Kids Matter International Brings Holiday Cheer

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Kids Matter International partners with Boston’s Gourmet Pizza to clothe over 1,100 needy children in North Texas during the Holidays.

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Kids Matter International will host its annual “Around the Block” clothing program presented by Boston’s the Gourmet Pizza at the KOHL’S department store at State Highway 114 and Southlake Boulevard on Tuesday November 13th at 4pm. KMI works with local school systems, churches, social service groups and other nonprofit organizations to identify and contact the local families of the children. “Last year, through the generosity of our partners, we were able to clothe over 1029 children” stated Joe King, President and CEO of Kids Matter International. The KMI “Around the Block” program enables families with limited resources to make sure their children get the things they really need for Christmas, including a brand new pair of shoes. The children accompanied by their parents get to pick out their own selection of clothes ensuring they get just exactly what they want. “If you have never experienced the KMI “Around the Block” evening at KOHL’S, there is no better way to get your family into the Christmas Spirit” commented Coye Conner, Chairman of Kids Matter International.

The majority of the funding for this year’s KMI “Around the Block” evening comes from the Boston’s Pizza Foundation. The Boston’s Pizza Foundation hosts a fall charity golf tournament every year that supports local charities. “We selected the KMI ;Around the Block' program for the third year because it supports the children and families right here in our community. It has proven to be a great way to engage our vendors and our employees alike to give back to the community,” said Mike Best, Chief Operating Officer of Boston’s the Gourmet Pizza in the United States. Additionally, Boston’s will provide snacks and refreshments for all of the families and the army of volunteers.

In addition to the Boston’s Pizza Foundation, The Ryan Palmer Foundation and Ryan and Jennifer Palmer will once again be providing a new backpack for each child. This year we will also be partnering with The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, who will provide books to these children to promote education and to enhance their learning experience.

The KOHL’S doors will open at 4pm on November 13th. Each family goes through a registration process and then is paired with one of over 450 KMI volunteers to go shopping. Each family is given $100.00 per child to spend on their specific needs. Once the shopping is over, the children proceed to the Buckner International shoe tent where each child will receive a brand new pair of shoes. Buckner International is a 134 year old Dallas based international charity. “Buckner shares KMI’s dedication and commitment to making life better for vulnerable children and families, so we are honored to be a part of the Around the Block event” remarked Steve Massey, Buckner Foundation Gift Officer.

About the company:
Kids Matter International is a faith based, not-for-profit 501(c)3 dedicated to serving the needs of disadvantaged children here and around the world. KMI operates or partners with charities and communities in the United States, India, Honduras, United Kingdom and the United Kingdom. Kids Matter International (KMI) was founded in 2006 in the manner that many non-profits do – good people see a need in the community and decide to serve that particular cause. What sets KMI apart is the extent of influence the volunteers and board members have had on the local and international community in just the few short years it has operated. KMI currently has Platinum Partnerships with Boston’s the Gourmet Pizza, Buckner International, Texas Nissan, and Kohl’s.

Whether Around the World or Around the Block, Kids Matter.

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