But we thought there were winners in all the lesser-known organizations who got a little recognition on our Facebook Fan Page. So we wanted to give a few of them a shout-out here, to shine a light on some needy charities that don’t necessarily get the funding and attention of all the the big dot-orgs out there – and some of our awesome readers whose hearts are so big, we only wish we had an XBox to give to each of you.
From Cynthia G: The Roots of Music which offers free music education and academic mentoring to kids in New Orleans, but is desperately struggling for funding.
From Ashley S: The Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter, which provides emergency residential care to kids around the clock.
From Delaine H and Karen H: The Cancer Center at Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta which treats more than 350 new patients a year.
From Jamie Y: Opportunity Village in Las Vegas, a community rehabilitation program for children with intellectual disabilities.
Jonathan H: Kulture Klub Collaborative, an arts program in downtown Minneapolis that helps homeless teens develop and express their creativity.
From Charlene C: Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids in New England (cool even if you’re not a Red Sox fan)
From Angela S: Homes for Kids, a 20 year-old charity that helps homeless kids in the Norfolk VA areaFrom Jennie K: The Riley Children’s Foundation in Indiana which kids coping with illness and severe disabilities.
From Jacy C: The Primary Children’s Medical Center treating seriously ill children in Salt Lake City
From Michele L: Asian-Americans for Community Involvement in San Jose, CA which advocates for civil rights and provides services for those in need.
From Sara V: Florida’s Hibiscus Children’s Center which for more than 24 years supports children in extreme crisis and offers foster care services
From Coya W: The Rapid City Club for Boys. More than 50 years old, wow.
From Jenny B: The Jeremy Fund helping kids with cancer in the New York – New Jersey – Philadelphia area.
[photos: AACI, Roots of Music, Riley Kids]