charles-and-lindaCharles and I have a passion for kids – our kids, other people’s kids, kids that are hurting, kids that are “special” – any kid!  That’s why we created our non-profit, Passion 4 K.I.D.S. which stands for Kids In Desperate Situations.

Charles’ passion came from personal experience enduring an “upbringing” rivaling a movie script.  Born in Amsterdam, Holland during World War II, he watched his Jewish father and grandparents be snatched away by the Nazis in front of him at age 2. His Catholic mom couldn’t take care of him so he was placed in a state-run orphanage where he suffered abuse of every kind for 9 years until he could no longer take it and ran away at age 10 drifting all over Holland. He vowed one day to help children, like himself, who needed stability, love and someone to care.

As an empty nester mom who at the time didn’t have any grandchildren to hug, my arms longed to bring love and happiness to suffering children who needed someone to care enough to help them.

It didn’t take long for us to see just how huge this need really is, particularly in our own “back yard” of San Diego – we had no idea!  With economic hardship, families unraveling, serious childhood illnesses in epidemic proportions, etc., we have made it our mission to focus on children in the United States that need help. These precious little ones have been given very heavy burdens to bear, through no fault of their own – some with life-threatening illnesses, some with abusive homes, some with life-altering accidents caused by others’ irresponsible actions.  Each one deserves our best efforts because each one counts.

These are the “forgotten” children whose young lives have been turned upside down that fall through the cracks with little or no insurance or government programs available to help them. Truly nothing brings us greater joy than to put a smile on their faces and try to lighten their load. As you will see in future posts, our help wears many faces, depending on each child’s individual circumstances.

We hope we can be an example to you of two very ordinary people – no prior experience in setting up a non-profit, middle class with few resources, helping with situations we previously knew nothing about – who stepped out of our comfort zone to let God interrupt our life with a purpose and mission we are passionate about, yet totally inadequate in our own strength to accomplish. We have learned over and over when God gives the vision, He gives the provision.

We hope you will be inspired to ask yourself, “If not me, who?  If not now, when?”  Find your passion, step out in faith and start! We’re sure you’ll find like us that the blessing you receive is far greater than the blessing you can be.

Join us on our personal journey of trying to make a difference – one child at a time!