December 2019 was one of our most successful months! This month we managed to get overwhelming support from a local school, the National Elementary Honors Society, project Pop Drop and the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce to help us reach our goal.
We managed to decorate and fill with essentials and Christmas gifts, 275 Santa shoeboxes for St Vincent de Paul CARES. Handwritten cards were also inserted into these boxes. We delivered these beautiful boxes to the homeless at St Vincent de Paul CARES and spread a lot of Christmas cheer!
This organization is committed to ending homelessness. Their belief is that everyone has the right to live in dignified and affordable housing and their mission is to alleviate pain and suffering, in a spirit of charity, justice and mercy through person to person involvement. We couldn’t agree more! We also managed to share a few Santa shoeboxes to children at the Youth and Family Alternatives, Inc RAP House! What an inspiring month December was!
The Wounded Warrior Project is a charity and Veterans service organization that offers a variety of programs, services and events for wounded Veterans of the military actions following September 11, 2001. They give a voice to the needs of these warriors and empower them to begin the journey to recovery.
This month being the month we celebrated Veterans Day on November 11, we decided it was the perfect month for this project. We teamed up with the National Elementary Honors Society and charitable Foundation we sold various products to raise funds to donate to the Wounded Warrior Project. A fantastic amount of $2000 was donated this month and we were proud that we were able to give back to our heroes!
The MCKS Charitable Foundation offers a variety of charitable services like legal assistance, feeding the hungry, especially malnourished children, as well as offering medical assistance to those in need. We presented to attendees in New York at a financial planning event and managed to sell products as well as receive generous monetary donations in lieu of this worthy cause. Once again, we reached our ambitious monthly goal of $1000 or more and inspired others in New York to give back! Mission accomplished!
We were proud to be a Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful affiliate in September 2019. This organization inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. They envision a country where every community is a clean, green and beautiful place to live.
We volunteered with about 25 followers to assist us with the Hillsborough River clean-up project. We worked very hard to remove invasive plant species from this area as well as a cleanup! This month we also sold aluminum straws in our community to encourage people to do away with plastic straws which contaminate our oceans.
All the funds received for this activity were donated to “Giving Children Hope” in the Bahamas as they were severely affected after Hurricane Dorian.
Paw Print Hearts is an animal rescue organization which cares for and finds homes for abandoned or abused pets. They raise funds for boarding and vetting the dogs they save. They also hold local adoption events. We felt this was an extremely worthy cause and we loved raising funds by creating a video campaign as well as selling heart shaped charms in order to support this cause.
We succeeded in donating over $1000 as well as raise awareness for animals in distress. This was one of our favorite fundraisers to date!
Kids 4 A Cause say no to drugs! We feel passionate about spreading the word about the devastating effects of drug use in our community. The month of July we decided to support a wonderful organization called Rockland Treatment Center which is a center dedicated to supporting those battling with addiction and mental disorders. We created a video highlighting the drug crisis in our society and we shared this video on social media and had elephant themed bracelets for sale in order to donate funds to this worthy organization. It was one of our most successful months and we managed to raise $3500 to assist this facility with essential supplies needed.
Little Eden is a registered non-profit organization providing life-long care to 300 children and adults with profound intellectual disability. We believe that no matter how profoundly disabled a person may be, he or she is still a whole complete being with a body, mind, spirit and soul. Seeing we all are originally from South Africa we decided an international project was in order. We raised funds whilst traveling in South Africa and managed to donate R1500 to Little Eden to help cover costs of food and cleaning supplies.
Pinellas Hope is an emergency shelter providing refuge for over 250 men and women. It assists residents with job and housing placements. This month we gained support from two local schools, which we attended, and collected essential supplies like toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, hand sanitizers etc. in order to make 140 “blessing bags”. These bags also contained a special handwritten message of hope from children of all ages.
We were blessed enough to have a tour of this facility and were impressed with this organization and the good work they are doing!
This month of April was a very successful month! Michael and Christian had the fortunate experience to attend a grief camp at Camp Erin sponsored by Suncoast Kids Place.
It was an unforgettable experience and we decided we HAD to send other children battling with grief to this amazing camp! Suncoast Kids Place provides support for children, teens and their families following the death of a significant person through peer support and education. We managed to raise funds at the Oldsmar Days festival where we sold our handmade soaps. We also hosted a Kids 4 A Cause exclusive event called “S’mores 4 A Cause” at Syniverse (A global tech company).
We also hosted a small s’mores event within our community. This was a very busy month and after all this hard work we successfully raised over $3500 which would enable eight children to attend Camp Erin! We were very proud of our achievements!
Hope Children’s Home was founded in 1968 and this organization has rescued nearly 5000 children between the ages of infant to 18 years of age. These are children who have been abandoned, abused or need a place of refuge. We decided we can make a difference for these children by creating unique essential oil roll-ons to sell. We did a radio interview on iHeartRadio promoting our mission and this wonderful organization. We also promoted our products at a function in New York which had over 400 attendees. We reached our goal and personally delivered a check of $1000 to this home. It really was eye opening to see what other children experience and how this organization is doing so much good!
Our very first project was supporting Feeding Tampa Bay. We believe no one should go hungry! Feeding Tampa Bay, which is part of the national Feeding America Network, focuses on providing food to the hundreds of thousands of food insecure families in the 10-county area of West Central Florida. We made our most popular item, our handmade organic soups, and sold them at various expos and locally organized events.
After all this hard work we raised enough funds to feed 10 000 people. This was such a success story it inspired us to continue our charitable work every month!