Not all American children grow up with the same opportunities. Some face physical disabilities, parenting problems, and even homelessness. For thousands, each day is a challenge marked by pain, prayer, and perseverance. Many require specialized care. That is why The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation exists. Established in 1954, the
foundation was developed to collect donations from individuals who wished to contribute to the betterment of children in this country. To date, nearly $10 million has been awarded to organizations to support worthwhile projects through the dissemination of information to both the general public and specific target groups.
In 2009, the foundation awarded grants totaling $636,869 to 19 non-profit organizations. Among those grants was $41,000 for The American Legion Children’s Home of Ponca City, Okla., one of few children’s homes of its kind in the country, established to support the children of U.S. military veterans. Other 2009 grants went to such groups as the Childhood Leukemia Foundation of Brick, N.J., the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation,
Students Against Destructive Decisions, and the National Center for Learning Disabilities
in New York.
The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation
awarded $636,869 to 19 nonprofit organizations for 2010.
The American Legion Children’s Home of Ponca City, Okla., received $41,000 to increase awareness of the home, established to support the children of veterans’ families in need.
The American Legion of Nevada received $3,037 for a project titled“Hear Today – Learn Tomorrow,” to develop and distribute letters requesting discount services from medical providers and hearing-aid manufacturers for HT-LT participants; produce information sheets about the availability of support to families of hearing-impaired children; and produce public-service announcements related to HT-LT.
Boy Scouts of America Exploring Program of Denver received $35,717 for a project titled “Experience 9 to 5,” to produce 12,000 course catalogs, 31,200 flyers, and 90 posters associated with the program.
Childhood Leukemia Foundation of Brick, N.J., received $48,000 to print and ship 1,600 Hope Bindersto 160 hospitals nationwide for families facing the diagnosis of childhood cancer.
Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters of Norfolk, Va., received $30,050 to develop and distribute “A Guide to Chest Wall Deformities in Children: Information For Parents, Patients and Primary-Care Physicians,” a CD-ROM intended to better educate families and physicians.
Children’s Institute, Inc., of Rochester, N.Y., received $30,500 to develop and provide the DVD “Possibilities of Play: Building Connections through Play” to schools and community agencies that work with military families and their children.
Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation of Avon, Conn., received $16,744 to develop a syndrome-screening checklist for medical professionals, and distribute it nationally to 16,000 pediatric offices.
Diabetes Education and Camping Association of Huntsville, Ala., received $25,000 for a project titled “‘Ready, View, Go’ – Diabetes Camp Web Training Project,” which will produce training videos instructing camp directors and staff on how to handle diabetes issues in a camp setting.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of New York received $39,500 for a project titled “I’m Aaron and I’m Bionic,” which will produce 4,000 DVDs about the history of treatment for Type 1 diabetes and the newest innovation, the artificial pancreas.
Mercy Medical Airlift of Virginia Beach, Va., received $45,700 to develop five updated Web sites and a full social-media presence to provide information to the public and pediatric medical world regarding available charitable child-patient long-distance medical air transportation.
The MY HERO Project of Laguna Beach, Calif., received $28,872 to research, produce and distribute training videos for students to tell their own hero stories through video and filmmaking.
National Center for Learning Disabilities of New York received $45,500 to revise and enhance NCLD’s Web site to make parents of children with learning disabilities aware of their children’s rights, and inform parents that they can advocate for them.
National Exchange Club Foundation of Toledo, Ohio, received $25,000 to produce, print and distribute 1,000 child-abuse prevention kits, expand and enhance its Web site, and purchase promotional items.
National Reye’s Syndrome Foundation of Bryan, Ohio, received $38,200 to mail postcards to 131,377 U.S. schools, directing school nurses and health-care givers to its Web site to download handouts, brochures, bookmarks, literature, a list of products containing aspirin and wellness information; and to distribute information for students to take home to parents and caregivers.
PKS Kids of Florissant, Mo., received $29,500 for a direct-mail campaign to raise awareness of Pallister-Killian syndrome among 50,000 pediatric doctors.
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Inc., of Marlborough, Mass., received $54,549 to redesign its Web site and integrate a new feature called the Parents’ Corner, which will offer practical advice, tips and information to parents, teachers, school staff, coaches, summer-camp professionals
and other caring adults to enhance adult/teen communication.
Spina Bifida Association of Washington received $40,000 to produce “Faces of Spina Bifida,” a social network for children with spina bifida designed to facilitate peer-to-peer support.
Tourette Syndrome Association, Inc., of Bayside, N.Y., received $25,000 to create and produce presentation kits to help Tourette syndrome sufferers educate children about what Tourette syndrome is and is not.
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), Inc., of Washington received $35,000 to produce 5,000 Caisson Horse/Comfort Book packages and a Web site to help children who have lost a parent serving in the U.S. military to understand and deal
with their grief.