Read stories about the KidsFirst Foundation's outreach.

11.2011
Helping Orphans in Peru
Last month, KidsFirst Foundation board member Deb Rigney and her husband and former board member, Scott, traveled to visit the Hogar Orphanage outside of Cusco, Peru. In partnership with Peruvian Hearts, the Foundation donated $2,500 to buy 30 new mattresses, pillows, sheets and blankets for the girls living in the orphanage. Please click here to read the full story

11.2011
KFF Funds Haitian Scholars
In recent newsletters, we've told you about the mission trip that several KidsFirst parents took to Fondwa, Haiti, in the aftermath of the tragic earthquake of 2010. On that trip, we built a temporary school, painted shelters and provided clothes, food and toiletries to help the orphaned children living in that community. Please click here to read the full story

12.2010
Haiti Mission trip
After the earthquake hit Haiti last January, we heard about a group of orphaned children living in Fondwa that needed our help. Through your generous gifts, and our partnership with the local apparel company Bring The Hope, we raised $8,000 to bring aid to the people of this mountain village that is located roughly one hour south and west of Port-au-Prince.Please click here to read the full story

05.2010
THE COATES FAMILY: A Very Happy Ending
Next month, Cathy and Aaron Coates will celebrate their one-year anniversary of being Sergei's parents. They all have a lot to be thankful for and one of those things is the KidsFirst Foundation grant that your donations made possible.Please click here to read the full story

02.2010
The KidsFirst Foundation 2009 Mission Trip
In September, several board members and friends of the KidsFirst Foundation took a mission trip to Russia. The experience was inspiring and rewarding. Here is a brief account of the trip, and what was accomplished. Please click here to read the full story

11.2008
KIDSFIRST GARAGE SALE STORY
The Foundation received a generous donation from some very caring kids over the summer. This is a heartwarming story that's best told by simply printing the letter Leah Foutty sent us. The Foundation sends a big thank you out to this caring bunch. Enjoy. Please click here to read the full story

02.2008
FOUNDATION PARTNERSHIP HELPS BRING HOPE TO SOVIETSK
Welcome to the KidsFirst Foundation (KFF) newsletter and thank you for joining us to help kids in need around the world. Through your generous donations, we raised nearly $120,000 last year. And this newsletter is designed to highlight the various ways we are putting your gifts to work... please click here to read the full story

02.2008
President's Perspective
Welcome to the KidsFirst Foundation (KFF) newsletter and thank you for joining us to help kids in need around the world. Through your generous donations, we raised nearly $120,000 last year. And this newsletter is designed to highlight the various ways we are putting your gifts to work... please click here to read the full story

02.2008
KAZAK YOUTH BENEFIT FROM IMPACT PROGRAM
KFF Partnership Makes a Difference

Recent statistics place the number of orphaned children in the world at more than 140 million. That figure is staggering, and the painful reality is that most of these kids will never be adopted. For them, tutoring and training are the lifelines they need to make a successful transition from institutional care to independent living.... please click here to read the full story

08.2007
NICHOLAS BENEFITS FROM EXPANDED GRANT PROGRAM
Central Indiana Family Receives $5,000 From KFF

When Nicholas met Linda and Ed Wallner at his orphanage in Borovichi earlier this year, life started getting better. He had found a family and would soon get treatments for his badly injured left leg. The Wallners gave Nicholas a new life and the KidsFirst Foundation has responded through a $5,000 grant to help cover a portion of the costs associated with their adoption.....please click here to read the full story

04.2006
KidsFirst Foundation Helps Family
Earlier this year, the KidsFirst Foundation presented Richard and Bobbie LeMere with a check for $5,000 to help cover some of their adoption costs. Last November, the LeMere's adopted Irina from Rudny, Kazakhstan. Irina was born on November 14, 2001 and is hearing impaired.

Part of KidsFirst Foundation's mission is to provide funds to families adopting special needs children. To learn more about how you can support the Foundation with your time, talents or treasure, please contact Mike Pitts, president at 317-769-2207 or Scott Rigney, vice president at 317-844-9377.

11.2006
Carol Johnson reflects on the KidsFirst Foundation’s 2006 Humanitarian Trip to Russia
Cheryl Cleveland and I traveled to Russia the week of September 2-8, 2006. We had a great trip. We traveled with Frank Foundation representatives to three different orphanages outside of Ekaterinburg, Russia.

We purchased school supplies from a supply store in Ekaterinburg and hired a truck driver to follow us three hours north of Ekaterinburg to Krasnouralsk. This was an orphanage of kids.....please click here to read the full story

 

Currently, more than one million children live in orphanages in the former Soviet Union. Only about 15,000 are adopted each year.
The KidsFirst Foundation has already made a difference in the lives of many children and families.