CharityKangarooBoo donates a portion of each and every sale to a children-related non-profit organizations. The way it works is simple. With each order that is placed, KangarooBoo donates a portion of the merchandise subtotal. Our software will do the calculation and you'll see the amount at the end of the checkout process.
You as a customer can change the charity you want us to donate to for the order placed, if you desired to do so. You get to choose from a list of supported organizations. This can be done at the order confirmation page or in the My Stuff / Orders page itself. The charity selection can be changed as long as the order is not cancelled or we have not yet submitted the donation to the organization.
- Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is a national voluntary health agency dedicated to curing leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improving the quality of life of patients and their families.
Leukemia is a malignant cancer of the bone marrow and blood. Although leukemia strikes adults about 10 times as much as children, it accounts for about 33 percent of cancers in children ages 0-14 years. The leukemia death rate for children 0-14 years of age in the United States has declined 70 percent over the past three decades. Despite this decline, leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children under age 20.
In the 1955 Annual Report by the original foundation, Robert Roesler de Villiers Foundation, it wrote: “As of this date, Leukemia is 100% fatal. This is almost a unique situation among the many diseases to which man is susceptible.” We have come a long way since then, however the road to cure has only begun.
Lymphoma is a general term for Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, both originating in the lymphatic system.
In the United States, non-Hodgkin lymphoma is the fifth most common cancer among males and females. In children 0-19 years of age, five-year relative survival for non-Hodgkin lymphoma is now 83.5 percent. This represents a significant improvement in the rate of recovery; even in the mid-1970s, the majority of children with non-Hodgkin lymphoma did not live five years after diagnosis. Five-year relative survival is now 95 percent for Hodgkin lymphoma in children 0 to 14 years of age. Hodgkin lymphoma has been coined as the good cancer to have, if there is such a thing as good cancer.
I, Jennic, co-founder of KangarooBoo am a Hodgkin lymphoma cancer survivor. I was diagnosed at age 24, merely 10 weeks after our wedding. I was the first in both of our immediate and extended family to have cancer. My husband, best friend, and co-founder of KangarooBoo, Justin was a pillar of strength to me in the land of unknown and emotional roller coasters. I am forever blessed to have married the best husband any woman could marry. Moreover, I will always be grateful to the millions of research dollars donated by people just like you and me, and projects headed by talented scientists and doctors, who indirectly saved my life.
We are passionate about making a difference in this world, however small it may seem. We are most appreciative if you would join us along the way.
- Alex's Lemonade Stand
Alex's Lemonade Stand
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is a unique foundation that has evolved from a young cancer patient’s front yard lemonade stand to a nationwide fund raising movement for childhood cancer.
In 2000, 4 year old cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott announced a seemingly simple idea – she was holding a lemonade stand to raise money to help “her doctors” find a cure for kids with cancer. (Alex was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in January of 1997, just two days before her first birthday.) The idea was put into action by Alex and her older brother, Patrick, when they set up the first “Alex’s Lemonade Stand for Childhood Cancer” on their front lawn in July of 2000.
For the next four years, despite her deteriorating health, Alex held an annual lemonade stand to raise money for childhood cancer research. Following her inspirational example, thousands of lemonade stands and other fundraising events have been held across the country by children, schools, businesses, and organizations, all to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for childhood cancer. On August 1st, 2004, Alex died peacefully at the age of 8 — she had raised over $1 million for childhood cancer research in her short lifetime.
Alex’s spirited determination to raise awareness and money for all childhood cancer while she bravely fought her own deadly battle with cancer has inspired thousands of people, from all walks of life to raise money and give to her cause. Alex’s family and supporters are committed to continuing her inspiring legacy through Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501c3 charity. As of June 2007, ALSF has raised over $17 million for childhood cancer research.
ALSF work directly with doctors, researchers, and nurses to identify the specific challenges they face in bringing new treatments to children with cancer. Grants distributed from ALSF are designed to fill the critical gaps in funding as identified by doctors and researchers across the country. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand has funded over 42 research projects at 30 institutions across the country!
- City at Peace - New York
City at Peace - New York
City at Peace-New York (CP-NY) is a local site of a nationally recognized non-profit that empowers teenagers to create safe, healthy, peaceful lives and communities. Using the performing arts as a vehicle, CP-NY is developing the next generation of engaged community leaders.
