Getting this photo in an email today made my day.  These little ones needed some help for clothes, shoes and ok, I admit it, we had to throw a few toys in. Look at these smiles and then tell me you’re not going to help us help them.  Even the coldest heart would melt at this.

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What can YOU do to help us help them?  Make a donation of any amount, go to our website at www.passion4kids.org and select a child to purchase birthday, Christmas or “just because” gifts, donate your gently used children’s clothes, toys and shoes to us so we can send them on to those who aren’t as blessed as some.

Let these smiles be your “thank you” gift! Thanks for pitching in.

And, as always, please make a difference in the life of a child today.

Making a difference for children in need,
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Linda Van Kessler, Co-Founder, Passion 4 K.I.D.S.

 

KollanKollan is only 8 years old but has already lived a life far too sad for his years.  His dad is in jail and his mom abandoned him.  He was placed with a relative who started physically abusing him.  The courts searched for another relative to take him so he didn’t have to go to foster care and a distant cousin stepped up to adopt him.  The financial strain of another mouth to feed is very hard on her but she is determined to take care of Kollan.  She reached out to us for help buying the basics for him – clothes and shoes.  Lisa, one of our amazing supporters, immediately stepped up and showered Kollan with bags full of brand new clothes, shoes and toys.

Thank you, Lisa, and all our other wonderful supporters who see a need and fill it. We can’t do it alone but together we can help one child at a time overcome the struggles they’ve been handed in life.

And, as always, please make a difference in the life of a child today.

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Linda Van Kessler, Co-Founder, Passion 4 K.I.D.S.

 

We received the sweetest email from a 5th grader, Amogh, who told us he had selected Passion 4 K.I.D.S. as his project for school. This week he let us know that he had collected boxes and bags full of gently used toys and books for the children in our charity. When we met him to pick up the items, he told us he made a flyer and then went door to door asking his neighbors to search for items they could donate. Our entire trunk and backseat were full as we pulled away with Amogh and his family smiling proudly and waving until we could no longer be seen.

These are such special moments to us when we see children at an early age finding creative ways to help other children in need.

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And, as always, please make a difference in the life of a child today.

Making a difference for children in need,
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Linda Van Kessler, Co-Founder, Passion 4 K.I.D.S.

 

We were so honored to be contacted by Rhea Lana’s of Poway, CA who organized a huge sale of gently used children’s clothes, shoes and toys for many vendors. And to our surprise, they chose Passion 4 K.I.D.S. to be the recipient of the items that were left after the sale.

Charles had great fun picking up the items and meeting the lovely people behind the event. We are going to have a lot of happy children when these beautiful things are distributed! Thank you so much for your kindness.

 

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And, as always, please make a difference in the life of a child today.

Making a difference for children in need,
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Linda Van Kessler, Co-Founder, Passion 4 K.I.D.S.

 

It doesn’t get any sweeter than this. Listen to what these two first graders did for us!

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And, as always, please make a difference in the life of a child today.

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Linda Van Kessler, Co-Founder, Passion 4 K.I.D.S.

 

IMG_2475What a surprise to get a call from a husband and wife who are both Navy Commanders stationed in San Diego!  They were searching for ways to give back in this community and found us.  After reading the stories of the children we are honored to serve, they called and jumped on board to help in any way possible.  Already giving up two of their Saturdays, they are spearheading a project to help our family with 18 adopted special needs children.  They are forming a team of their colleagues to tackle home repair and yard projects for the family since both parents are now getting a little older with some health challenges of their own, making it harder to maintain things the way they used to.  We are so grateful to welcome Scott and Marisol (and of course little Aiden) to our Passion 4 K.I.D.S. family.  Their enthusiasm and kindness is infectious.

And, as always, please make a difference in the life of a child today.

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Linda Van Kessler, Co-Founder, Passion 4 K.I.D.S.

 

What a beautiful surprise today in the mail. This very special letter came in from a total stranger who lives in Idaho. Many days we are tired and overwhelmed, trying our best to figure out how to help the many children in need that are relying on us to make a significant impact in their lives, despite our very limited financial resources.

Words of encouragement like this mean so much and keep us going – especially when someone just learned of our work through our website and are touched enough to reach out to us.

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And, as always, please make a difference in the life of a child today.

Making a difference for children in need,
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Linda Van Kessler, Co-Founder, Passion 4 K.I.D.S.

 

It’s a proud moment when we can share with our precious grandchildren the charity work we do. Today we took our 3 year old granddaughter, Henley, to the home of one of our families – Myesha, a 7 year Navy veteran, victim of domestic abuse and single mom of 5, including 2-year-old triplets. Henley brought with her two bags of beautiful clothes she had outgrown and lovingly pulled out one of her favorite dresses and handed it to 2-year-old Tiara.

In the car on the way home, I asked Henley how it made her feel when she gave her clothes to another child who didn’t have a daddy, many clothes or toys and even very much food. Without hesitation she proudly said, “It made me happy.”

We hope to have many more of these teachable moments with our little angels as we try to instill in them the joy of giving! Why not try this with your children or grandchildren? They’re never too young to think about others.

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And, as always, please make a difference in the life of a child today.

Making a difference for children in need,
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Linda Van Kessler, Co-Founder, Passion 4 K.I.D.S.

 

What a treat it was to go to Las Vegas for a convention and then get to have lunch with Frankie and his brother, Michael! Frankie was one of the first children we were blessed to help through Passion 4 K.I.D.S. We have missed them since they’ve moved. Although “our” kids may grow up and even move away, we never lose touch as they will always be part of our family.

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And, as always, please make a difference in the life of a child today.

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Linda Van Kessler, Co-Founder, Passion 4 K.I.D.S.

 

This year we were blessed with an unprecedented number of people who “adopted” one of ”our” very special children for Christmas, eagerly taking the child’s wish list, purchasing gifts, wrapping them and mailing them off.  Volunteers are the lifeline of Passion 4 K.I.D.S.  We had over 85 children that we provided gifts to this Christmas, all over the country.  These children wouldn’t have had any Christmas gifts without our supporters stepping up.  Their families are struggling due to a child’s injury, accident or life-threatening illness which is draining the family’s funds.

Thanks to each one of you who went above and beyond this year to bless one of these amazing kids!
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Making a difference for children in need,
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Linda Van Kessler, Co-Founder, Passion 4 K.I.D.S.