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September 26, 2012

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September 26, 2012

Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1998. It is dedicated to traffic safety education directed towards drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, and parents with a primary focus on residential neighborhood traffic safety. Its only source of income is from donors, sale of KKAD25 merchandise, and fund raising activities.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 19, 2012

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February 4, 2011

i became aware of this organization via an interview with the founder, Tom Everson, on TV. Subsequently, I became more aware of the organization's key objectives and programs which directly help impr... more

September 19, 2012

I have been involved with this fine organization, KKAD25, for approx. 3 years and have been impressed with the leadership and focus provided by Tom Everson. He has developed pertinent programs to help increase the awareness of the public to the importance of what we all can do to help minimize the risks associated with driving. In addition, this organization reaches out to victims of driving related accidents and provides the families with support during their difficult times.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 4, 2011

i became aware of this organization via an interview with the founder, Tom Everson, on TV. Subsequently, I became more aware of the organization's key objectives and programs which directly help improve the awareness of all of us to the dangers resulting from excessive speed and inappropriate driver behavior. I have been impressed with the specific programs set up by this fine organization to address this real world problem. The various promotional and educational programs do make a difference !

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The increased awareness of my family and friends is a result of this organization's programs.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Seek to increase involvement with young drivers.

August 5, 2011

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August 5, 2011

We learned about this site when we lost our 5 year old beautiful daughter in a accident. She was playing at my sisters house, and ran across the road to throw a rock in a ditch. She lives in the country. a speeding truck came down the gravel road and never saw her, and never even realized what he had hit untill he got out of his truck and seen her. Tom Everson is been a wonderful, compasinate man to me and our family. I'm so glad there are people out there that still care about other people, and not just thereselfs. Thank you again. God Bless you and your runners on your run on August 20 2011. Thank you for making Maddison a part of it.

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For my daughter Maddison Hart

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more donations coming in.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

We learned about KKAD 25 the hard way - the way that no parent wants to find out about an organization. On November 23rd, 2004 our 9 year old son Justin was hit and killed on a road by our house. The speed limit was set at 40 mph through our subdivision. After Justin was killed we read an article in the USA Today about a similar incident in Texas and how an organization called KKAD 25 had helped get the speed limit reduced on that street. We emailed Tom Everson and he called us back the same day. Tom helped us as we took on our city to lower the speed limit in our subdivision. He provided his expertise and his compassion with our situation. With his help we were able to have the street that runs through our subdivision restriped to a 2 lane road with a center turning lane instead of the 4 lane road. He also helped us to get the speed limit reduced to 35mph. We wanted the speed limit reduced to 30mph but this is all that our city was willing to do.

Tom Emerson is an awesome man. He had the insight of such a simple concept-lower the speed limit to 25mph through neighborhoods- and the fortitude to promote this concept and organization with his strong convictions. Tom started this organization after realizing how fast people where driving through subdivisions. He wanted to be proactive about getting his message out to the public. Tom did not start this organization because he lost a child. Tom Everson started this organization to help get this message out- Keep Kids Alive Drive 25- something every driver should remember.

KKAD 25 is a great organization with lots of information and statistics every driver should be aware of. In today's society everyone is always in such a hurry. If only the driver of the car that killed Justin would have been driving 5 mph slower the chances of Justin's survival would have been greatly increased. Please don't let the few seconds you save by speeding be the last 2 seconds of someone's life.

Sincerely,

Gordie, Vicki, Jordan, Justin and Jesse Faust
Lee's Summit, MO

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by petitioning our city council to reduce the speed limit on the street running through our subdivision. With Tom Everson's help, we were able to reduce the speed limit.

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We believe the material and information presented in KKAD 25 should be provided and taught in all Driver's Ed classes.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

As the parents of two small children, my husband and I have made it a priority to support Keep Kids Alive - Drive 25 in their mission. We make it a point to place our signs on our street and alley in hopes that drivers will be more aware of the children playing throughout our neighborhood and their own driving habits. We hope that Keep Kids Alive will be able to continue to provide the tools necessary to prevent traffic deaths and the support needed for those who have lost loved ones so senselessly.

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February 28, 2011

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February 28, 2011

I am the secretary of our school PTA, a retired teacher of 30 years, and mother of 2. I have seen the way traffic flies down the hill at our school (yet the city does nearly nothing to slow them down); my own daughter watched her junior high friend get hit by a car not 2 feet from her on the way home from school one day (did a back flip, lost her shoe, and miraculously received no fatal injury); and I even received a warning ticket years ago for driving too fast near a school (in summer, so I didn't realize the speed limits were "on"). Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 is SO IMPORTANT in getting the word out. The phrase, "Don't let the two minutes you save be the last two minutes of someone else's life." sticks with me... almost hauntingly. I hope it sticks with EVERYONE who hears it. and if they all take it to heart, the lives that are saved may one day be my grandchildren, the kids at my school, YOUR children, YOUR neighbors, and YOUR friends. This is the single most important organization I have come across during my first year as a PTA officer. EVERYONE needs to know about this group, their message, and the means to save lives! Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 deserves respect, donations, and recognition for the wonderful job they are doing to educate and reform drivers while saving lives.

