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Kailee Mills Foundation

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Causes: Automotive Safety, Disaster Aid, Public & Societal Benefit, Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness & Relief

Mission: Kailee Mills Foundation’s mission is to reduce fatality and injury resulting from non-seat belt use through awareness, education, and community involvement.

Target demographics: Everyone

Geographic areas served: The Greater Houston Area and beyond

Programs: Seat Belt Awareness for Students, Kailee Mills Foundation Scholarship Fund, Kailee in the Community (Outreach Program), Kailee Cares (family assistance and grief counseling assistance), First Responder Support

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I would like to take a moment to express my gratitude to the Kailee Mills Foundation. My daughter Ruby Chavez passed away on February 17, 2018, since this time we have become very good friends because we share the same pain. I know this is hard to understand how pain can bring someone together. I am thankful because they embraced us when we were total strangers. I never knew foundations did this, that they could care so much! During our funeral preparations they extended their hands to us financially, again something I never expected. Who does that; if they don’t care about you. During this time, they express love to myself and my family. Nevertheless, I ended up leaving my job of 27 years to help my family in this process of grief. My family needed a hug and I could not do that if I was working. Once the Kailee Mills Foundation realized I wasn’t working they send us funding $$ again. The Chavez family is forever grateful to the Kailee Mills Foundation for their love and support during the hardest times of our lives. I consider them family because only family does what they have done for us. I pray for God to continue to bless the Kailee Mills Foundation.Sincerely,Sonia and Salomon ChavezFamily

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kailee Mills foundation has opened my eyes to seatbelt awareness. I’ve always been a seatbelt wearer but I never really paid attention to other in my vehicle as well as the importance. It’s sad that a horrific accident like this is what takes to be more aware. This foundation has done such an amazing job of bringing awareness to their community as well as tons of other communities all over the nation. I buckle up for Kailee and her family. Thank you KMF for using your voice to bread awareness.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization means a lot to me. Although emotional, it has been so rewarding to be able to impact so many lives through Kailee. Helping families struggling the same way you have struggled has given us another purpose to push forward. We know we are saving lives every day, and that alone keeps us going. We feel blessed to honor Kailee in such a positive way.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kailee Mills Foundation is near and dear to my heart. I had the pleasure of knowing Kailee and she was truly a beautiful soul that was taken too young. Since her passing and the launch of the foundation I have adopted a new way of thinking when it comes to seatbelt safety. It is one of my non-negotiables anytime I am in a vehicle with someone else. Such a simple message shouldn’t have taken a tragedy to have been received, but every time I buckle up I am reminded of sweet Kailee and how the foundation is preventing future losses. The education and awareness that KMF brings to communities is so incredibly important and saves precious lives, and I am proud to know and love her family and share their mission and message of seatbelt safety.

Bob T.3

Donor

Rating: 5

It is hard to put into words what Kailee meant to me as a child growing up. As one of her grandfathers I saw her in a different way than most. She was a joy to watch growing up and seeing her become such a loving individual only to see this tragedy occur was so heartbreaking. The strength her Mom and dad had to start the Kailee Mills Foundation has been nothing short of amazing. We have seen through their efforts how Kailee still impacts others though her tragedy. The foundation’s work has already reached so many people around the world. Seat belt awareness has been on one part of the love shared with others. Helping others with grief counseling, others with scholarships and the most remarkable was helping 4 children who lost their parents in a tragic accident with a new home, allow them all to stay together. I whole heartedly support this foundation with donations, volunteer work, but most importantly sharing with others the Kailee Mills Foundation. Thank you, David and Wendy, for standing strong and giving back more than anyone can image. My wife Tina and I LOVE this Kailee Mills Foundation. Please Donate if you are reading this and have not had the opportunity.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kailee Mills Foundation has brought education and awareness to our community and surrounding areas on the importance of seat belt safety. They have helped countless people and families and have turned a terrible tragedy into a mission to save others! Truly passionate and caring people that love to give back!

Josh T.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If you are looking for a good foundation doing outstanding work and impacting many lives then you should consider joining the KMF team.
To see an organzation take their personal tragedy and turn into a life changing example for so many is nothing short of amazing!
Thank you KMF for showing the world that even hard times can be used for good when we think of others.

Nan P.

