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It’s only the 2nd week of February and already Kids Can has had and/or taken part in 3 events!

The first event was at the grand opening up the Dania Beach PATCH Farmer’s Market. FLIPANY (Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth) took part in the grand opening and Kids Can’s Meagan and Madison volunteered, prepared, and served food to the guests. Over 200 people came out to the event!

Our second event was Kids Can’s first lunch challenge in 2014 took place on February 2nd. We had kids as young as 3 and even some pre-teens and some grandparents take part in the event and we made over 200 bag lunches!

And finally, Kids Can took part in the “I Care I Cure…I Run” 5K Walk/Run, plus the 1 mile color run which was held at the BB&T Center on February 9th. Kids Can had over 20 participants and the kids were so excited knowing that they were raising money to help stop childhood cancer!

Thank you to everyone who helped make these events an amazing success!

Pictures from all of these events can be found on our Gallery page.

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Join Kids Can at the I Care, I Cure 5K Run / Walk

Kids Can will be participating in the “I Care, I Cure… I Run” 5K Run/Walk and Family Fun Day. The event will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at the BB&T Center Sunrise, FL. Click here for more information!

If you’re not part of a group, you can join us! Click the link below to join our group. Once you register on the page, you can select the Kids Can team.

Hope to see you out there!

7th Annual I Care I Cure…I Run 5K and Family Fun Day!

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Kids Can Announces First Lunch Challenge for 2014

It’s a new year, so we have a NEW challenge! Making 150 individual lunches was just too easy for these kids, so lets make 300 this time!

Kids Can’s first lunch challenge of 2014 will be held on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at the Posnak JCC in Davie from 3:00pm – 5:00pm (address is listed below)!

These 300 individual lunches will be donated to LIFENET4FAMILIES, whose organization not only feeds the homeless, but families who just can’t make ends meet as well. We know that Kids CAN do it!!

Space is limited so please RSVP as soon as possible! The lunches we’ll be making will be: PB&J sandwiches, individual chip bags and a juice box that will all be placed into individual lunch bags. Remember – all children must be accompanied by an adult!

And, new for 2014, we will do the shopping for you! Just bring $5.00 per child and we will buy the loaves of bread, peanut butter, jelly, small bags of chips, juice boxes and brown lunch bags.

Can’t wait until the 2nd – why not donated now?! Donations to Kids Can can be made through PayPal or you can request an invoice from us!

Can’t make it on the 2nd, but want to make sure we have enough ingredients for this big goal??? Send us a small donation and we will make sure you receive information about our next event, so you don’t miss out!

Contact us here or contact Pennie at kidscan2013@gmail.com for more information!

Make sure you RSVP as soon as possible to get in on the fun and surprises at the JCC on the February 2nd!

See you soon!

David Posnack Jewish Community Center
5850 South Pine Island Road
Davie, Florida 33328

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Kids Can Featured in DRW Magazine

DRW Magazine (www.drwmag.com) was on hand for the Kids Can Houses for Change event and published the following article in their January 2014 issue. Special thanks to Jared Blaunt, owner and editor of DRW Magazine, for allowing us to post the article in its entirety.

A Second Grader Leads Creative Efforts to Help Homeless Families Everywhere

With stickers, crayons and markers, several dozen children delicately designed small house-shaped cardboard boxes recently, in an innovative effort to help other children who don’t have homes at all. Once designed the boxes were to be used as collection boxes, which when full were to be donated to two local non-profits that help homeless families.

“We are doing it to make a difference in people’s lives and let them do the things they want to do,” said Logan Bratter, a 2nd grader from Cooper City. Not only was Bratter one of the home designers, he is also the Chairman of the Board of the Kids Can Foundation, the local group that organized the Houses for Change fundraiser.

More than 50 youngsters turned out at the David Posnack Jewish Community Center in Davie on December 8th to help build and create the Houses for Change. The houses and the art supplies were provided by Kids Can; the young do-gooders needed to bring only their ideas and imaginations.

The concept behind the Houses for Change is to let kids with homes help those without, said Mark Wasserman, the founder of the project. “The kids are learning that they can make a difference no matter how young they are,” he said.

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Asher Gilmore, 5, works on his creation for the Kids Can Foundation

Wasserman developed the project three years ago while volunteering with Family Promise, a national non-profit organization which helps homeless families get back on their feet. Since its inception, Houses for Changes has encouraged 30,000 children to raise $400,000 for charities of their choice.

The money collected in the Davie project will go to Broward Outreach Center and Family Promise, the national sponsor of Houses for Change.

“This is the sweetest thing I have ever seen. I have done this for ten years, and this is the first event of its kind. I am very touched,” said Nina Corbe of the Miami Rescue Mission, which operates the Broward Outreach Center.

Made up of kids between the ages of 1-16, the Kids Can Foundation is based on the concept of kids helping kids. Just past its first anniversary, the group got its start when Logan Bratter came home from a violin lesson one day and asked his mother if all kids were lucky enough to enjoy music lessons and other after-school enrichment. “She said some weren’t and I wasn’t okay with that,” said Logan.

Working with several other local families since then, the Kids Can Foundation has held seven or eight fundraisers, including making sandwiches for homeless shelters, coloring events, a 5k run, and an event with Young at Art. “We started doing little projects, and it took off from there,” said Rebecca Bratter, Logan’s mother.

The foundation’s goal is to teach children how to be good members of the community and learn how to give back. Bratter says they’ve raised close to $10,000, and have already made scholarship donations to provide music lessons to students who otherwise couldn’t afford them.

The foundation was also partnering with the 2nd graders of the University School of Nova Southeastern University to decorate boxes to fill with toys to bring to a local children’s hospital.

For more information on Houses for Change, visit them at www.HousesForChange.org.

Click here to view pictures from the event.

ISSUE #297 • JANUARY 2014 • DRW MAGAZINE

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Donation Delivered to the Jason Taylor Foundation

Kids Can delivered another donation to the The Jason Taylor Foundation. Ilan and Rebecca Goldmann presented their check in the amount of $500. The Jason Taylor Foundation supports and creates programs that facilitate the personal growth and empowerment of South Florida’s children in need by focusing on improved health care, education and quality of life.

Ilan and Rebecca’s donation from Kids Can will be earmarked for the Jason Taylor Reading Room located at the Miramar Youth Enrichment Program. This after school program focuses on engaging students in creative learning experiences that foster a love for reading and enhance communication skills.

On hand to receive the donation was Jason Taylor and Seth Levit, Executive Director. Also present were Ilan and Rebecca’s parents, Keith and Pennie, who couldn’t be more proud of their kids.

Check out our gallery page to view the picture of this donation; Rebecca was a little camera shy.

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