There are tons of foundations that help children, but here are just a few that we loved.
Mission: The My Stuff Bags Foundation provides new belongings, comfort and hope to thousands of children each year who must be rescued from abuse, neglect and abandonment across the United States. By rallying widespread individual and corporate involvement through their unique “My Stuff Bags” program, they address the immediate physical and emotional needs of rescued children and help support the agencies caring for them.
Vision: The My Stuff Bags Foundation’s ultimate goal is to provide a My Stuff Bag filled with new belongings to each of the nearly 300,000 children each year who must enter crisis shelters and foster care with nothing of their own.
Mission: To realize the end of AIDS for children and families by combating the physical, social and economic impacts of HIV.
The co-founder of Keep a Child Alive is Alicia Keys, a global activist who has been involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS for over 12 years.
Take Action: http://keepachildalive.org/take-action/
Operation Smile was founded in 1982 when Dr. William P. Magee Jr., a plastic surgeon, and his wife, Kathleen, a nurse and clinical social worker, traveled to the Philippines with a group of medical volunteers to repair children's cleft lips and cleft palates.
What they found was overwhelming. In Naga City, approximately 300 families arrived hoping their children would receive surgery, but the team could only treat 40 children. As they prepared to leave, the Magees made a promise they would return to help more children.
They began soliciting donations of surgical equipment and supplies from manufacturers, threw themselves into grassroots fundraising and assembled a volunteer team of 18 doctors, nurses and technicians for their own medical mission to the Philippines. They helped approximately 100 more patients, but again, hundreds still waited. They saw the need and Operation Smile was born.
Mission: Providing support services to families with visually impaired and blind children since 1949, the Blind Babies Foundation provides child and parent education information, medical visits, visual and developmental assessments and community support. Each year more than 540 families are helped at absolutely no cost thanks to the efforts of this group.
Mission: Recognized as a four-star organization by Charity Navigator, The Children's Health Fund is a nonprofit that provides free pediatric care to the estimated one million homeless children across the nation. Providing physical and psychological care to victims of natural disaster and rural and urban impoverished communities, the organization has provided 2 million free patient visits in 15 states across the nation.
Mission: Make-A-Wish serves a unique, and vital, role in helping strengthen and empower children battling life-threatening medical conditions by making their wish come true.
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