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Families who are sponsored by Kenzi’s Kidz are more than just recipients of our help, they become part of our family and we continue this relationship even after the family’s sponsored year is over.  As part of our family, we love to celebrate with them, especially on the happiest day of a child’s life, their birthday!

Through the generosity of our amazing donors, three of our alumni celebrated their birthdays this month at Chuck E Cheese.  Angel celebrated her 7th birthday and twins Joel and Shekinah turned 4.  All three kids were in our program last year, becoming alumni as of July 31, 2015.  Having created strong bonds with the children we help, we were honored to attend their birthday party!

Do you remember the joy you felt as a kid, opening up all those brightly wrapped birthday presents?  Many low-income families do not have this luxury and it brings us great pleasure here at Kenzi’s Kidz to bring these small joys into families lives.  Angel absolutely loved all the new clothes she opened.  Shekinah was delighted by receiving a Jasmine Disney doll that played a song.  Joel was given a lollipop and he wanted to open it immediately!  He also did not want to put down any of his presents!  All three kids were incredibly excited and thankful for all the clothes and toys they received.

 

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If you’ve ever been to a child’s birthday party at Chuck E Cheese, then you know about the ticket tornado tube!  For those of you who have never experienced this, one or two children will stand in a clear tub while wind circulates and blows prize tickets all around.  The child has one minute to grab as many tickets as they can to redeem prizes.  Well, when Shekinah was in the ticket tornado tube, the flying tickets kept getting stuck in her hair!  When the wind stopped, instead of letting her keep the tickets in her hair, Angel, being ever helpful, knocked all the tickets out of Shekinah’s hair!  Despite losing these tickets, all three kids had an amazing birthday party.

 

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It’s the small things in life that bring us so much joy.  For Angel, Shekinah, and Joel, the chance to have an exciting birthday party at Chuck E Cheese will be something they’ll remember for years to come.  Without our amazing donors, these types of small joys would not be possible.  A huge thank you to these donors and all our donors who sponsor these families and help bring joy and hope into their lives!

 

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Last Tuesday evening, I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at a regional meeting for Wells Fargo managers from Minnesota, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana.  My participation was two-fold, to share about Dolls for Daughters and to help the managers work on teamwork skills while supporting the kids through a Bike Build.

I first shared with them about my journey in creating Dolls for Daughters and how much my life has changed since I lost Kenzi.  I told them about how our toy shop impacted 4,442 lives in 2015 and how those small items change the lives of children in poverty.  I find when I open up and share about my journey and the positive change we make in lives, it opens the doors for others to share about their losses that they may still be healing from.  At the dinner and happy hour, one woman shared with me how she had lost her grandson after he was born at 26 weeks.  He lived for a couple weeks, but didn’t make it through.  The experience was devastating for her and her son and daughter-in-law.  We talked about how even though her son had another baby, he doesn’t replace the one they lost.  Conversations like this provide so much healing and much needed comfort from others who have experienced similar traumatic events.  I love speaking at events like this and helping others move through their journeys of healing.
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After dinner and happy hour, the managers began the Bike Build!  They were broken up into teams and each team had to complete challenges together in order to earn parts to build their bikes!  The challenges included stacking mini cakes on their faces (some four high!), trying to find a way to get an Oreo from their foreheads to their mouths with no hands, and assembling a puzzle without talking!  Although very fun and entertaining, these activities helped the managers with team building and team work, and in the end, they built eight bikes to be donated to our program!  We were also given two additional bikes and $800 in donations.  It brings me such joy interacting with people who believe in making a difference!

 

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It’s one thing for me to speak at these events and raise awareness about Dolls for Daughters, but it’s another thing knowing that I left a lasting impression on the audience.  One of the managers wrote me afterwards, “Thank you so much for being such an awesome part of our event this week. Thank you for giving your time and evening to spend with us. I truly cannot say enough about what your involvement meant.  I’ve heard feedback from a number of our managers who participated and they have ALL mentioned how incredible it was to have you speak and hear your passion & focus. Thank you for helping make this evening such a blessing to so many. We really appreciated you staying around and spending time with our team.”  This type of feedback just solidifies my passion and desire to continue helping the children of Colorado through Dolls for Daughters and Kenzi’s Kidz and to help others through their own journeys of healing!

I walked away that evening with a smile on my face and joy in my heart knowing 10 children would have a new bike because of this group and that three other individuals were inspired enough to donate $800 to our programs.

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We enjoyed a wonderful, intimate evening of Dolls for Daughters friends and patrons. Our supporters enjoyed cocktails and h’orderves, while sharing stories of how they are connected to our organization and what makes them come together, again and again, to help Dolls for Daughters make a difference.

