What We Do
Let’s Help Kids was started by a six-year-old kid to help other kids. We have a dual mission. The first is to provide elementary-aged school children whose families are experiencing financial hardship by providing them with special items or experiences that they otherwise could not afford. Our second mission it to provide an educational foundation to teach children and families the value and ease of volunteering and philanthropy.
Through gifts of kindness and joy we lift spirits. Through teaching and sharing our model of philanthropy we extend our mission and create a bucket brigade of change.
WHY WE DO IT
To help other kids be happy and encourage the spirit of giving. In the words of our founder, Rachel Harris, “If we fill kids’ buckets then they will, in turn, fill other people’s buckets.”
WHO WE SERVE
- Children who are currently in Kindergarten through 6th grade
- Children who reside in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and DC
- Children identified as a member of a family who is experiencing financial hardship
HOW WE HELP
Let’s Help Kids works to meet non-basic needs for children by providing them with special items or experiences that they may not otherwise receive. While many worthwhile organizations exist to provide food, shelter and financial assistance to families who are struggling to make ends meet,Let’s Help Kids provides “the extras.”
Let’s Help Kids relies on the generous financial support of our community to help children in need. Due to space and capacity limitations, we are unable to accept in-kind donations but are happy to provide area resources that accept new and/or used items.
A child must be referred toLet’s Help Kids by a representative or employee of a social service provider, school, or civic organization in order to receive a gift. A child cannot be referred toLet’s Help Kids by him/herself, a family member or friend(s). The representative must be able to demonstrate that the child is a member of a family that is experiencing financial hardship.
The representative must be able to identify a one-time parent-approved wish or gift for under $300. Requests can be academic, extracurricular or simply for the child’s personal enjoyment. Examples include but are not limited to birthday presents, bicycles, books, trips to local amusement parks, dance or sports lessons, art supplies or tickets to see a play.
Let’s Help Kids is unable to accept requests for the following:
- Basic needs (food, shelter, financial or transportation assistance)
- Gift cards or certificates
- DVD players
- Cell phones and cell phone plans
- Age-inappropriate music or movies
Once a request is received and approved,Let’s Help Kids will purchase the item or experience. Let’s Help Kids does not give out money or gift cards.
Finally,Let’s Help Kids will make arrangements with the representative for the child to receive his or her gift, while always respecting the confidentiality wishes of those we serve.