Koins for Kids: Kids helping kids

For four years, Handel’s “Koins for Kids” campaign has pitted area schools against each other in a fundraising campaign to benefit Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley.

But, at its core, this lighthearted competition comes down to one heartfelt concept: kids helping kids.

And that’s precisely what they did this past winter, raising more than $46,700 for the hospital, with the help of some special community partners.

From Nov. 27 to Dec. 7, 2012, more than 20,000 students at 31 schools in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties personalized paper snowman ornaments to raise money for the services and programs offered by the hospital to help local children and families.

Other organizations, including area Walgreens and firefighters in Mahoning and Trumbull counties, also helped raise funds for the hospital.

At the end of the campaign, 570 WKBN set up remote sites in each county for three consecutive days to collect the total funds raised. Many lucky students even had the opportunity to turn in their donations live on the radio.

“It’s wonderful to think how a campaign that started in our schools has now turned into a community-wide fundraising effort for the hospital,” said JoAnn Stock, director of development for Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley.

Since its founding in 2009, “Koins for Kids” has raised more than $75,000 for Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley.

Koins for Kids
Published: April 12, 2013
Publication: Children's Progress
Issue: Spring

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