Children's Food, Healthcare, Shelter and Education Fund
Improving life for children and families worldwide is the mission of Aid For Kids. Currently, the focus is on the "Other Maine" Project and sponsoring programs in Vietnam, Haiti, and Lesotho, Africa. Aid for Kids is a 501(c)3 organization and all donations are tax deductible. Our overhead is less than 1%!
The "Other Maine" Project
Warm coats to be discreetly delivered to children in need by teachers in Lincoln, Maine
Believe it or not, over two million dollars (over $800,000 in 2013) worth of new quality clothes, necessary household items, children's books and other merchandise has been delivered into the hands of those most in need in poverty areas of rural Maine in the last three years via more than 90 distribution partners such as homeless shelters, food pantries and Head Starts. This project, directed by experienced volunteer Dannette Ellis, has mushroomed faster than we have ever dreamed it would.
Although our primary focus has been northern rural Maine, we are now receiving requests from all over the State for our recent donations of diapers, warm coats, Nike sports clothing, Crayola Crayons, personal hygiene items, and household items from Bed, Bath and Beyond. We have been chosen by a major distributor for the National Diaper Bank Network to deliver 100,000 diapers. In 2012 we received 1,500 new warm coats for the State of Maine and in 2013 we received 6,500 and hope to receive more this year. After all, we are often the coldest place in the nation and the need is so great. Recently, Catholic Charities, which has food pantries in small isolated regions of Maine, agreed to distribute coats and other needed items to those poverty areas.
We are very grateful for the donations received from the Houlton Rotary Club, Bangor Savings Bank, Machias Savings Bank, Katahdin Trust, the Maine Community Foundation and other donors. We are in continuous need of donations to pay for shipping and handling costs.
To donate to The Other Maine Project:
Rachel's Bridge is finallY a reality!
Thank you to Aid for Kids for helping our family every step of the way to make this dream come true. Thank you to all who supported this dream and made it a reality. We are so thankful that Rachel's birth family and their community now have a safe bridge to cross to get to town and the ability to increase commerce in this area that is so poor. See our new youtube video “Rachel’s Bridge A Reality” which documents the dedication ceremony of Rachel’s Bridge and our trip back to visit Rachel’s birth family’s home. View our original "Rachel's Bridge" video which shares our personal journey reuniting our daughter with her birth family and finding this desperate need to replace a dangerous monkey bridge for her family’s village. As a result of all the kind and generous donations given, we were not only able to provide this beautiful, safe bridge (the design of this bridge has been chosen by the local government to be used to build more bridges to replace other unsafe monkey bridges in the area!) but we were also able to provide the funds to have a new home built for Rachel’s birth family after their home was destroyed by a typhoon…and, we were able to bless 20 elementary school children, whose families are too poor to send their children to school, with scholarships to pay for their expenses to be in school this year.
Rachel's Bridge A Reality Video
The school scholarship program is continuing! We would love to be able to continue to provide these scholarships for the children in Soc Trang. For one $20 donation you can help a child to continue to receive an education for an entire year! Please mark your donation for school scholarships – Soc Trang when you make your donation to Aid For Kids for this program.
Make Your Plans Now for the
34th Annual Labor Day Weekend Adoption Camp Out
Aug. 28 – Sept. 1, 2014 at Kelly’s Point in Jonesport, Maine
Aid for Kids Sponsors a Children's Fair - September 6, 2014
The Aid for Kids organization will be sponsoring a children’s fair at the Millar Arena in Houlton on Saturday, September 6th from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. Bess the Book Bus, a traveling literacy van, will be on hand with free books, and there will be a free science show with hands on science activities by Mad Science of Maine. This is a fun, interactive, educational science presentation that all ages will enjoy. The Houlton and Presque Isle Elk’s Clubs will have a drug awareness booth, and the Masons will have a Child Identification booth to give parents the opportunity to make a kit of indentyfying materials of their child. In addition, the Up There Woodturners will be demonstrating their craft, Danya Boyce from the Houlton Band of Maliseets will have a booth on basketmaking, and Lowe’s will be on site with build and grow kits –fun building projects that the kids can construct with the help of a Lowe’s employee. To flesh out the rest of the day, the Maine Forest Service helicopter and pilot will be available to explain the mission of the Forest Service, while members of the Maine State Police will have a driving simulator and fatal vision goggles for all to try; and to reinforce the importance of responsible driving, Judy Bouchard will have a booth on distracted driving. Bracelets with a no texting and driving message will be available free of charge. A.C.A.P. will have a booth on oral hygiene; Bangor Savings Bank will be available to open new savings accounts, to which the bank will donate the first $5; Took a Leap Farm will have a demonstration; and the County Clownz will be on hand to help entertain the crowd with face painting and balloon animals. There will be games, prizes, free books, popcorn, and a barbeque. Mark your calendars and plan to join us for this fun and educational family event! If you have any questions please call 532-4107!
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Vietnam Photo Journal
by Don Funk