To encourage kids to
support veterans and their families through:
My name is Libby, and I am a 7th Grade student in Kansas. I started Kids 4 Vets five years ago after volunteering at the Heart of America Stand Down, an event which offers a hand up to veterans in need. I started a toiletry collection at my local elementary school, and gave out the supplies at the Stand Down in the fall of 2015. Since then, I decided to share my experience with other kids, who are interested in helping our veterans.
In the fall, each grade competes to see who can collect the most supplies for the November Heart of America Stand Down. The winning class gets a warm/fuzzy feeling. Just kidding, everyone that partcipates will feel good knowing that they have helped to give back to our veterans. The winning grade will receive a donut & hot chocolate party, courtesy of Kids 4 Vets! For a complete list of toiletries needed, please click here.
Kids 4 Vets would not be possible without the guidance of the Heart of America Stand Down. This is a group that is dedicated to offering: "A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out" to veterans in need. We encourage both monetary and in-kind donations to this worthy organization. We have also provided information on other volunteer opportunities on our "Get Involved" page. We encourage all that can, to find time this Veterans Day to honor and support those who serve.
Kids 4 Vets was honored to partner with Heart to Heart International
for our fall Stand Down Collection. Heart to Heart donated thousands of toiletries to Kids 4 Vets to hand out at the Fall Stand Down. This amazing organization has invested more than 2 billion dollars and more than one million service hours supporting people in need across more 131 countries. We are grateful for the generous donation, and encourage everyone to donate to this amazing organzation.
The Prairie Elementary Stand Down collection kicked off on October 29, 2019 with a generous donation from Heart to Heart International, an organization dedicated to strengthening communities through "improving health access, providing humanitarian development and administering crisis relief worldwide." For more information about this amazing organization please visit:
This November, I was honored to attend the"Celebration of Heroes", the annual fundraising event hosted by St. Michael's Veterans Center. The event was held at the WWI Museum at the Liberty Memorial. I was so honored to receive the "Youth Guardian Award", and to meet so many incredible community leaders dedicated to supporting our veterans' community.
The Prairie Elementary Stand Down Collection was a huge success! The fall Stand Down served nearly 400 veterans in need, and the Prairie Collection was part of its success. Thank you to all of the Prairie Students, Faculty, PTA, and parents for their support. Also, to take a look at this year's Stand Down, please check out this link provided by KCTV5.
Masks 4 Vets, 2020
I think I'm speaking for everyone when I say that this year has been hectic. COVID-19 has infected so many people and we are all trying to stay safe but not all people have the correct supplies. Masks are required everywhere you go to help slow the spread of the virus and it's kind of hard to wear a mask when you don't own a mask and you're a resident at St. Michal's Veterans Center. Kids 4 Vets decided to help that by making masks for the 125 veterans living at St. Michael's. Click here (link) to read more of our adventures in mask making.
St. Michael's "Celebration of Heroes"
Guardian Award, 2019
Pictured: Susan Engel, Art Filmore, Libby & Mayor Quinton Lucas.
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