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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Automotive Safety, Crime & Law, Crime Prevention, Disaster Aid, Health, Public Health

Mission: The mission of KEEP KIDS ALIVE DRIVE 25® is to make streets safer for all who walk, ride, play, and drive. Doing so preserves lives and relationships.

Results: Over 1700 communities have initiated a Keep Kids Alive campaign. These represent 49 U.S. States, 3 Canadian Provinces, the Bahamas, and Queensland State, Australia. Oceanside, CA saw a 16% decrease (6 mph) in average speeds when implementing a Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 yard sign campaign. As the first community to initiate "America's Trash Talks to Keep Kids Alive," Oro Valley, AZ realized a 13.5% decrease in average speeds on neighborhood streets - 24.5 mph on average.

Target demographics: Residents of every neighborhood in the U.S., and when possible, beyond.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Millions in communities throughout the U.S.

Geographic areas served: United States, as well as communities across the globe.

Programs: Consultation and Presentations to Community/Neighborhood Groups, Schools, Businesses, and Municipal Leaders on developing comprehensive neighborhood traffic safety education campaigns that include: America's Trash Talks to Keep Kids Alive Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 Stop! Take 3 To See Seat Belts-FASTENATING! It's Not A Race! Create Space Be Aware! Drive With Care No Need To Speed Check Your Speed A License to Live - An in-school safe-driving education and marketing campaign that is student driven. Parenting at the Speed of Life Annual "Run to Remember" as part of the Pikes Peak Ascent Trail Race in honor of loved ones who have died in traffic incidents.

Community Stories

111 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

The mission of KEEP KIDS ALIVE DRIVE 25 is to make streets safer for all who walk, cycle, play, drive, and ride. Doing so preserves lives and relationships.We live our mission by:1) Creating campaigns to educate motorists, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists to practice behaviors that keep everyone safe on & along roadways.2) Supporting families who experience the death of a loved one due to a traffic incident through Live Forward! - bringing good into the world in their honor and memory.Preventing one more fatality is crucial; this non-profit aims to do just that!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I personally give to this organization because I believe in its mission of helping parents who have lost children in traffic accidents by giving them a chance to tell their story. Traffic deaths are at record levels in Colorado Springs, so it is important that we take action to improve traffic safety.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have run the Pikes Peak Ascent the past two years with KKAD 25 and found it gave extra meaning to my run. I have enjoyed being part of this group as a donor and helping Tom raise money. The friendships I have made with this group will be lasting and strong.

1 Fighting Hit And Run Driving

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you KKAD25.
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Taking this time this weekend to reflect on one of the highest mountains in Colorado Springs was life changing. To share this moment with my brother as we celebrated the life of our sister Jameca Stanfield.
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So much support shared as we listened to many tragic stories like ours was therapeutic and supportive.
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Not one single person knew Jameca Stanfield, Anthonie Porchia or Tiffanie Stanfield. (Our small but mighty family); But they paid tribute to Jameca as if they have known her for a lifetime.
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Erin Everson, who ran to the top of Pikes Peak is quoted saying: “when I was ready to stop my motivation was Jameca’s name on my back pushing me to keep going”.
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My brother Dj Stanfield purchased flowers and gifted them to Erin for her support of Our family.

What a life changing experience. Thank you KKAD25.. for the gift of healing, blessings, and bonding.
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#humbled
#prayers
#faith
#family
#love
#justice for Jameca

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Client Served

Rating: 5

KKAD25 is more than an organization, it’s family. The support and love from every person I’ve met has truly been a blessing to my family and I. I stand by their mission of keeping our streets safe.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I went to the pikes peak ascent. Many of the runners in this organization ran in memory of a loved one lost. It was an amazing experience. This organization help the families gather closure and created a new Family within the organization.