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The Denver Press Club event manager, Jennifer Pullen, offered to let us host this event and had me as the guest bartender. A great big thank you Jennifer for making this night possible, and to the great Danielle and Libby for volunteering and helping us make the event a success.

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As the oldest press club in the United States, beginning back in 1867, the Denver Press Club brings professionals from the media together, and hosts an assortment of events from book discussions to famed guest speakers. With their long history in Colorado and their dedication to the community, the Denver Press Club strives to support causes like Dolls for Daughters by hosting events to strengthen its community ties.

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I want to thank everyone at the Denver Press Club who had a hand in our event and to all of those who came out to join us. We are truly blessed and grateful for all the support we continue to receive.

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Are you looking for ways to support our organization? Are you active on social media?

Help Dolls For Daughters spread the word about our causes and our upcoming Toy Drive. Below you will find some suggested posts & text to share with your network on your favorite social media sites. It’s with your support that we are able to make a difference in the lives of so many children in our community.

Click the Share The Love button to share the post online.


Sample Facebook Posts

share the loveHelp @Dolls for Daughters make a change this Holiday Season! Support their 8th Annual Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Toy Shop. To learn more about this organization watch their video here: https://youtu.be/6F141SiOw6w

 

share the loveAcross the state in 2012, 224,000 Colorado children lived in poverty. With your help, we can impact the lives of these children by providing them a new toy for the holidays. YOU are the difference in this community and we need your support. Below is a list of items @Dolls for Daughters would like to purchase for the 8th Annual Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Toy Shop. Consider making a donation that is meaningful to you and your business today. http://www.dollsfordaughters.com/donate

 

share the love@Dolls For Daughters is now accepting toy and doll donations for their 8th Annual Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Toy Shop. For a list of drop-off locations visit our website. http://www.dollsfordaughters.com/toy-drop-off-locations/

 

share the loveSave the date! December 2, 2017 is the date of the 8th Annual Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Toy Shop. They are looking for volunteers of all ages to help give away toys and help assist with wrapping! http://www.dollsfordaughters.com/causes/dolls-for-daughters-toy-shop/

 

share the loveHelp us make a difference by donating a new toy for a boy or girl ages birth to 18 at any of the @Dolls For Daughters drop off locations or make a monetary donation to help purchase more toys! http://www.dollsfordaughters.com/donate

 


Twitter posts

share the loveHelp @Dolls4Daughter stuff the stockings for children in need. #stuffthestockings bit.ly/1EamimE

 

 

share the loveDonate toys for boys this holiday season to @Dolls4Daughter.  #toysforboys bit.ly/1EamimE

 

 

share the loveMake a difference, donate today to help a child in need.#DFDtoydrive bit.ly/1EamimE

 

 

share the loveYou can be the difference, donate a toy for a child in need.#DFDtoydrive bit.ly/1EamimE

 

 

share the loveWant to make a difference this holiday season? Donate toys to @Dolls4Daughters #DFDtoydrive bit.ly/1EamimE

 

 

share the loveWant to do something special for the holidays? Help @Dolls4Daughters provide gifts for underprivileged kids at #DFDtoydrive bit.ly/1EamimE

 

 

share the love@Dolls4Daughters is taking toy donations through December 2. Help us provide toys to underprivileged kids.#DFDtoydrive bit.ly/1EamimE

 

 

share the loveCome help us celebrate the holiday spirit; donate toys to @Dolls4Daughters .#DFDtoydrive bit.ly/1Eamim

 

 


Drop Off Locations Post

We are an official drop off location for the @Dolls for Daughters Annual Toy Drive. Bring in NEW dolls and NEW toys for boys and girls ages birth to 18. Our goal each year is to collect at least 1,000 new dolls and at least 5,000 new toys for boys and girls.

 

 


Sample Email to share your support.

Dear Friends/Coworkers/Team,

I am reaching out to you to let you know that [I am/we are/Company Name is] participating in the Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Toy Drive to help more than 10,000 children in our community have gifts this holiday season.

We have partnered with Dolls for Daughters and Kenzi’s Kidz, a Denver nonprofit that has been giving toys back to children in our community since 2008.

Last year Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys provided a new toy and more to 5,269 needs to be 8,983 children in Colorado. Their annual Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Toy Shop, held the first Saturday in December, provided a new toy, stocking, stocking stuffer, books and toothbrush/toothpaste kit to 3,326 needs to be 4,609 children who would have otherwise gone without. 83% of the families they served in 2014 needs to be 2016 had a household income of $20,000 or less a year.

I am/we are excited to partner with them to help collect new toys for boys and girls until December 2nd. They accept any NEW toy for boys and girls ages birth to 18 with the exception Legos (they currently have thousands in storage). Please help us support this local charity by donating new toys.

