How has COVID affected us?
We have been unable to fundraise, except a small yard sale last June where we sold a variety of unique items purchased in Sri Lanka on the annual visit there, as well as some items donated by local vendors. The sale of Nevada tickets at two local locations is also ongoing and miraculously we are still receiving donations through our website and by long standing donors who are committed to our cause. Unfortunately, we have had to permanently close the House of Hope.Rachel’s Kids donated all of our special sensory equipment and adaptive toys to schools in the local area so they can be used by a wider audience. Furniture and other contents of the building were distributed amongst the Restore, Agape Centre and Baldwin House. The books, games and toys were donated to the Boys and Girls Club. Despite these changes we remain busy responding to requests for assistance via our two main programs – Small Moments of Joy and Helping Hands.
How do people access these programs?
You can simply visit our website – www.rachelskids.com and under the PROGRAM heading in the menu bar you can chose the applicable program and download the corresponding application. Send an email and a copy of the application to firstname.lastname@example.org The Board of Directors meet once a month and will review each application and contact the family should they be selected.
What have we been up to?
In spite of the far-reaching impacts of COVID we are pleased to say that Rachel’s Kids has helped more children in the past year than we have in the past several years combined. With greater need comes greater responsibility for organizations like ours and we humbly report that we have been able to accomplish the following:100 Surprise Bags with a toy and some goodies along with a grocery card for the family were distributed in June and another 100 Fall Surprise Bags were distributed in early October to 100 different families. One elementary school received a sensory pathway just prior to school opening in September and we have committed to providing the same to another 3 schools once it is safe to do so. In December we made a contribution to the Stuff the Studio Initiative in support of St. Vincent de Paul and provided Xmas gifts for the children as well as a week’s worth of groceries to 15 local families who are not receiving any other assistance. We have helped four families with food, transportation and accommodation expenses and provided gifts to the children while in hospital undergoing surgery or treatments. Through our Helping Hands program we have been able to provide a P-Pod chair for a special little girl, 3 IPADS loaded with resources for assisting children with Autism and a special Diabetic Pump to a deserving teen who was recently diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes. On the International front we launched a brand new “Spirit of Giving” catalogue which provides choices for how donations can be directed and we have packed a full shipment which will be leaving for Sri Lanka as soon as we are able to, filled with clothing, toys, toiletries and school supplies so the children do not feel forgotten until we are able to physically return and provide hands on support.
What does the future look like for us?
We will continue to commit to helping children in need and their families for as long as we are financially able, and we hope to host a modified garden party once restrictions are lifted to allow for such an event.