Donor

Rating: 5

It's been our pleasure to partner with the Kailee Mills Foundation to support the Ferguson family’s four siblings reunion. The Kailee Mills Foundation did an excellent job in gifting and preparing a home to reunite this special family suffering an immeasurable loss. With the Kailee Mills Foundation considerable generosity and thoughtfulness, the Ferguson family has been made whole again and we look forward to working together with them again to support future reunions.

Charlotte B.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pop and Nana
The vast emotions of grief are like a roller coaster that you never get off of, go through them all and the start over again forever. Broken and humbly in the midst of these emotions, KMF started turning tragedy of loss with hearts desire to saving others through seatbelt awareness. Quotes:
"to live in hearts we leave behind is not to die"
"Grief doesn't mean you have little or no faith, but means you love deeply."
It takes strength to make your way through grief, to grab hold of life and let it pull you forward."
The strength, the strong faith, God's great Grace the massive unconditional love for Kailee and all others are what started KMF, her parents, her family and moves it forward in a mission of vital importance of always wearing your seatbelt, to look around and make sure everyone else is buckled correctly and stays buckled and never unbuckle until you stop and have reached your destination.
When we travel, Nana would take take off her shoes and stretch her legs on the dashboard, then for bathroom stops unbuckle to put her shoes back on, not thinking those few seconds could cost her life, like Kailee did, but not ever again since Kailee's tragic avoidable death.
As Kailee's Nana and Pop, our plea and prayer is that no one else would have to bear this unbearable burden and intensity of grief that we all have. We will continue to carry on Kailee's legacy by honoring her and life. Help us be a part of this wonderful legacy of life in KMF.
Out youngest grandson at 4 complains to us if his car seatbelt is too tight. We say it is not too tight and it will keep him safe if we are in an accident. He knows now and agrees.
Buckle up for Kailee, buckle up for life, 2 seconds to click.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the honor to witness the huge impact this foundation is having on our community, our city, our state, nation and beyond! There are so many untold stories of lives saved. Not only in a vehicle but the support this foundation has given to parents who have lost a child has no doubt saved lives outside of vehicles. From paying for funerals/bills & providing a home (fully furnished & stocked), the Kailee Mills Foundation has taken a great loss and turned it into a life changing blessing for so many people. There are not enough words of praise for this foundation and those who support it.

Christine Z.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful things this foundation is doing. They decided to turn a tragedy into something that will help others so they don’t have to go through what the Mill’s have gone through.
This is my family and I couldn’t be more proud of all of them. Even the people behind the scenes, this foundation needs you so we can see all the good being done.
I’ve always been an avid seatbelt wearer, but now I make sure whoever is in the car with me has theirs on as well. At all times. So much can happen in a blink of an eye. #buckleupforkailee
#3seconds2click

Linda S.18

Donor

Rating: 5

The Kailee Mills Foundation is doing a wonderful job promoting Seatbelt Safety and providing support in many other ways to our community. Kailee is the angel leading this foundation.

1 Lisa P.12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Through their own personal tragedy this foundation is helping save lives all over the United States. They spend countless hours in the community getting the word out about seatbelt awareness, visiting local schools and showing up at events. My family has had 2 close calls, which without this foundation my girls would not be here.... wearing a seatbelt wasn’t always done but through the efforts of this foundation and the Mills family we do...we all do..every rider every driver every time we are in the car.
#buckleup4kailee

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization doing what needs to de done to educate on seatbelt awareness to save lives ❤

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I live in the same area as the Mills family. My family and I feel passionate about what the Kailee Mills foundation stands for. We had the opportunity to volunteer at an event with Diana Mills. We felt privileged to be able to share Kailee’s story and will continue to do so.

3 ChrissyM.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Kansas Advocate for the Kailee Mills Foundation and I am very Blessed & Honored to share their story all over Kansas and everywhere I go.. I go to schools in my area with the SAFE and spread Kailee’s story, I got our Kansas LEO on board with spreading Kailee’s story as well as putting her Seatbelt decal on their patrol cars. My decal is on my SUV inside & out and will forever be!!!
This Entire Family has stolen my heart and will forever be with me!! Anything I can do for Kailee Mills Foundation, I’m on it! Anything I can do for the Mills Family, I’ll do what I can, My Dear Friends!!