1 Eileen F.3

Donor

Rating: 5

kkad25 provides vital education to individuals & communities on risks of speeding, texting while driving, talking on phone while driving & other distracted driving issues. In addition they provide invaluable support for families who’ve lost loved ones to traffic accidents.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing. I’ve participated in their 5k run before but just had the opportunity to join them in Colorado for the Pikes Peak Ascent. They have created more of a family than an organization and we are so happy to be a part of it.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Keep kids alive got our family together to celebrate the memories and shared the loved that we have for our loved ones. They are loving and caring. We were blessed to celebrate with this beautiful group with similar background were we could cherish the beloved memories of our love ones. Thank you so much for being an awesome group.

Jennie Powers C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to be a part of this wonderful group as we tackled Pikes Peak. They put on an awesome weekend to bring families together who have lost loved ones from motor vehicle accidents. I highly recommend becoming part of this group and challenge yourself for those that have been taken much too soon from us.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 is a wonderful organization supporting a very important cause, keeping our kids safer on the streets. The work they do to support families that have lost loved ones is remarkable. The "Live Forward!" weekend they organize to honor loved ones who died in traffic incidents is a weekend filled with love and healing.

1 Shelly S.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to participate in the Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 Pikes Peak Ascent, we met so many wonderful families who have experienced the ultimate loss. This organization provides an outlet to honor the families and their loved ones. Tom thank you for starting this group. We look forward to continue support this organization and creating awareness.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization with the emphasis to keep kids alive and safe in areas where there are expected to be reduced speeds but somehow so many people seem to want to ignore or don't even realize that kids are in the area and therefore continue to drive at unsafe speeds. It is also an organization that remembers and recognizes so many kids that have been lost so needlessly due to someone's bad choices or decisions. In their annual event in August of "assent to the top" of Pike's Peak, the runners carry the names of lost children on the backs of their shirts as a memorial and remembrance. In our family, we lost 4 of our kids and grandkids to the choices that a drunk driver made to drive.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The mission of KEEP KIDS ALIVE DRIVE 25 is to make streets safer for all who walk, cycle, play, drive, and ride. Doing so preserves lives and relationships.
We live our mission by:
1) Creating campaigns to educate motorists, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists to practice behaviors that keep everyone safe on & along roadways.
2) Supporting families who experience the death of a loved one due to a traffic incident through Live Forward! - bringing good into the world in their honor and memory.
Preventing one more fatality is crucial; this non-profit aims to do just that!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Keep kids alive drive 25 is an awesome non-profit organization. Tom and the nonprofit org work tirelesssky to raise awareness about safety to prevent future catastorphies in our local communities from accidents with cars and kids and adults at play in our neighborhoods. Having a good friend that lost their daughter in a biking accident and having two daughters of my own, the work this org does is so meaningful and appreciated. Please give if you can.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am amazed how the mission and vision of Keep Kids Alive 25 has continued to grow, locally as well as nationally, under the leadership of Tom Everson. After losing my nephew in an auto accident, I decided to get involved. From monetary donations to community engagement and involvement, I wanted to be a part of this amazing non-profit. It truly has been an experience like no other! I cannot thank Tom enough for what he does to make streets safer for all who walk, ride, play, and drive, but as important is what Tom brings to the table for those families dealing with the loss of a loved one. KKAD25 and Tom celebrate the lives lost and that means the world to so many families dealing with loss and grief.

3 Jan Damiani A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Tom's organization has helped so many who have lost a loved one in vehicle
accidents & works with communities to promote safe driving. We lost our 20 yr old daughter, Erika in 2003 as she drove to college on icy roads. An SUV T-boned her & she died instantly.
I found KKAD25 in 2009 & have supported them yearly. They have honored Erika at the
annual Pikes Peak Ascent event & we were able to attend this year. It was an awesome weekend.
Thanks to Tom & KKAD25 for remembering our loved ones & bringing awareness to safe driving. Jan & Tim Anstett

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 after losing my son Tristan when he was hit by a car while running... speed and poor driving choices were involved. KKAD25 brings families such as ours together at the Run to Remember in Omaha and once again in Colorado. These gatherings allowed us to tell our story, meet other families also hurting from loss, and remember Tristan. The mission of KKAD25 doesn't stop there however. Tom has worked closely with our KKAD25 committee in Treynor IA, supporting our efforts and assisting us in acquiring grant money to help make our town a safer place for runners, walkers, bikers.

