Who is Coins for Kids?
Coins for Kids is a 501(c)3 non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to the goal of providing Christmas for disadvantaged children in the Washington County area of Southern Utah.
100% of all funds raised are used for this purpose. There are no administrative costs or paid staff, everyone working with Coins for Kids is a volunteer.
In 2020 we registered 1632 children in 544 families. 191 of these families were then adopted by other organizations and families (our largest adoption number ever!!)
Even though 2020 proved to be one of the most challenging years due to the pandemic, Coins for Kids organization actually provided Christmas to 975 children in 353 families!
Coins for Kids also encourages individuals and businesses to “adopt” one of our families and shop, wrap and deliver the gifts themselves. This is one of the greatest ways to experience the true meaning of Christmas; that of “giving”. Every year we have numerous “elves” call us back to thank us for giving them the opportunity to experience the true meaning of Christmas for the first time in their lives.
There are lots of ways that you can help us make Christmas special for our area’s “at risk” children: Make a donation of cash or new, unwrapped toys; drop your change in one of the many “Coins for Kids” boxes located throughout the County beginning November 1st; adopt a family, volunteer to shop and wrap the presents to the children; sponsor an Angel tree in your place of work; have a toy drive; instead of exchanging gifts at your upcoming Christmas party, donate that amount of money to Coins for Kids.
All donations are completely tax deductible. The money that is raised for this effort comes directly from the community in the form of individual donations as well as corporate donations.
Please join with us this year in experiencing the true Joy of the Christmas Spirit.
How to qualify?
Coins For Kids has partnered with civic organizations throughout Washington County to identify families in need. In order to ensure that the maximum number of children possible receive assistance the following qualification/application process is necessary.
Applicants must have the following to qualify for assistance:
- A written and signed referral letter from the school counselors where the children attend, your clergy leader, or from any of the participating social service agencies list of Qualifying Organizations.
- All of the required documentation listed below
- If you have received gifts for 3 years or more out of the last ten years, you will not be qualified to receive help from KONY Coins for Kids this year. If you need assistance, we recommend you register on line with Toys for Tots. https://www.toysfortots.org/
Applicants must have the following to apply for assistance:
1. Photo ID and proof of residency in Washington County. If the ID does not show your current address, you will need to show proof of residency such as a Utility Bill, Insurance Bill, or Bank Statement.
2. Children’s Birth Certificates of each child showing linkage to parents.
3. Court Documents if child is in the custody of someone other than a parent.
4. Letter from referring organization.
No Applications will be taken after November 10, 2021.
This year (2021) parents will apply for assistance online on this website between October 25th and November 10th , 2021.
Applications will then be reviewed and are subject to denial depending on the standard requirements (such as the limit on the number of times assistance can be granted).
Once your application has been approved for processing, we will contact the families to review the required documents:
Birth Certificates of the children
Proof of residence in the county will be required as well
These interviews will be held between November 15-17, 2021. Once a family has been approved, then they will be assigned a time to shop for their own children.
Shopping will take place (overseen by the CFK board) at the Washington Wal-Mart on Dec. 14th and 15th .
Thank You Volunteers!
Coins For Kids would not be the successful organization it is without all of the wonderful volunteers! Your selflessness and tireless hours of service you render embody the true spirit of the season.
Due to the continuation of the COVID 19 pandemic the 2021 KONY Coins For Kids (CFK) program will look and run a little bit different.
This year there will be NO public shopping by volunteers. We know this has been and will continue to be a highlight of the Christmas season for hundreds of families, churches and community organizations. We can not thank you enough for your help. We must follow health and safety guidelines to ensure the well being of all involved in the Coins For Kids process. We thank you for your patience and understanding and are looking forward to resuming normal volunteer procedures next year.
In addition this year there will be NO public wrapping or Santa deliveries.
Once a family has been approved for CFK 2021, they will be assigned a time to shop for their own children. Shopping by the families will be overseen by the CFK board and take place at the Washington Wal-Mart on Dec. 14th and 15th .
Kony Coins For Kids would like to take this time to publicly thank all of the amazing sponsors, whose generous donations make this program possible.
From the shoppers dropping change from your purchases into the iconic red KCFK boxes in the stores, to the corporations matching donations, THANK YOU!
We would like you to express your thanks to our public partners below. Without them we could not bring a little joy to the lives of so many children in our community.