JOY, HOPE AND CELEBRATION
Kidzz Helping Kidzz is a nonprofit organization aimed at helping bring joy, hope and celebration to children in their time of need.
A Message from Zachary
When my brother, Noah, was a baby he became very ill and needed to go to the hospital three times. It was very scary to see him hooked up to so many tubes. I decided that I wanted to help kids feel less scared in the hospital. Kids need to experience hope and joy in the hospital. This year my goal is to raise at least 5,000 toys to give to children who are ill and in the hospital during the Christmas holiday.
10-year-old Zachary Darner’s infant brother was quite ill and in the hospital on several occasions. It was then that Zachary decided to try to raise 50 new toys to give to children at Harrison Hospital and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital during the Christmas Holiday. He went door to door in his neighborhood providing informational flyers to neighbors and friends about his “Kidzz Helping Kidzz” project. He set up collection boxes around town and gave presentations to his classmates at school about the project. The toy drive exceeded all expectations and he distributed 259 toys.
Zachary increased his goal to raise 1,000 toys to give to children during the holidays at Harrison Hospital, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, and Seattle Children’s Hospital. To help promote his toy collection, Zachary gave public presentations at local Rotary Clubs and schools. Zachary also met with the Mayor of Bremerton who promised to lend her support to his project. He delivered 1589 toys!
Zachary set a goal to raise 5000 toys to give to children who were in the hospital during the Christmas holiday. He provided public presentations to schools, Rotary clubs and public officials. He went door to door handing out fliers to the community, and formed an Advisory Board of kids who helped him to deliver the toys. Once again, he exceeded his goal and raised 5890 toys which were given to children at Harrison Hospital, Seattle Children's Hospital, and Mary Bridge Children's Hospital.
Zachary and the Kidzz Helping Kidzz Advisory Board hand-painted beautiful Easter boxes that were filled with over 1200 toys and given to children with Cancer at Puget Sound area hospitals on Easter. At the Christmas holiday, Zachary raised 5500 toys which were given to ill children at Harrison Hospital, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Zachary and his Advisory Board of kids developed programs with the Bremerton Backpack Brigade, Coffee Oasis and Barnes & Nobels to help kids in need,
Zachary and the kids who comprise our Advisory Board want to continue to make a difference in the lives of children in need this year. They are committed to brightening the lives of at least 5000 children at Harrison, Seattle Children’s Hospital and Mary Bridge Children’s hospital during the Christmas holiday. They also want to continue to support the Bremerton Backpack Brigade by filling backpacks with food that are given to low-income children at school. They support Homeless Youth at the Coffee Oasis by baking deserts and having “game night” with the youth on Friday evenings. They also built a puppet theater and are having puppet shows for young children during Story Time at Barnes & Noble. These kids are unstoppable! They have also designed a mentoring program aimed at supporting siblings of children with a chronic illness which we hope to start this fall.
2019 has been an exciting year for us. Please read our annual report to see what we accomplished in 2019!
Download the Kidzz Helping Kidzz 2019 Annual Report by clicking on the PDF icon.
2018 Annual Report
Read our annual report and see some great pictures of our 2018 toy delivery!
Download the Kidzz Helping Kidzz 2018 Annual Report by clicking on the PDF icon.