his short life has left a huge impact on our community. Because of Charlie's tragic story, thousands of accidents will be prevented and hundreds of children's lives will be saved.
Since 1985, the Dream Factory of Greater Kansas City has remained dedicated to making dreams come true for critically or chronically ill children. As a 100 percent volunteer organization, granting dreams is our mission, smiling children is our vision. And in more than three decades, our devoted volunteers and generous business supporters have created thousands of smiles. We are proud to say that more than 85 percent of the funds raised or donated to the Greater Kansas City chapter of the Dream Factory remain right here, granting the dreams of deserving children in our community.
KidsTLC is a Kansas-based nonprofit organization that provides innovative and successful psychiatric treatment, homeless outreach to teens, outpatient behavioral health, autism and parent support programs. Services are focused on evidence-based therapies and trauma-informed care, with a strong emphasis on family wellness and preserving the family unit. KidsTLC responds to the growing needs of children in the Kansas City Metro area by adding critically needed services that fill community gaps and alleviate wait times for families to receive care. Programs help children heal on all levels through innovative therapeutic treatment philosophies; chaplaincy services; expressive therapies including pet, equine, art, play and music therapy; and a wealth of opportunities to improve the physical health of clients.
Noah's Bandage Project has two goals - 1) to help provide cool and fun bandages to kids that need them, and 2) to help raise funds for pediatric cancer research.
The mission of Operation Breakthrough is to help children who are living in poverty develop to their fullest potential by providing them a safe, loving and educational environment.
Operation Breakthrough also strives to support and empower the children's families through advocacy, referral services and emergency aid.
A scholarship in Brian's name is being funded for deserving young men. Brian became "A Man for Others" with his Jesuit education. The Rockhurst experience meant the world to him as he developed life long friendships with both students and teachers. Giving another young man this opportunity would have meant the world to Brian.
Educational assistance for children of the school. Mary Ellen, Brian's mother, retired after 30 years of teaching there. It is her deep devotion to students that made Brian proud of her accomplishments.
Educational assistance for deserving students. Additionally, STM for All is a school ministry devoted to the support of their students with special needs including a broad range of educational, mental and physical challenges.
Our mission is to create connections between children's service groups, dental professionals, professional sports organizations and their athletes. Together, we can provide underserved children in need, a life changing dental experience in which the excitement and allure of high profile sports reinforce the value of a life-long commitment to dental health care.
Midwest Animal ResQ (MARQ) was founded in 2009 as a small foster-based rescue group focused on saving dogs from inhumane conditions at local large scale breeding facilities. With the help of dedicated supporters and volunteers, MARQ has grown into a multifaceted group in a short period of time. While we are still very passionate about retired breeding dogs, our scope has increased along with our capacity to serve the animals of the greater Kansas City area. Our adoption center in Raytown, MO opened in 2015, and our sanctuary property on 6 acres provides safe housing for animals needing special medical or behavioral help prior to going to their forever homes. MARQ's fantastic network of fosters open their hearts and homes to animals in need until a forever home can be found.