Youth Helping Youth

Julia Leads the WayJulia1_2013 (225x300)

Julia shared her 8th birthday party with her very good friends and some special kids who did not attend the party  – kids in foster care.   One of Julia’s good friends gave Julia the handmade necklace she is wearing, and that gave Julia an idea how she could share her birthday with others.  Inspired, Julia and her friends collected 26 craft kits to share with girls in foster care.

Thank you, Julia, for making Milwaukee a better place for kids,  one necklace at a time.

Thank you Claire, Olivia, Gwen, Olivia, Kate and BenValentines

Claire, Olivia, Gwen, Olivia, Kate and Ben made Valentine’s Day special for foster youth. They made special Valentine’s Day gifts. Last year Claire was given money by her Girl Scout troop to “pay it forward” for Valentine’s Day. This year Claire and her friends Olivia, Gwen, Kate and Olivia will be making even more Valentine’s Day gifts. Claire’s brother, Ben also helped too! Thanks again Claire, Olivia, Gwen, Olivia, Kate and Ben for thinking of our kids!

Claudia Romero – Making Milwaukee Great

Claudia is a 20 year old MATC nursing student. Claudia really wanted to make sure that no child was forgotten this holiday season. She and her friends, mostly ages 18 to 20, spent two months collecting more than 400 holiday gifts for foster kids. Claudia is truly “Making Milwaukee Great.”

Ellie Makes a Differencet-shirt

Ellie is celebrating her Bat Mitzvah this fall. For her Bat Mitzvah project, Ellie wants to help kids in foster care. Ellie specially designed a t-shirt being sold by Ink to the People. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Kids Matter Inc.

Thanks Ellie! Click here or on the t-shirt to learn more.

Daisy Scouts “Do a Good Turn”Daisy Scouts

Daisy Scout Troop 3517 is working hard to “do a good turn daily.”  Katie, Ellie, Jocelyn, and Carolyn, four Daisy Scouts, recently held a backpack drive at St. Eugene School.  The troop collected 19 backpacks, as well as stuffed animals and Beanie Babies for kids in foster and kinship care.  These girls are learning the value of service to their community at a young age, and we are tremendously grateful.  Thank you, Daisies, for keeping “our kids” in your hearts!

Happy 2nd Birthday, Dalton!

For little Dalton’s 2nd birthday, his family and friends came together to give back to their community.  Dalton and his family wanted to make his special day about something bigger than themselves, so they asked friends and family to bring bags and supplies to put together Fostering Hope bags for kids in foster and kinship care in Milwaukee County.  Their goal was to make bags for ten kids, but the overwhelming response for help brought in enough supplies to make Fostering Hope bags for thirty kids!  All of these bags are for kids ages 2 or 3 who are entering care or transitioning to a new placement.  Thank you, Dalton, for building a better future for kids your age!

Happy 5th Birthday, Olivia!

Little Olivia has shown us what a big heart she has! She donated presents from her 5th birthday party – including dolls, games, toys, and fun activities – to Kids Matter so that kids in foster and kinship care can have something special to call their own. Thank you so much, Olivia, for making your birthday about others!

Special Thanks to Callie

Callie, a Kettle Moraine High School senior, decided she wanted to change the world “one child at a time.” What better way than letting foster children know that people in the community care about them?

Callie came up with the idea of giving foster children their very own stuffed animal puppy to hold and to love when they enter foster care. Callie created the first ever Kids Matter Puppy Drive Project. She raised money through bake sales and collected stuffed animal puppies at “dog kennels” that she placed throughout the school. The stuffed animal puppies will go to children just entering foster care, a time when they can feel quite alone. Thank you Callie and all who donated to the Kids Matter Puppy Drive Project.

Happy 6th Birthday, Julianna!

Julianna celebrated her 6th birthday by giving back to kids in her community!  She invited friends to a birthday party and asked that instead of bringing birthday presents, they bring pairs of pajamas for children in foster care.  Julianna donated all of the pajamas she collected to Kids Matter Inc. so that the pajamas can go to kids who truly need them.

Thank you, Julianna, for making your birthday special for kids in foster care.  You are generous beyond your years.  Happy Birthday!

Five-Year-Old Reed Reaches Out

What do most five-year old boys seem to want for their birthdays? Exciting toys, action figures, games, and a party, of course! Five-year-olds are not expected to be selfless and humble about what they want. Not ordinarily…

Reed is no ordinary five-year-old. To celebrate his fifth birthday, Reed’s friends and family gave him games, puzzles, toys, books, and other fantastically fun gifts—all of which Reed decided to give to kids in need. Some kids do not get the chance to celebrate their birthdays with a party and presents, but Reed’s kindness will show them that someone cares.

Thank you, Reed, for helping to build a better future for kids. You are generous and thoughtful beyond your years. Happy Birthday from all of us at Kids Matter!