Gift Ideas

• Soccer Balls
• Footballs
• Dolls
• Trucks
• Coloring books
• Crayons
• Nail Polish
• Make-up for Kids
• Watches for teens
• Skateboards
• Puzzles
• Toddler & Infant Toys

It takes the resources and collective hearts of many and it takes support from wonderful people like you to carry out their mission to support underprivileged children and their families in Colorado by providing toys, food and more during the holidays.

You can drop off your donations at:
Or contact ___________________ directly with more info.

Thank you for taking time to read this letter and for considering supporting us in providing even more children with these special gifts.
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To learn more about Dolls for Daughters and Kenzi’s Kidz the good work they do visit: http://www.dollsfordaughters.com
Dolls for Daughters and Kenzi’s Kidz is a 501(c)(3) organization. EIN: 26-4678835

 

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This January I wanted to find more joy in Kenzi’s birthday month than sorrow. I wanted to celebrate her and what she has inspired me to create.

In January 2015 we raised $7,002 to honor Kenzi’s 8th birthday. Please consider making a $9 donation on January 23rd to celebrate Kenzi’s birthday and help us impact the lives of more children in 2016.

Please consider making your $9 donation a reoccurring monthly donation. $9 changes the lives of 9 children at our toy shop each year. $9 means that 9 children will get a stocking or stocking stuffer. By the end of the year, with a monthly donation of $9, you will impact the lives of 108 children in December. Our goal is to serve more thank 6,000 children in the state in 2016.

Click Here, to make a donation in honor of Kenzi.

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Tonya Bradshaw first learned about Dolls for Daughters in 2009 when she was told Jessica’s story by a mutual friend. Tonya was immediately touched by Jessica’s story about her daughter Kenzi and the way she inspired Jessica to help others by creating Dolls for Daughters. She began supporting Dolls for Daughters right away from picking up donations, volunteering at the auctions and Toy Shops, participating in the bowling events, and helping to set up and prepare for the annual Toy Shop events.

Tonya tells us, “I chose to support Dolls for Daughters because I believe in the good that the organization does. It is easy and fun to support the organization in a variety of ways.” She still recalls her most memorable experience in supporting Dolls for Daughters: she was volunteering at the Toy Shop a few years ago, and witnessed a teenage boy trying to pick the gift he wanted for himself while also helping his little brother. The teenage boy found a ball cap that he really wanted. However, a few minutes later he came back and asked Tonya if he could give the ball cap back to her. He wanted to exchange his gift in so that his little brother could have a second gift instead. “It was so sweet to see him sacrifice his gift to make his little brother happy,” says Tonya.

Tonya believes it is so important to give back, and that Dolls for Daughters does that and more, by supporting underprivileged children and their families. Tonya’s words of wisdom “It’s important to find the organization whose mission is one that is also important to you.” She also thinks that everyone has their own special way to help support an organization. If you are better at providing manpower than requesting donations, look for volunteer opportunities where you can provide the needed manpower. There is no best way to help: help the way that feels best to you.

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Packz 4 Kidz

As a part of our Kenzi’s Kidz program, we began providing backpacks and school supplies for the children who were a part of, or alumni of, the program. As the number of children in the program has grown, so has the number of backpacks and school supplies that we need for them. As of this year, 2015, we have officially named this program Packz 4 Kidz, and are able to offer backpacks filled with school supplies to children outside of our Kenzi’s Kidz program.

In our effort to provide as many children as we possibly can with backpacks and school supplies this fall, we hope that you will consider supporting us. Your online donation of $65 will provide a new backpack filled with school supplies to one child.

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If you would prefer to fill a backpack and then drop it off to our offices, here is a list of the items needed most by students:

  • 24 #2 pencils
  • 3 pink erasers
  • 2 packs Crayola crayons
  • 1 pack thin Crayola markers
  • 1 pack thick Crayola markers
  • 5 glue sticks
  • 1 package of colored pencils
  • Pencil pouch
  • 1 pair Fiskar kid scissors
  • Package of highlighters
  • Package of dry erase markers
  • Package of black pens
  • Folders in one of the following colors yellow, blue, green or red
  • Wide ruled composition notebooks in red, blue, green and yellow
  • Large box of Kleenex
  • Package of Clorox wipes
  • 1 box of gallon storage bags
  • 1 box of quart storage bags
  • Backpack

Drop-Off Location

4500 Cherry Creek South Drive
Suite 1070
Denver, CO 80246

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Dr. Jeffrey Raval and his wife Amy, met Jessica Bachus at a Stanley British Primary School event. From the beginning, Dr. Raval was inspired by how Jessica decided to honor her daughter’s memory by providing dolls to young girls during Christmas. Raval Facial Aesthetics and Rocky Mountain Laser Aesthetics has been making financial contributions to Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys ever since! Over the past four years that they have contributed to Dolls for Daughters, they say “the incredible impact that the Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Program has on thousands of children each year continues to inspire us.”

