KC4K Newsletter Vol. 1 - February 2008
President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and me! Can you believe it? I was so surprised and so excited to meet President Clinton at my high school and then to be on the Oprah Show the same day. During the show, President Clinton told me that a friend of his was giving KC4K $500,000! Unbelievable! The Oprah Show aired September 4, 2007 and again on Thanksgiving Day.
Over the last few months, we’ve received TONS of requests for funding. Now we are forming a committee to review each of these requests. The need is so great! It’s hard not to get overwhelmed. But we know from experience that it doesn’t take a lot to make a difference. It’s been exciting to see what we can all do together….
A Note from Kendall's Parents, Mike & Ellery
We’ve told Kendall that Kids Caring 4 Kids is like a teenager who has grown two feet in one week! In 2004, Kendall gathered up $360 of her own money to sponsor an AIDS orphan. That one act of compassion has blossomed into hundreds of good deeds by many other children and adults.
When our daughter founded Kids Caring 4 Kids, Kendall’s first goal was to raise $60,000 for AIDS orphans. That goal is now $1 million…and we are more than half-way there. Frankly, we are stunned! After receiving the generous gift of $500,000, we knew we had entered a new stage in KC4K’s development.
So, what now? Lately, that’s been the BIG question in the Ciesemier home. We want to continue to help AIDS orphans and inspire and equip other kids to make a difference in their world. With that in mind, here is what’s next for KC4K:
- Pour more energy into getting KC4K’s message out about how kids can make a difference
- Carefully review funding opportunities to make the best choices about where to allocate your gifts
- Respond to the many speaking requests Kendall has received. Because she can’t say “yes” to them all, we will be creating a KC4K DVD.
- Expand our Board of Directors (in the past it has just been our family)
We believe Kids Caring 4 Kids has an important and urgent mission. By 2010, the number of children orphaned by AIDS is expected to exceed 25 million — slightly more than the population of Texas. That’s why it is so important that all of us, children and adults, work together and provide hope to these precious children.
Thank you for your support of Kendall and KC4K!
Mike & Ellery Ciesemier