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Stretch Your Giving Dollar

The shopping weekend is over (finally) and now it’s time to give money to organizations that desperately need our support this holiday season. Every year I sit down and really think about where I want my money to go. Where will it make the most impact? What communities do I want to support? Who needs the money most?

This year I want to share with you the organisation near and dear to my heart that I will be supporting. I hope you this join me. Every dollar goes a long way here.


I need to be honest here, Kids Matter has a really important place in my heart because they helped me. Their motto is, “Every Child Needs Someone in Their Corner.” This is literally what Kids Matter does for kids in the foster care system and as they age out. A Milwaukee, WI based non profit, Kids Matter offers support for kids in the system, foster families and relatives providing kinship care and runs the CASA program here. One in ten children in the United States don’t have either parent in their home.

Kids Matter does everything from helping arrange legal counsel, knows the right people in the child welfare system to contact, helps with aging out resources, gives holiday gifts and sends care packages. They also choose to employee people who aged out of the system through their city partnerships.


Kids Matter literally saved my life so many time. Sue, the incredible woman at the helm, has answered my calls in my darkest hours long after I aged out of the system. She has come to my graduations, sent me “thinking of you” packages and managed to make magic happen when I knew other foster kids in need.

Without Kids Matter I would have never gone back to college, probably wouldn’t have moved back to Milwaukee and when I broke my ankle the day before starting my freshman year I wouldn’t have even made it to class without them.

If you are looking for an organisation that really makes a difference, that spends every dollar changing a young persons world, look no further than Kids Matter.



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