3 Shelley Gordon G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This young lady went to the school I worked at. They are fabulous parents. They got out right away to talk to the kiddos and share their story the same week their precious daughter passed away.
They did not want any others parents and friends going through what they went through. Sharing that seatbelts must be on at all times, in the front and back. They are the most giving people you could meet.
They share their story all over. Bless you all.

5 Writer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can’t say enough amazing things about this non profit. Very near and dear to my heart. The Mills family has taken the most tragic event that can happen to a mother, father, brother (this list goes on) and are bringing a positive message forward. Through their pain, they continue to raise awareness so that lives can be saved. They are making a difference!!

11 Andrea R.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This Foundation is a true testimony to God’s grace, the strength that can be mustered up through faith, and the determination to turn a tragedy into something triumphant, even in spite of unending tears and heartbreak. If you know their story, you know that the Mills family is living through every parent’s worst nightmare. Not only are they living through it, they have been determined from the beginning of this tragic journey, to help save other people’s lives. Each day, they are turning their grief and their faith into deeds and works. There are countless people who have come forward to say they have been impacted by Kailee’s story. There have been parents, children, news outlets and newspapers, literally all over the world, who have heard their message. “Always buckle up. Stay buckled until the car is in park. Speak up if you don’t feel safe as a passenger.” It’s a simple, yet critical message for people of all ages. The Kailee Mills Foundation is taking steps every day to educate people on the real statistics of seatbelt safety, while also humbly exhibiting tremendous grace and gratitude. I’m proud to volunteer for this organization. I’m grateful to call these people my friends. And most of all, I’m honored to take part in their journey, and excited to see this organization grow.

9 Kellie McConnell S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is absolutely heart warming, loving, and inspirational! Kailee is an amazing young woman who meant so much to so many! This nonprofit takes her story to reach out and save so many lives! I am proud to be apart of the Kailee Mills Foundation community! #beselfishaboutyoursafety

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I never met Kailee, I had only heard about her since we went to the same school. This organization’s members took me in to their Kailee Mills Foundation Family as if I were Kailee’s best friend. They have so much love and positivity to spread from a horrific incident. The way they turned their tragedy into what the Kailee Mills Foundation is today is absolutely amazing. I dont know how they do it. They are so strong and I love them with all my heart.

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Kailee Mills Foundation has touched my family's life in ways they will never know. My family was in a devastating car accident when I was 16, and if it hadn't been for our seatbelts, none of us would have made it out alive. Sometimes, it is easy to forget the part our seatbelt had that day. It is unbelievably tragic that a loss of an incredible life had to bring this about, but it is beautiful the way Kailee is living on and saving lives. Before Kailee's story, I might have unbuckled to reach around for the kids to grab a toy, or wipe their nose, or move to to the back to sit by them if they were upset, but NEVER AGAIN! I will always stay buckled and pull over if it is that urgent that I need to unbuckle. Thank you guys for all of the lives you are saving! God bless you!

10 Sarah Bonner J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I did not know the Mills family prior to Kailee’s accident but live close to them in the community. I have followed Kailee’s story and watched this foundation form from the beginning. Through grief and loss they have worked hard to promote seatbelt awareness. I can’t say enough about this incredible family and the foundation they have created.

11 Allison O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Watching Kailee's family build this foundation, spread awareness, and help other grieving families, all while still grieving their own loss, is nothing short of amazing! I am so proud of what they have accomplished in just one year! The day after Kailee passed, her dad said he was going to go big, and he certainly did! I can't wait to see what else this amazing foundation contributes to our community.

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

KMF has changed the way I view seatbelts and has educated me on the importance of seatbelt safety and has allowed me to educate others on the importance of it.

11 Briana M.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Kailee Mills Foundation since the beginning. The impact on the community, myself, and my family has been tremendous! Becoming so much more aware of seat belt and road safety, our family habits have 100% changed for the better! So many lives have been and will be saved because of this Foundation! Keep spreading the message!!

14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is amazing how great their accomplishments are in the short amount of time they have been established. Creating a legacy for their 16 year old daughter by spreading seat belt awareness and saving lives is not only astounding but heart warming. David and Wendy's strength, love, and determination is what makes it easy to devote my time volunteering. Wonderful cause and in honor of an amazing young lady.