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Although KMI works primarily with middle
school age children, any child is eligible for the
program, regardless of age, as long as the child
is enrolled in school. Up to four children per
family may participate. The list is prioritized
with the help from school counselors.
of shoes. The children, who are accompanied
by their parents, get to pick out their own
clothes to ensure they get exactly what they
want. Some of them may be getting brand new
items of clothing for the first time this year or
for the first time in their lives.
The organization also works with local school
systems, churches, social service groups and
other nonprofit organizations to identify and
contact the local families of the children.
POVERTY RATES IN TEXAS
The event offers brand new clothing to over
1,200 children from the DFW Metroplex. KMI
has discovered that by providing new clothing
for these children, they gain personal confi-
dence and a feeling that they are deserving of
the very best. This event also teaches them that
our community cares about their well-being.
The KMI “Around the Block” program
enables families with limited resources to make
sure their children get the things they really
need for Christmas, including a brand new pair
Most people in our community are surprised
to know how many children live in poverty
right in our own back yard. According to U.S.
Census Bureau data, the Texas poverty rate in
2012 was 17.9 percent, which fell only slightly
from 18.5 percent in 2011. The U.S. average
poverty rate is 15.9 percent. In Texas, 13 per-
cent of household incomes were below $15,000
per year as stated by census data.
DETAILS OF THE EVENTS
The Southlake Kohl’s operates normal business
hours and hosts the “Around the Block” event.
After registration, each family is given their
scheduled shopping time, then paired with one
of over 400 KMI volunteers to begin shopping.
Each child receives a $100 voucher to spend
that evening at Kohl’s along with a new pair of
shoes from Buckner International and a back-
pack from the Ryan Palmer Foundation. At this
year’s event, the Barbara Bush Family Literacy
Foundation joined the program and offered a
book to each child, as well.
——————————–———————— The holidays bring cold weather, warm feelings
and the urge to spread joy to all children in
need. Plan ahead to be a part of next year’s event.
——————————–———————— To get involved now, for more information,
to donate or to volunteer, please visit the Kids
Matter International website at :
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——————————–———————— Or call KMI at (817) 488-7679
——————————–———————— In The Know | Kids Matter International
needs over 400 volunteers and $100 per child
to make each event successful.
| NOVEMBER 2013