MLK Jr. National Day of Service 2018

We celebrate National Days of Service on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and 9/11 Day of Remembrance. These were started by the Corporation for National and Community Service. This year, for MLK Day we met to pack On the Go Bags for our Milwaukee neighbors who are homeless. This is a project that we started with HELP last year. Families brought in cash or item donations and then everyone moved through the tables packing bags with toiletries and other things. Some families brought home a bag to give out and the majority of bags were given to Mr. Bob’s Under the Bridge

Make a Difference Day, 2017

This was our second year participating in the citywide Make a Difference Day. We even got to return to the home that we spruced up last year in 2016. The purpose of this event is to visit yards of the elderly in the fall to get to all those tasks that have become hard for them.

It was an absolute pleasure helping Miss B with getting her yard ready for the winter today. We had 10 families (lots of big and little hands!) trimming bushes, raking leaves and chopping down brush. Miss B was beyond appreciative. She remembered us from last year and was overwhelmed at all of the families who came out to be “such a blessing” to her. A highlight was being able to sing “Happy Birthday” to her! (She recently turned 90!!!) Thanks to all the families who came out in this cold weather to make warm memories!!

And thank you to our parters at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and Interfaith Older Adult Programs, Inc. for giving us this opportunity!

9/11 National Day of Service: Veteran Care Kits

The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of efforts originally launched in 2002 by the nonprofit 9/11 Day with wide support by the 9/11 community and leading national service organizations. This effort first established the inspiring tradition of engaging in charitable service on 9/11 as an annual and forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks.

— Corporation for National and Community Service (serve.gov)

The Saturday before 9/11 Day 2017, families from Toddlers and Kids on a Mission and Human Equality Love Project gathered in that spirit of giving many of us witnessed in 2001. We packed 50+ veteran care kits. Along with the extra supplies, those kits will be given to the Milwaukee VA Medical Center for distribution to local vets in need. Veteran Stu made a special appearance for a read aloud and passed out books for all our helpers to take home. 

TOAM’s Play with Purpose Day at Little Sprouts Play Cafe

Thank you to everyone to showed up to play at Little Sprouts Play Cafe on Monday! Thanks to generous donations at the Play with Purpose fundraiser, 4 events are now fully funded for Toddlers and Kids on a Mission.  

4 fully funded missions means

  • new books will be given to children so they can have reading material at home
  • craft supplies can be replenished to allow little hands to brighten someone’s day with their art 
  • speakers from amazing Milwaukee organizations can be asked in to our events to give us information about their cause
  • more families will have access to FREE service opportunities

We loved meeting new families at Play with Purpose. It was amazing to see how many parents are out there who feel like we do about service: That one can never be too young to be kind.  Along with addressing current Milwaukee needs, we are showing our young ones that they are going to help shape our future. That is no small task and we look forward to helping accomplish that with all the new families we met at Little Sprouts Play Cafe at some of our upcoming events.  

Thank you to Little Sprouts Play Cafe and all the families who contributed to TOAM. Our organization is possible because of people like YOU. If you did not have a chance to make it to Play with Purpose but would still like to make a donation, please click here.