Kids Serving Kids was formed in 2001 by Samara J. Wilson who was 10 years old at the time.whose inspiration came from her talks with the late Dr. C. DeLores Tucker (her great-aunt) and further encouraged by seeing her great-uncle, Dr. William Tucker, who has been hosting a Children’s Christmas Dinner Party for disadvantaged children for over 22 years, serving over 3,800 children at one time.
Samara had wondered for several years how she and her best friend could help children less fortunate than themselves until this past summer she heard that over 15 million children went hungry every year in America. Samara said, “I am so tired of hearing everyone talking about homeless children and I don’t just want to talk, I need to help do something. I feel blessed to have my family that helps my mom take care of me and want other kids to know that there is hope even when things look bad”. She then invited some of her friends to join her in asking businesses and people they knew to donate items. Each participating member of the group was asked to collect at least one box of food per shelter/family visit.
The first project was held in honor of National Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week in 2011. The group of young leaders delivered food to the Lutheran Settlement Home for Homeless mothers and children played games with the children and gave out prizes, toiletries, new clothes and other donated items. They also shared a positive message of hope with the children.
This year, “Kids Serving Kids” selected 10 families to adopt. They gave them, a food basket with a turkey and other meat, toiletries, coats, scarves and hats, toys and other items.
FEEDING THE HUNGRY:
Since the beginning, (2010) Kids Serving Kids has collected healthy food items for children and youth. They collect and purchase food items throughout the year in order to make food boxes for families with young children.
Baby Formula and Food is also in high demand.
Coats are collected throughout the year specifically for children and youth and distributed during the winter months.
While the collection of Clothing is not the biggest focus of the Kids Serving Kids project, clothing donations are collected and distributed as well. We only accept new clothing for children and youth.
Baby Diapers are also accepted.
Kids Serving Kids is now accepting donations consisting of toiletries and other hygiene related items to help young girls practice proper care of their bodies.
The leaders of Kids Serving Kids are planning an event this summer to bring young ladies together to teach them proper hygiene, especially in areas where there are low income individuals.
Their goal is to give each young lady a packet containing daily hygenetic items and give them a positive message of hope, telling them how beautiful they are are encouragement to attend college.
The leaders of Kids Serving Kids will be offering a series of workshops to train other youth to become leaders and to encourage them to take on leadership roles.
They will be seeking individuals to join Kids Serving Kids and to take a leadership role in the program.