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. Due to the Coronavirus, we have decided to postpone our annual toy drive until a vaccine is available. In the meantime, we are running “Kids Chat” via Zoom each week. “Kids Chat” brings kids ages 10-15 together to talk about topics of interest and learn new things. “Kids Chat” is fun and helps kids connect in a safe way during a time of social isolation.
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 are continuing to make a difference in the lives of children in need. With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have turned our focus to helping support children with challenges faced by social isolation. Our weekly “Kids Chat“ brings kids together throughout the country via Zoom and allows them to discuss topics of interest, learn new things and bridge connection during difficult times. It has been difficult for our organization to conceptualize how to safely run our annual toy drive this fall with the realities of Covid-19. Since 2016, we have delivered nearly 14,500 toys to ill children in need. Brightening the lives of thousands of children with our toy drive is a vital component of our work. In lengthy discussions with some of our volunteers as well as our community partners, we have decided to suspend our toy drive this year. Although we are saddened by this decision, our priority is to the safety of our community and the kids we serve. We fully intend to conduct a toy drive in the fall of 2021 when a vaccine is available.
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.