1 Dij S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the great opportunity to be embraced by this wonderful nonprofit. My brother Andrew was killed in a car accident and this is how I got involved with the nonprofit. Going to the event for the first time brought tears to my eyes when so many who ran made it up a mountain. In life there are many struggles we all face but this inspired me to be better person this inspired me to be stronger that any mountain of trouble or trial I may face in life I can overcome. This wonderful nonprofit gave me the strength to continue to be great just like them. I fully support and fully recommend this organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was driving in Florissant, Missouri, and thought I knew the directions to my destination. I turned the wrong direction on a major thoroughfare, didn't realize the mistake for MANY miles, then had to turn around and try to find the correct street to turn off onto--I even blew that one, turning into-and then having to U-turn out of--a dead end. I was late and getting a bit frantic...finally I saw a street sign that was familiar and quickly turned onto that street. Then I saw it: that familiar sign, "Keep kids alive Drive 25" with the silhouette of a child playing. Suddenly, I realized that, for that moment-and the entire drive-my focus needs NOT to be on how late I am or how many mistakes I've made in directions-no, that sign reminded me that my focus needed to be on driving safely and calmly to my destination no matter how late I might be. That sign reminded me that my own welfare and that of other drivers and folks in the neighborhood depended on me and the way I was driving. That was six years ago, but the lesson of that "snap-to-attention" moment sticks with me to this day.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently had the honor of volunteering at an event for Keep Kids Alive Drive 25. This was my first interaction with the group and what an amazing group, organization and mission to be apart of. I was fortunate to be amongst such an amazing group of people, who's everyday lives had been forced to take an unexpected turn which no family member should have to, yet each family member I spoke with, and had an ability, desire and gift of brightening my day and all those they touched that day. Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 changes lives. I know, they changed mine!

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I are longtime supporters of Keep Kids Alive Drive 25. Having two children and living on a busy street meant that we were constantly aware of the rate of speed that many cars would reach driving past our house. We began placing Keep Kids Alive signs in our yard to make drivers mindful of their speed and to realize that there might be children playing nearby. We believe they made a difference and are thankful for the work that Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 does to not only bring attention to our driving habits but to support those who have lost loved ones due to careless driving.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The love and dedication of Tom and KKAD25 is amazing. He scarifies so the cause can grow. The work done in the community...when you pass a sign in your neighborhood...that is all Tom's sweat and tears.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I met Tom thru my job at a collision center and also being on my neighborhoods hoa board. My neighborhood's goal has been to reduce speeds of vehicles down the streets in which our kids play; our company is trying to reduce needless accidents because of speeding. We use signage along the roads and we go door-to-door handing out literature and encouraging resident participation in the program. I would also like to thank Tom Everson and KKAD25 for their updates and assistance whenever needed. I encourage other companies to get involved to protect our little people. Tom's passion is amazing!

Shelly Reed B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been great working with Tom and Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 on projects in Treynor to help make our streets safer for running, walking and biking. Tom brings a lot of experience to the table with ways to promote safety. He has been paramount in getting our local organization grant funding to make our dreams a reality here.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Tom and KKAD25 have been absolutely incredible to work with on the Treynor project. His passion shines through and he has helped make a difference in our community!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The whole community has been very supportive of the Treynor program which included
funding for radar speed indicator signage and yard signs encouraging "Watch your speed"
"Drive 25", etc. In fact public interes t has encouraged our Junior Optimist sponsoring
group to order more signs. Banners and brackets for light poles are being ordered along with the city which is also providing additional banners- ""Eyes up, phone down" and other
similar signs. Tom Evenson has been a tremendous help with this project. This project was
initiated because of the death of a freshman student who was running in our community
to get in shape for wrestling. We are now working on a trail possibility.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We met Tom Everson several years ago at a grief conference and were taken back with his vision and desire to help educate and support families who have lost children too soon. Our youngest son, Brandon died in an auto accident in April 2004. Our lives were changed forever. There isn't a day that goes by that we wonder what he would be doing and where he would be. Initially, we supplied the shirts for the Run to Remember, which is the half marathon on Pike's Peak. This past summer we were able to join other families across the country share in a memorable weekend full of lots of hugs, sharing our kids, and even a few laughs. This is a special group, KKAD25, providing education and support to so many families struggling to survive without a child. We are pleased and proud to support this program! --Brit & Denise McPherson

