Comfort for Kids started out just from one small idea from a really compassionate and caring young girl. Alyssa had a vision and her vision started the day that she told her mom that the stuffed fish that she won at the fair was still full of life and new looking that she wanted it to bring another child smiles. So we asked a friend of ours who is a volunteer fireman and he gave us some good ideas and then one day we just ran across the Wake County Foster Care system and their yearly party.
The foster care stockings are the main part of Alyssa's mission and has continued to grow. We started late our first year September 2012 but were still pretty darn happy with supplying 56.
2012 = 56 filled stockings
2013 = 200 filled stockings plus miscellaneous items
2014 = 364 filled stockings plus miscellaneous items
2015 = 832 filled stockings plus miscellaneous items
2016 = 362 filled stockings plus miscellaneous items
Every year since 2012 we always have a goal of 150 and luckily with the support of the community we have been very successful.
We have been given most items as donations from the community. We have received scholarship and grants and also raised money with some items by holding a local yard sale. All of these have aided in the supply of our stockings! The community is awesome and what we are doing is a very small part of a very big act of compassion.
In 2015 Dutchman Creek Self Storage donated the storage unit to us. We are so very thankful for this and couldn't have done it without them and the space.
In 2014 Alyssa was nominated for the Kohl's Cares Scholoarship Program and again in 2015. This time she received an individual scholarship of 50.00 that she turned right back around and used to purchase items for those stockings.
In 2014 Alyssa was awarded grant from Start A Snowball, Inc. located in Raleigh supporting young children in their mission and projects. This year she was awarded the 2016 Girl of Merit with the Girls World Expo because of her mission and nomination of an awesome teacher at her middle school last year.
Every year after the Christmas party I ask Alyssa are you doing it again next year and her response with the squint of an eye is "Mom how can you ask this because for every stocking I don't provide is one less child without one of course we are doing it."
As a proud mom I can not ever thank the community enough for supporting my daughter and encouraging her to continue to follow her heart. With out the community we would NEVER make this happen.
The big picture is that she wants to continue to supply stockings for the stocking drive, continue to provide gently loved animals to those children in distressed situations as well as one day to have a her own mini store where the kids can come shop for free.