Raval Facial Aesthetics and Rocky Mountain Laser Aesthetics is a leading practice in Colorado for medical cosmetic procedures. The practice allows patients to integrate surgical and non-surgical procedures with laser aesthetic procedures through personalized care and consultation. “Our practice is all about improving ourselves and our community,” says Amy.

As a business, Raval Facial Aesthetics and Rocky Mountain Laser Aesthetics truly values being an active part of its community. They feel that supporting Dolls for Daughters is an important way that they can play a positive role within the community. The whole team enjoys participating in unique ways to help improve their community; however medical director, Jeffrey Raval MD, MBA, FACS, truly goes above and beyond when it comes to nurturing and providing for his community. He is recognized for his contributions as the Honorary Patron of this year’s Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, for his efforts at the Denver Inner City Health Center, Streets of Hope, the Lions Project, and several other organizations. Dr. Raval and his team at Raval Facial Aesthetics and Rocky Mountain Laser Aesthetics, continue to extend their commitment to the local community and the underprivileged children that Dolls for Daughters serves. They are wholeheartedly committed to the idea of serving underprivileged children and their families by providing them with toys, food, school supplies, and clothing.

For Dr. Raval and his team, they feel that donating monetarily allows those who know the community best to put their generosity to the best possible use. However, they look forward to the upcoming Toy Shop, where they would love the opportunity to volunteer with their 6 and 4 year old son and daughter. Amy Raval’s words of wisdom,

“giving to Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys is a great way to make a lasting impact for years to come by targeting the needful youth of our community.”

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Stephanie KonopelskiAs a leading force behind her Mother-Daughter group, Stephanie Konopelski was seeking an organization that would help instill strong community bonds and values in her own daughters. While browsing through the Denver Post, Stephanie spotted an announcement for Dolls for Daughters, who was looking for volunteers for their upcoming Toy Shop.

Stephanie signed her group of 7 moms and 10 daughters up to help out, and that was the beginning of the incredible bond that was formed between these two groups. Since that day, the group volunteers at the Toy Shop every year. For the past 3 years, they look forward to their chance to see those happy faces, and the joy they feel as they are able to help these amazing families at the Holidays. Stephanie says that her favorite part of the day is “going through the toy line with a mom and helping her decide what to get for each of her children.”

Being able to help those who are less fortunate than she, while teaching her own daughters the great value in giving, is the gift that Stephanie gets from each Toy Shop. Watching her daughters as they help others and learn to truly understand what giving is all about is priceless.

There are so many out there who can use your help. Stephanie appeals to everyone to, “Find a list of organizations that need help and find what speaks to you.”

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BarryRogersBarry Rogers, with Pacific Office Automation (POA), was introduced to Dolls for Daughters through a business alliance group event hosted by one of their major clients. Jessica Bachus shared the Dolls for Daughters vision with POA that evening, and instantly a brainstormbegan brewing on how POA could help support Dolls for Daughters.

Pacific Office Automation is committed to providing both business and community support in Colorado. Their goal is to create win-win relationships with their customers as well as their community. In their quest to support Dolls for Daughters in any way they can, they donate both time and financial resources, so Dolls for Daughters can in turn fulfill the needs of children and families who need their help.

Pacific Office’s tag line is “Problem Solved”, and that’s what they set out to do; in every setting. Whether it is in business, in their community or in a social setting, Barry and the folks at POA strive to provide solutions. They provide customized technology solutions specialized to a business’ needs, which include IT network services, software solutions, and document printing solutions.

They chose to support Dolls for Daughters because it, “has an outward focus of giving back to the community and helping those in need of financial, emotional, and charitable support.” POA will be participating in the upcoming Dolls for Daughters 5th Annual Scramble Golf Tournament, which they are also co-sponsoring. They also look forward to this year’s Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Toy Shop, where they will be volunteering alongside “one of our delivery drivers who has an uncanny resemblance to a man in a sled that frequents homes around the world on Christmas Eve. I believe he will be at the Toy Shop to greet children and families this year.”

Barry tells us that when he is choosing which organizations to support, he looks for like-minded organizations that are looking to have a positive impact in the community and do so in a selfless, outward-focused fashion. “This is what we see in Dolls for Daughters,” he states.

Barry’s words of wisdom,

“There are an unlimited number of organizations to support. Choose what calls to you.”

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