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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services

Mission: Variety Children's Charity of Greater Kansas City provides children with developmental disabilities adaptive equipment and opportunities for activity and inclusion.

Target demographics: disabilities- kids

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100,000 kids

Geographic areas served: Greater Kansas City Area

Programs: Kids on the GO! Variety Future Kids Variety Freedom Variety Children's Theatre Catie Cares

Community Stories

54 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Variety very graciously replaced the iPad and communicative application that was stolen from my nonverbal autistic daughter. I am so grateful. Now my daughter has an outlet to communicate with us again.

Laurie38

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so honored to be on the board for Variety. The people that I have met through this board are all so kind, generous and love helping kids. Our Variety families are beyond amazing, and the most important superstars of all are our Variety kids. There is nothing better than watching "kids just be kids" through the kindness of all that Variety is about!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Watching my 5 year old learn to ride a bike has been such a joy this summer... I think it has to feel like what I feel like times thousands for the loved ones that watch our Variety kids get on an adaptive bike for the first time!!!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am blessed to have gotten to participate in some of Variety's many charitable activities through serving on its Board. Deb and everyone else involved in the organization are some of the most true and kindhearted people in Kansas City. Variety's work has allowed hundreds of children to have opportunities that they otherwise may not have had. I have seen, first-hand, the way that Deb and the rest of the Variety team has transformed and improved the families of these lovable children. Thanks to Variety for making KC an even better place to live.

Sheila63

Donor

Rating: 5

I have attended, as well as volunteered at Variety KC Events. The money raised goes for children with mobility needs in the Kansas City area. When you see the smile on the face of a child who is provided with a wheelchair, walker or trike, and is able to move and participate with others...your heart melts.

Bob_97

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have attended several of their events. I have seen first hand the excellent job they do.

Donor

Rating: 5

I attended the City Slickers Ho-Down event at Drumm Farm last fall and it was such a well-organized and fun event for my kiddos, and all kiddos alike. I plan to attend this every year for my family. They support several charities and positive organizations that make life better for a lot of families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a fantastic charity! I'm so happy I've had the opportunity to serve on the Annual Hoedown Committee with Deb. She puts her heart and soul into serving the families in KC! Make sure to follow them on Facebook--I love seeing their updates on my newsfeed!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The world needs more people like Deb and organizations like Variety. We've been both supporters of Variety as well as recipients of Variety's generosity through a program that benefited our son who has Down syndrome. I don't know how Deb does it all, but she is an joy to be around and an inspiration. Variety is hands down one of the best organizations we've ever had the pleasure to be a part of.

Kim_208

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has special needs and most of the time isn't able to participate in events that other children can. Variety has organized so many great events that are inclusive and allow my son to do amazing things we wouldn't have otherwise had the chance to do. One highlight was running bases with Lorenzo Cain. A day Charlie won't forget anytime soon.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I just love all the work Variety does and especially their Director, Deb! She makes sure there is continuous attention drawn to raising funds, bringing awareness to the public and helping these amazing kids with special needs. Where someone might see a disability Deb see's a miracle and fighting spirit. Deb works around the clock visiting businesses, educating the world and spreading the Variety message on social media. This wonderful woman continuously works till she has accomplished her goal for each of her kids. Each and every child she helps she truly loves and if you have every seen any pictures from Variety you can see the love each child has for Deb. I've stood by her side as a child's face lit up with so much love and excitement the moment they say Deb. In one of our planning sessions for a fundraiser, I've watched Deb tell a wonderful happy ending story about one of her kid-o's and every time she tells us one of these great story's she is brought to tears of joy. I imagine during her story she is also reflecting on the hurdles and effort it probably took to make that story a happy one but she never gives up. The love and compassion in her heart is constant. She inspires every volunteer she works with. She never gives up and she makes sure that each file that comes across her desk has their need met. These are not just files. These are beautiful soles that need a little help getting around &/or communicating with the world. Deb & every person at Variety makes dreams for these beautiful kids come true.