New Coats for Needy Kids Thanks to Weekend Campers

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Dozens of brave campers withstood chilly temps and windy conditions this weekend to take part in the first ever Delaware KIDS Fund Camping Out for Coats. The Delaware KIDS Fund — a nonprofit established by the leading real estate development company Harvey Hanna — partnered with Operation Warm on the fundraiser to supply new winter jackets for every elementary school child in Newport.

“We were incredible happy to reach our goal,” said Harvey Hanna’s Ryan Kennedy, a fundraising target sufficient to purchase 1,100 new coats for the Newport kids, nearly three quarters of whom are at or below the poverty line.  “Our offices are here in Newport, and we have so many projects in this area. This is just unacceptable,” said Kennedy. Each of the brand new winter coats will be personalized and customized to each child’s size, color preference and weight.

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8th Annual Delaware KIDS Fund 5K Series in Newport and Dewey Beach

The Delaware KIDS Fund continued the tradition of its longstanding summer fundraising event by hosting the 8th Annual Delaware KIDS Fund 5K Series in Newport and Dewey Beach

Both events helped raise $44,000 and feature over 637 registered runners and walkers (510 finishers), 50 + corporate sponsors, 21 volunteers and 20 emergency responders.

Richey Elementary School

Another inspiring morning at The Delaware KIDS Fund and Harvey, Hanna & Associates, Inc.. We had the pleasure of supporting amazing young minds from Mrs. Nicole Johnson’s (Mrs. J!) Kindergarten and First grade class at Newport’s Richey Elementary School. Our group was fortunate enough to pitch in (along with other local businesses) for the purchase of new iPads to help reinforce the learning experiences and engaging these amazing students who are kinesethic, visual, and/or auditory learners. The BEST PART, we had the chance to meet the kiddos today and watch them work their iPads. Support your community and support our next generation. If everyone pitches in and works together – the community we live, work and play in – will continue to be a powerful (and safe) place in the future.

KIDS Fund Family Holiday Experience

The Delaware KIDS Fund worked with local agencies during the 2016 Holiday Season selecting four local, deserving families in need by providing Christmas gift for the children, financial assistance for the parents and a holiday meal for the entire family to enjoy. Working with partner agencies (Child, Inc., Lutheran Community Services and The Delaware Army National Guard) – the DE KIDS Fund was able to identify local families in need. The campaign was designed to inspire confidence and provide temporary relief for the Holiday Season. $11,700 of goods, services and gifts were provided in total.

Coat Delivery by Brian Sweeney

Longtime KIDS Fund Supporter Brian Sweeney visited the Delaware KIDS Fund and donated brand new coats, hats and gloves for dozens of local children in need. This is the 7th consecutive year Brian has visited, donated brand new coats, hats and gloves.