2005 KJ's Carts for Katrina's Kids
2006 KJ's Carts for Clayton
We feel so blessed by KJs Carts for Kids. It's hard to find the words to express how much it meant to us. The way everyone came together for Clayton was more then I ever expected. We had so much FUN! The day could not have been any better. Talking to Sherri and then getting to meet the Louis family was wonderful! I admire them and the faith in God that they have.
I never expected anyone to be so nice to me. I had a lot of fun at KJs Carts. Sherri, Ken, KJ, Abby and Grace Louis are so supportive and amazing to get to know. I'm so glad they came to meet me. We'll be friends forever. I love them all!
2007 KJ's Carts for Kids - Benefitting deployed military families
I just happened to stumble across your article on one of the news channel’s websites tonight and saw that you had an event for kids of the military (and it was only blocks from where we live). My daughter’s husband was killed in Iraq on June 27, 2006 and this event would have been great since she has two kids, ages 4 and 1½. We did not hear about your event…it must have been a lot of fun. Could you keep me on your mailing list to let me know if you have any upcoming events in Omaha for families of the fallen? Thanks!
I attended the event on Sun. Sep. 9th for Military families and was so very moved. It was very evident the extensive amount of planning and hard work that went into this.
I returned to work yesterday and relayed my experience and my intention of finding out who t he organizers were so I could send a Thank You. Several other persons w/ deployed family members from work (I am a Nurse at The University of Nebraska) expressed frustration at me for not having called them to inform them of the event as they had not been aware of this and would have loved to have come. I explained that I did not have their home phone numbers and only found out about the event the evening prior through my daughter-in-law who had heard about it by chance from someone's mother. Others nearby said they read about the event in the paper yesterday morning (after the fact) and also wished they had known prior to so that they could have come. Despite others not knowing about and therefore not attending, some asked that I include a Thank You from them as well in my note for having had thought and organized such an event.
I attended with my daughter-in-law and 2 grandchildren whom are living with me in Elkhorn while my son, a Marine, is deployed to Iraq. They had been stationed in North Carolina but are originally from here, my son graduated from Gretna in 2003 and my daughter-in-law from Milliard in 2002. Meeting other family members of deployed is beyond describable words. For my daughter-in-law, only another military wife can understand how it feels t o be a "fifth wheel" when out with another married couple or how it feels like an act of betrayal to go out with a single girlfriend for a night, yet one needs to get out of the house in a years time. It feels comfortable with another military wife. My daughter-in-law is not now with the other Military wives since she came back home to stay. For myself, a mother, despite the kindness and honest caring of others, only another military mother can understand how it feels to hug a child goodbye for a trip as they carry their gun onto a bus and while a commander is shouting at them to make sure their body bags are tied onto the top and not the side of their duffles. Another military mother understands the frustration of missing a phone call from their child because they left the cell phone in the house when they ran out to the mailbox, a phone call that comes randomly maybe once every 7-10 days, and the frightfulness for the next 7 to 10 days because the caller ID is listed as a US Government number that one cannot call back to or "unknown" and then not being sure if is was the child or someone with bad news about the child. I now enjoy the neighbor kids when they come home at 2am with their car stereo blasting because having a car pull up outside with no noise and hearing car doors close could mean someone is coming to give me bad news, especially when the Omaha World Herald carried a story about more Marines killed in a roadside bomb days prior. Only another military mother can understand that going out with other friends makes one feel guilty, it is not enjoyable, because eating at a restaurant or having a glass of wine and having a good time does not seem right when one's child is somewhere where they were not able to take a shower, eating rationed food from a can or bag and perhaps are getting shot at or god forbid is hurt and hurting. The best thing about being with other military families is that one does not have to explain the above, it is just known. Being with other military families somehow allows it to be OK to enjoy oneself and laugh and have fun for awhile. The children of the deployed too need this. They are living in a single parent home but unlike children of divorce, they are not getting weekend and holiday visitation. Last but not least, having an event for Military families of those deployed somehow lifts the anger and frustration some of us feel from time to time, knowing that the sacrifices do make a difference, are appreciated and are not in vain. My daughter-in-law has said from time to time that she is sleeping alone so others might sleep free. Although, my daughter-in-law is not struggling for money, she lives on a tight budget, she would never think about going out and spending money on a Pedicure, however, she received a Mall Gift Certificate at the event and this is what she used it for and she was so happy about this. She would not have done something like that without a gift certificate. what a nice thought this was of you.
I sincerely hope that next year, if we are still at war, that in addition to putting on an event for another person or group, as I know each year is different, that you might again include Military families w/ deployed members and those that have returned with wounds and I would like to help in getting the word out. In addition, I would like you to know that I plan to include both KJs carts for kids and the organization for care packages for the wounded (which Corporal South addressed) in my charitable gift giving. I no longer give to United Way but I make my own direct contributions to organizations I know and know that they serve directly and do well.
If possible, I would like additional information about Corporal South's organization. I came during his talk and missed the first portion and I was unable to pick up a brochure or flyer about ways I could contribute.
Again, I thank you so much for having put this together. It was greatly appreciated and you positively touched others who were not aware of and did not attend the event.
thank you so much for thinking of us and for everything that you have put together, it is organizations like yours that really mean alot to all of us and our families!!!! Have a great day -
Thank you, thank you, ohhh thank you for such a wonderful day honoring Military families. Since I got to join in the fun, be spirited by the music and talk with the wonderful families. I gave the gifts to my husband. The emotion in his eyes said it all. He missed the day because he was in Ft. Riley, KS on hold after returning from two years in Iraq. The gas card from Bucky's was used to help pay for a weekend away from Kansas. He came to Omaha. He ate the nuts on his trip back and the coffee is his morning drink of choice. Thank you so very mcuh! The day was the spirit lift that God knew I needed. Your spirits were the "blinding brightness" on the dark of night ... God bless you!! Thank you, too, KGBI and your many sponsors ... I am humbled by the amount of time and hard work that you and your volunteers poured into this event. The song of your souls will keep my spirit dancing ... feel my hugs of gratitude!!!
