KJ’s Carts for Kids is a Christian non-profit organization encouraging, inspiring, and focusing on KIDS HELPING KIDS. Children truly have an opportunity to see first-hand how they have helped another. Their organization (originally called KJ's Carts for Katrina's Kids) began in 2005 when KJ (5 years old) was concerned for the children affected by Hurricane Katrina. He collected some of his own toys and asked his friends and others to help. In just a few short months, a toy drive brought together neighborhoods, churches, businesses, families, and individuals throughout the community. This resulted in over two thousand pounds of new toys. They were wrapped, delivered, and distributed for Christmas at a celebration held in Houston, Texas. At the same time, KJ also received an award from Somebody Cares America as a Champion of Compassion and was featured on the CBS Early Show as an American Hero.
Since that time, KJ's Carts for Kids (as it is now called) has dedicated their efforts to filling carts with items benefiting cancer survivors, burn victim, a young boy severally bitten by a dog, a young girl in need of a heart transplant, and military children who have a parent deployed oversears. In August of 2008, the theme, "Angels in August" gave KIDS a unique opportunity to "Be An Angel to a Child Less Fortunate." The community came together to help fill 500 emergency backpacks for children infant to 18 years of age. These backpacks were filled with items of immediate need for children infant to 18 years of age who are pulled from their homes with (sometimes) nothing but the clothes on their backs. KJ's Carts for Kids was blessed to have partnered with Iowa Kids Net, Child Saving Institute, Nebraska Foster and Adoptive Parent Association, OMNI Behavioral Health, Christian Heritage Foster Care, Lutheran Family Services, Visinet, Inc., Child Connect, Nova, Iowa Kids Net, and Catholic Charities.
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2009 EFFORTS - A Birthday Bash is set for Sunday, September 20th from 2-4pm. We will be presenting our summer long food/school supplie/backpack cart drive to the Ronald McDonald House and the Heart Ministry Center! It's the 15th Birthday for our Omaha's Ronald McDonald House and the 11th Birthday of the Heart Ministry Center (reaching North Omaha and surrounding areas)! While we continue enjoying our DJs (JD & Brooke) from KGBI, 100.7FM along with the Faith Christian Clowns, bounce houses, limo rides for children and much more, we are blessed to have singer/songwriter Rachel Scott performing. Please visit her website at rachelscottmusic.com.
2009 Kids Helping Kids Highlighted children and families.
2009 Blessings for Bluhms
2008 EFFORTS - KJ's Carts for Kids has been blessed to partner with foster agencies, such as the Child Savings Institute, Christian Heritage, NOVA, Visinet, Lutheran Family Services, as well as many others in order to effectly reach the thousands of children in foster care in both Nebraska and Iowa. Our Fourth Annual Event - ANGELS IN AUGUST - is set for Sunday, August 10, 2008 at The Digz Omaha.
IN 2007, we held our Third Annual event benefiting hundreds of military families/children who had a loved one deployed. Thousands of dollars worth of gift cards were distributed to military families.
IN 2007, we collected toys for victims of the California fires. We were able to provide a wonderful Christmas for some 200 children.
IN 2006, we financially assisted a family that had two bouts of cancer. We also held our annual event in honor of Clayton Hildreth. We were able to provide a college trust fund as well as a specialized computer. We also began to manage and invest monies for a young boy who was severally bitten by a pit-bull.
IN 2005, KJ’s Carts for Kids collected over 2000 pounds of new toys for Katrina's Kids in 2006.