Pillows for Kids Foundation funds opportunities for kids to participate in brain and body training activities that will develop their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. We target children who may be currently in the "gaps" between other support systems, and we endeavor to keep them connected and doing good things, guided by an accomplished mentor. The more they learn and experience, the more clearly they can focus the lens through which they view the world and their participation in it.
How Pick.Click.Give. makes a difference
Covid -19 has not stopped us from finding ways to care about kids through individual scholarships. Because frontline workers in low-paying jobs desperately needed childcare, the critical importance of supporting day care came to the forefront. Subsequently, in our mission to help children in their development, we covered past-due accounts at a local daycare and learning center. We continued supporting music and the arts, including percussion and group ensembles that encourage their teamwork and social skills. Through a community mentor, we sponsored six students for prom dinner and dance. We also funded a framed group photo to highlight their community connection. We have provided skiing and snowboarding scholarships, gymnastics lessons, and competitions for skaters, therapeutic horsemanship lessons that require self-discipline and responsiveness, and partial class trip fees so students can benefit from science and math trips to our Sea Life Center and fish hatcheries and Space Center. We have supported participation in leadership classes, robotics, and martial arts, to name a few. We prefer to support more than a one-time experience in an activity because it takes repeated contact to build trust and relationships with mentors.Recently, we have worked with mentors for the homeless to provide them with specific needs. Some are in college. Because of the multiple lessons and experiences, the mentors have noted significant growth in self-discipline and teamwork as well as an improvement in listening skills, confidence, and concern for others.The need is great with more opportunities to make a difference with Pick.Click.Give funds which are designated and matched as soon as we receive them. And there are no administrative costs.
As retired teachers and grandparents, we donate our time and resources in the pursuit of providing opportunities for kids to grow. We have granted 560 scholarships.To raise funds, we make and sell pillows and our self-published children's book EVAN'S LITTLE PILLOW, and we also donate pillows for children and families in need of support. An investment in our youth is an investment for all.