The CP-NY program is a combination of activities that examine the interrelationship of the problems and conflicts that youth care about, and often suffer from. It also develops their capacity for addressing these issues. Highly interactive and intensely creative, City at Peace rehearsals utilize the performing arts to unlock participants’ creativity around important personal and social issues and learn the skills necessary for performance, both on stage and off. It utilizes this creativity to then produce original works of theater for the community as well as projects designed by youth to effect positive change in their communities.
City at Peace-New York was launched in New York City in April 2001 through the initiative of a local network of more than 40 concerned parents, educators, artists, celebrities, business professionals, and community organizers. Since its inception, CP-NY has served more than 500 teenagers from over 100 schools in all five boroughs of the city. The National organization is the only national performing arts program for teenagers in the US and the only program for youth combining diversity, conflict resolution, leadership, social change and the arts in a replicable youth-led program. There are currently 6 established programs across the USA, 10 in Israel and 1 in South Africa.
CP-NY and CP-National’s vision is to create a society where teenagers are valued and respected and play a leading role in creating vibrant communities.
- Bosom Buddies - Cape Town
Bosom Buddies - Cape Town
Bosom Buddies is a non-profit Christian organization based in Cape Town, South Africa. It services local state hospitals providing diaper bags with clothing, blankets and products for the newborn as well as hygiene products for the mother. Their goal is provide a bag to every mother to celebrate the new life, and to eventually provide basic postnatal care at a dedicated Bosom Buddies facility.
A mother to 3 kids, Melanie Novitzkas discovered her true calling while she was training to become a doula. During her practical trainings in various hospitals, she was horrified to find the ridiculous differences between private and state hospitals. In the state hospitals, newborns and new moms receives next to nothing, not even hygiene products for the new moms or any essentials for the baby.
This was unacceptable. Melanie set out to make changes.
She started Bosom Buddies in January 2006 and gave out the first goody bag the following month. Since then, many diaper bags has been delivered – over 200 bags each month! Bosom Buddies is made up of mostly volunteers and they visit the hospitals 4 times a week to personally deliver the bags to each mom, spend one-on-one time with each baby and mother. By doing this Bosom Buddies ensure that no baby goes home without being adequately clothed and each mom feels that their community do care and the birth is recognized and celebrated.
As these hospitals are high risk, sadly there are often stillbirths. In these cases, Bosom Buddies provide a goody bag just for the moms, and give emotional/spiritual support to the grieving women.
Each newborn is special and needs to feel cared for and loved. Each woman is courages. Bosom Buddies is there to help them feel loved and cherished during one of the most special times in life, no matter their economic status or color of skin.
- Cheerful Givers
Cheerful Givers is a 501c3 nonprofit organization committed to helping children in need. They provide toy-filled birthday gift bags to food shelves and shelters so that parents living in poverty can give their child a birthday gift.
Since Cheerful Givers began in 1994, they have provided over 300,000 children with birthday gift bags.
Robin Maynard Steele and her husband Kevin had lived their lives like most of us, not realizing the impact they could have in their community. The world’s problems seemed too big for the hands of too few. But they had started to believe that if they had the desire to meet the needs of the world, the way to meet those needs would present itself. Robin was touring a food shelf when the barren birthday shelf met her. The thought of a child’s birthday passing without recognition lit a fire in her heart and stirred her to action.
12 birthday bags filled with toys. Nothing earth shaking. 12 birthday bags created with love in the basement of a house by a couple who wanted to make a difference. 12 birthday bags dropped off at Trinity Mission on a Sunday night. 12 birthday bags igniting a spark that would provide warmth for thousands.
Early Monday morning the call came. It was from the Trinity Mission calling to share the heart-warming story of the 12 birthday bags. A woman had come to the food shelf looking for a boxed item to celebrate the birthday of one of her children. Her anticipation turned to anguish when she was told that there were no birthday cakes available. But her despair turned to joy when she was presented with a birthday bag that she could now give to her child. Overwhelmed with joy the woman exclaimed, “The whole way over on the bus I prayed and prayed that there would be something here for me to give my child, but I never dreamed that there would be something so beautiful!” Within hours, all the bags were gone. Prayers had been answered and Robin and Kevin had found a place to meet the needs of the world. So it began and continues to grow.