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The Children’s Foundation launches Free to Grow at Home emergency support initiative

The Children’s Foundation has launched a new emergency support initiative called Free to Grow at Home.  In a release yesterday, the Foundation says the Program helps hundreds of kids from low-income homes get in the game every year by funding them to participate in recreational activities like sports, camps, and the arts, as well as life-skill activities like babysitting training and driver’s education. With so many activities being cancelled this summer due to the ongoing pandemic, the Foundation is committed to finding new, creative ways to support the well-being and healthy development of kids in the community.

The Free to Grow at Home initiative will be providing recreational kits for kids that will get their hands and feet moving, spark their imagination, and support their learning and development.

Families with children already being supported by the Children’s Foundation through their core programs will be eligible to submit a request for a Free to Grow at Home recreation kit. The Foundation is hopeful that with enough community support it will be able to deliver 1,000 kits in time for summertime fun.

The Children’s Foundation is looking for support from the community in raising the funds needed to purchase the supplies for the kits, as well as sourcing out those supplies. The Foundation is aiming for a win-win scenario, where the raised funds can go back into the local economy by supporting businesses that can provide the supplies.