Jackie R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

On February 25th 2008 we lost our beautiful daughter Erika Joy in a one-vehicle roll-over accident. Tom Everson and family inspire and move communities to be aware and drive safer in neighborhoods, schools and on every street in every community. Their reach is far and wide and the most important work there is. Keeping our children safe. Mighty people with a mighty purpose. Amazing people. Amazing organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Tom Everson and I met through tragedy, my daughter Erika's death in an auto accident. Through tragedy we have strived for grace and good. Tom Everson and Keep Kids Alive bring positive through pain....beauty in the ashes. What an amazing group of people doing what they do for the good of the community and even beyond. Keep up the good work guys!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This non-profit has empowered me and honored my story by: creating a safety campaign in my husband's name, connecting me with other families, and helping me become a runner to climb Pike's Peak for my late husband. Tom is passionate, smart, dedicated, and successful in assisting families to Live Forward after loss. He is truly making a difference with his work and I am so happy we met.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Tom Everson runs an amazing non-profit. I met him at the "Towards Zero Deaths" conference in Minnesota in 2008, after my husband was rear-ended and killed in a traffic accident. Not only did Tom provide support and empathy, he asked me for my story and if I would like to be involved in a new campaign targeting tail-gaters. I said yes and he created "It's Not a Race! Create Space!" to honor my husband and me. Over the last two years, he has worked tirelessly to get our new initiative off the ground and onto the back of semi-trucks throughout the country. He always keeps me current with the various organizations and grant requests he submits. We have had some success, and some disappointments. But Tom is always positive and so respectful. When the organizations has its annual run, Tom always writes to me with the news, t-shirts for the event, and how he and his family will keep James' memory with them all the time. Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 is a responsive, caring, and hard-working non-profit that I recommend to everyone I know.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Where to start? Unfortunately I met Tom Everson and KKAD25 after my nephew was killed while running on a gravel road. I am a long time runner and have always been concerned with the safety of runners/bikers/walkers/kids on roads. My sister was also killed in a preventable car accident when she was only 16 years old so I knew this was the place for me to be.
The group is amazing and Tom does everything possible to make us 'newbies' feel welcome. I'm not sure where my family would be this first year without the support of this wonderful group and the inspiration it gives.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a longtime supporter of the mission of Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 to assist their educational initiatives which have impacted citizens in over 1600 U.S. communities. KKAD25 has also helped families who have experienced the death of a loved one due to a traffic incident.

I appreciate Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 and their efforts to make streets safer for all who walk, cycle, play, drive, and ride.

Doug K.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Keep Kids Alive is a wonderful non-profit and I believe has really made a difference in the Omaha community. It's a simple reminder to the community to slow it down in our neighborhoods, especially where kids are present. -Sgt. Erin Payne, Omaha Police Department

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first became acquainted with Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 following the loss of our 16 y/o son and a high school classmate in a motor vehicle crash in 2012. Our daughter was able to participate in the Live Forward! Run To Remember event in both 2015 and 2016 running in memory of her little brother and several young people from Idaho. Our family was blessed beyond words as KKAD25 opened their hearts to us and helped us find common ground with other families who have suffered similar losses. Together, we are all learning to "Live Forward". We encourage every community to invite KKAD25 and their programs to help save lives!