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I;ve personally experienced the results of this organization in my own driving. I can't even think about letting my lead foot stop someone from living, so I now plan ahead and leave 2 minutes earlier, so I am NEVER going to take the last two minutes of someone's life.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more corporate sponsorship so the costs of the signs could be reduced for lower income areas through some sort of a scholarship program. I want to see the signs where they REALLY need to be, not just where people can afford them.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

On the Internet, while looking for a source for stickers to remind families to BUCKLE UP FOR SAFETY!

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

(See above... I now drive slower, plan ahead, leave earlier, etc.) I was allowed to pick up stickers to remind our families to buckle up, information about the program, and a yard sign to post at our event (and give away in our free raffle) all at no cost. This was fantastic, as our school is a low income school and I was running our Health and Wellness event on a very minimal budget with everything free to all participants. About 250 people attended our event, the stickers were all distributed, the families were informed, and a sixth grade boy won the yard sign. He proudly stood on the corner waving his sign at passing traffic while he waited for his grandmother to pick him up and observe his bounty.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

Teachers' Insurance Plan of NJ is proud to sponsor and partner with Keep Kids Alive Drive 25. The organization's dedication to reducing speeding and making communities safer is amazing. Whether it's through local event sponsorships, printed materials or financial support, Teachers' Insurance is thrilled to support Keep Kids Alive Drive 25. We share their belief in the importance of helping communities become safer by reducing driving speeds and greatly appreciate the work and effort Tom dedicates to this cause.

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February 25, 2011

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February 25, 2011

Keep Kids alive is one of our favorite nonprofits to support. Under the great leadership of Tom Everson they are making a difference at the grassroots level. It just goes to show that hard work can offset small budgets. I highly recommend this group to anyone interesting in supporting.

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The awareness they have made on this crucial issue.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more funding.

February 25, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011

Traffic safety seems to be a thing of the past. Texting, talking, reading, writing and not paying attention to driving are now the standard. Speed limits are routinely ignored, tailgating is the new norm, as is passing in no-passing zones, not dimming your brights, and acting as if nothing bad will ever happen.

Those of us who believe in traffic law, and have advocated in our communities for safer driving, have been disappointed when local law enforcement and governing bodies shrug it all off . Tickets are only written for 10 MPH or ABOVE the speed limit. Traffic calming is poo-pooed. our communities suffer, with no recourse.

Some people never learn, until there is a dire consequence.

KKAD 25 has stepped in to fill the void. Helping to advocate for victims and their families, to support local grass-roots traffic safety actions, and to provide the tools for the average citizen to fight back against those who really can't see beyond their own narrow, irreponsible actions.

This is what a non-profit is supposed to do. It is about being accessible, providing important information and making itself available to provide seminars, training and more for those who advocate for safe roadways, and also for vicitms and their families.

For all they do, KKAD 25 should be given accolades. They are impacting the lives of EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US in a positive manner, whether we know it or not. It might be that that driver who would have hit you yesterday, slowed down because they learned a lesson from a KKAD 25 roadside, or heard a community presentation on safe driving, or learned of a fundraiser in the memory of a deceased pedestrian. It really does matter. It really is effective. Even making one person stop and think before driving is a life or two potentially saved.

I attended a seminar in NJ about 10 years ago, where KKAD 25 was instrumental in encouraging law enforcement in our communities to take these issues seriously, set up neighborhood traffic monitoring, and provide the community with resources to stop dangerous drivers.

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participation in a township wide traffic study indentfying the most dangerous residential streets and allocating resources for safety improvements.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

NONE. they are doing a very good job. Stay grassroots, keep it real.

February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

KKAD25 is doing tremendous work helping parents, children, and communities. As a traffic safety professional with national and international experience, I am impressed with how much this non-profit organization is able to do with limited resources and a lot of heart.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've know of hundreds - even thousands - of organizations in the field of traffic safety, and KKAD25's attention to detail and reach in educating individuals and communities about traffic safety is impressive. I have encountered KKAD25 information unexpectedly in yards, grocery stores, and other places around the country! This organization is doing some of the most important work possible - helping to save lives and prevent injuries on the roads.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would suggest that KKAD25 consider ways to expand its message to reach international audiences. Clearly, 25 mph is a US oriented but the overall message of slowing down to save a life is becoming more and more important as other countries have more and more cars. The graphics of KKAD25 are great and would likely translate to many other countries.

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