A child who is raised in poverty suffers both privately and publicly.
When there is no food in the refrigerator, no electricity or heat, these are hardships that generally can be kept private. But when that same child can't afford to pay for the band filed trip, a prom ticket, a pair of glasses, their senior dues or a new pair of shoes, these are indignities that are evident to their classmates. They want to hide and the public embarassment can potentially affect school attendance, class performance, and the child's self-esteem.
Working with a network of almost 500 teachers, counselors and social workers, Alice's Kids identifies children with specific needs and anonymously pays for these relatively inexpensive items in hopes of making the child feel just a little bit more "normal" amongst their peers.
We believe that a little help can go a long way.