Caroline Jones, President and Founder of Kind to Kids explained that the organization was actually founded by her children, Chris and Catherine, about ten years ago. While the family was attending a sporting event, they noticed a lot of empty seats. Their parents explained that not every person could afford to attend such events and the two children decided that something should be done to help others who were less fortunate.
“From there, we started giving to children in foster care and who lived in poverty,” Jones said. “Over the years we have expanded our support and education programs, now helping over 15,000 children.”
On December 13, Kind to Kids held a drive-thru Holiday Toy and Book Giveaway at the Milford Senior Center. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, children who were receiving gifts drove through the parking lot where Jones, Santa Claus and the Teddy Bear, the Kind to Kids mascot, loaded them into the cars. Many of those in line to receive gifts decorated their cars with everything from tinsel to rooftop blowup decorations. About 30 foster families in Milford received items with each child receiving at least seven gifts. The gifts included three books and four toys or other items that were age appropriate. Barnes and Noble in the Christiana Mall donated 1,300 books for the event.
“We don’t want one child to go without,” Jones said. “Families are struggling right now and this is a really helpful thing that we can do for our foster families.” We got creative this year, offering a way to donate funds or toys online. It was important for many of our donors to purchase gifts to know their donation was going straight to the children.”
Jones explained that children who could not attend the drive-thru events would still receive gifts. In addition, any child who enters the foster care system over the holidays will also receive gifts from Kind to Kids.
“Thanks everyone who donated to the gift drive,” First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney, who participated in the drive-thru event held in New Castle County on the same day, said. “Special thanks to Kind to Kids, not just for organizing this event during a challenging time, but for years of exceptional leadership in support of our youth in foster care.”
Jones is pleased at the outpouring of support for children who are in foster care. She stated that the organization plans to continue their education programs for children in foster care and those in poverty throughout the year.
“It has been an incredible journey and just an amazing success story,” Jones said. “It shows how the Delaware community works together to help our most vulnerable children. This is an incredible opportunity to give to children, especially those who are in difficult situations.”