Around The Block is Kids Matter’s largest local program serving thousands of children each November, just in time for Christmas, at Kohl’s department stores. Thousands of underprivileged children and their families are partnered with volunteers who guide them through Kohl’s and help them select new clothes. With help from our partners – Kohl’s, The Barbara Bush Foundation For Family Literacy, Boston’s Pizza Foundation, Buckner International, Enterprise Holdings, and The Ryan Palmer Foundation, this program has clothed over 5,500 children since 2007 and continues to grow steadily each year.
In 2015, with the help of over 600 volunteers, this one-night event provided new clothing and essential supplies to 1,311 children from the North Texas area. To complement their new wardrobes, they also receive new shoes, backpacks, and books.
By providing new clothing for these children, they gain confidence in knowing they are deserving of the very best and that people outside their own families care about their well-being. We rejoice in the success stories we see and hear about after the event. The smiles and tears of joy on their faces makes this event one of the most rewarding of the year for our volunteers and partners.
Volunteers are needed to shop with the children and their families, as well as to work the event and serve on the planning committee. Let the children be your inspiration to sign-up online and volunteer!
Sponsor a child’s winter wardrobe from head to toe for just $100. Unlike most fundraising events, 100% of the proceeds raised, go directly to the child for their purchases at Kohl’s. Kohl’s offers deep discounts on their clothing for that evening so your $100 buys much more than it otherwise could. If you would like to sponsor a child or family, please donate online and specify your donation to the Around the Block program or contact the Kids Matter Office.