2008 Out of the BLUE BLESSING ...
Sherry, I am not sure if you remember us or not, but we meet a few weeks ago at Hy-vee. My son, was very upset and crying. KJ came over and gave him his airplane to try to make him feel better. He has brain cancer. First off I just wanted to say thank you to you and to Kj. You have a pretty amazing son. As I walked away that day I couldn't help but cry. You don't normally see kids so compassionate to other people. Heck there are not many adults out there either. Most people just stare at Caleb when he is sad or even when he gets excited. So thank you for raising great kids.
2008 ANGELS IN AUGUST - HONORING NEBRASKA/IOWA FOSTER/ADOPTIVE CHILDREN
I just wanted to take a minute to thank all of you for your contribution to this year's celebration with KJ's Carts for Kids. I serve as the Foster Care Program Supervisor with Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, Inc. We work closely with specially trained and recruited foster parents and support and manage the cases of dozens of foster children in Eastern Nebraska. Our children have often had a difficult experience previously in foster care, many times having an extensive placement history with minimal support. We focus on stabilizing these children, minimizing their disruption and helping them live normal (and safe) lives while following court orders to achieve permanency through reunification with family or adoption.
When many of our children are placed, they arrive with their few belongings in trash bags. Through YOUR generosity, this event will brighten the lives of many children and allow them to leave our program healthier (toothpaste, toiletries), happier (games, toys and animals) and with their belongings in nice back packs. Other donations will ensure our kids of getting a great start to the school year (school supplies) or encourage even more communication with their biological families (stationary). The outreach and the event will help to promote a dire need in the area----a need for quality families to serve as foster parents. We look forward to partnering with many of year in the future and if I can personally be of any assistance to any of you, I am available at the number below.
For more information on our program and Lutheran Family Services, feel free to visit www.lfsneb.org.
Blessings and gratitude to each of you!
Foster Care Program Supervisor
Lutheran Family Services
124 South 24th Street Suite 200
Omaha, NE. 68102
I can not begin to tell you how overwhelm I am to be blessed by the backpacks that your organization delivered out yesterday. I am so thankful that the Lord had placed you and your organization in my life. I often wonder how I was going to bless the children in need, and the Lord answered my prayers once again through you. I sometime get discourage on my quest to be a blessing to other, but God always seems to find a way to make a way. So I have learned once again to not doubt, to just do it and the Good Lord will provide. Isn’t it amazing how he supply and multiply. I love the Lord and I Love you, thank you so much for your tremendous out pour of love to the foster children in our community.
Deborah (Deb) Harris
Eastern Resource Family Consultant
Nebraska Foster & Adoptive Parent Assn.
315 South 9th Street, Ste 10
Lincoln , Nebraska 68508
1-402-476-CARE - Lincoln
(402) 657-0133 - Omaha
Thank you for your kindness and generosity. It is truly appreciated. Angels In August was a great success and a wonderful opportunity to honor and celebrate our foster/adoptive families and their children. We are also sincerely grateful for the donated emergency bookbags and the contents. They will be very helpful to our youths entering foster care. Again thank you for your altruistic kindness.
OMNI Behavioral Health
2009 - A BIRTHDAY BASH - Delivering close to 2000 items for both the Ronald McDonald House and Sacred Heart Miinistry Center
The shelves of the pantry at the Ronald McDonald House are well stocked thanks to KJ’s Carts for Kids. We provide a home for families that bring their sick children to our community for medical care. Some come seeking hope; others are looking for a miracle. While their children recover, we give these moms and dads a warm, comfortable place to stay. We try to provide them with everything they need during their stay in our community. Thanks to KJ’s Carts, our pantry shelves are stocked with facial tissue, paper towels, cleaning supplies and food. We were honored and blessed that this wonderful organization choose Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha to support.
Kevin Warneke - Chief Executive Officer
Sherri Louis and the volunteers who are K.J.'s Carts for Kids embody what it means to help others out of love and compassion. I have had the priviledge of seeing firsthand what a dedicated, selfless group of individuals can accomplish. Through their large annual celebration designed to support a cause and their smaller fundraisers benefiting specific individuals and families, they provide hope and support to the less fortunate. Virtually every dollar they raise is given back to the community as they rely solely on the assistance of volunteers to achieve their mission. I encourage you to join me in supporting this Christian charity as it continues to brighten the lives of children and families in need.
Lisa Strutzel, CPA
How can you say no to helping out kids and families in need? The opportunity to serve on the KJ's Karts for Kids non-profit board and to serve as legal counsel has truly been a joyous experience. The charity is dedicated to helping those with needs that might not be met by other means. I believe that everyone can see the benefit in contributing to this wonderful testimonial to the love and spirit of Our Lord.
Michael D. Nelson
of NELSON LAW, LLC
503 South 36th Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68105-1201
Telephone: (402) 344-8044
Facsimile: (402) 346-6997
KJ’s Carts for Kids has contracted with Tax Help to prepare all bookkeeping, accounting, and tax related services for the non-profit organization. Overall, their financial position is strong. Their mission to improve the quality of life for children and their families who have experienced a life-changing event or illness will be possible if they continue to manage contributed funds appropriately. For the fiscal year 2008 through August, more than 88% of the funds raised have been contributed to families in need. Administrative expenses have primarily included general office expenses such as paper and toner.
Erin O’Malley-Anderson - Tax Help, LLC