1 Toni41

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bill and I lost our Son Andrew ,August 8,2014. He had just turned 34 the 28th of July. He was involved in a head on collision. I was contacted by a friend who knew about Keep kids alive, drive 25.

I was then contacted by Tom Everson...he and this orgonazition was a gift from God..
Bill nor I had talked with anyone who had ever been through what we were going through.

Our friends and families were trying so hard to help us just to keep it together. But they could only do so much.
Tom told us all about a weekend where we could meet other families and share our story. We would also hear other families share theirs. We were able to know just what each other was going through and we developed life long new friends who shared each other's grief.
It was so healing to be with these other families. We laughed,we remembered our loved ones, we cried. But we healed. It was truly a blessing.

If it had not been for this organization, I'm not sure Billy and I would have been able to make it through this devastated loss.
We have now gone for 2 years and as long as we can, we will continue to go. To see old friends and to meet the new ones who have become members of a club no one should ever belong to. A grieving parent.
God bless, Tom, his family, this organization, all the famili we hav met.
We love you all dearly, Billy and Toni Smith

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Living in Southern Calif on a very busy residential street with an elementary school ( with over 700 students) just down the block, I noticed that traffic was increasing along with the speeders as they passed by my home. So in 2005, I was looking for resources to addressing the speeding problem here. While searching online I happened to find KKAD25 and contacted Tom Everson about the signs that he used to promote traffic safety. For the past 11 years, I have been using this method to remind drivers to aware of their driving habits and people seem to know the house that has the signs in front of it. Driving safety is very important for everyone on the roads today with all the distractions that people have in their vehicles. My signs are out every school day and if it helps make one person safer than it worked. Thanks to KKAD25 many communities in our nation have been made safer for their residents. Thank you, Tom!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've had the distinct pleasure to work with KKAD25 to create a program in Alameda in conjunction with the national Walk to School program. We were extremely successful and Tom Everson was creative and collaborative in working with us. There is nothing more fulfilling then working together as a community to make our town safer for all and particularly kids walking to school.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 has such a wonderful mission. Tom is very easy to work with, he is thorough with his communication and responds very quickly. My family and I have been fortunate enough to attend the Run to Remember weekend at Pikes Peak for the last two years, because of Tom's diligence everything went incredibly smoothly. I am very impressed with the efforts behind this organization !

Käj J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Tom Everson and Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 truly do wonderful things for our community. Whether it's organizing events to raise awareness and promote an active lifestyle or saving lives through clever campaign slogans and signage products, KKAD25 is a feather in the cap of Omaha's non-profit scene.

Keep up the good work!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 has been a great asset in the community. Tom recently collaborated with the Southwest YMCA and Cody Elementary to teach children to walk to school safely on National Walk to School Day.

It's great to see Keep Kids Alive, Drive 25 in the community keeping kids and families safe.

Donor

Rating: 5

Our organization has worked with Tom Everson and the Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 program for nearly six years. Tom has always been a great supporter of our program and us of his. KKAD25 utilizes funds to talk about safe driving not only in Nebraska, but across the entire U.S. We have donated material and funding to both his Live Forward and Run to Remember 5K and witnessed a great impact from both programs in the community.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor, Tom has been great to work with. KKAD25 is a great organization to support and our mission aligns with the work that Tom does in Nebraska and across the nation. We feel very proud to partner and support KKAD25!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Amazing is probably the best way to say how our experience has been with KKAD25. Tom and his staff helped to get a lawn sign campaign initiated in our community. It has gone over very well and we have received so many compliments from our residents. Furthermore it has really helped make motorists more people aware of their speed and pay closer attention to their surroundings. This campaign will ultimately help to save lives and make our roads safer for all. Looking forward to continuing our work with KKAD25 in the future. Cant wait for the next community outreach project.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a donor, past board member, and an insurance agent, I can tell you Tom Everson and the Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 organization does an awesome job in helping spread the word of encouraging safe driving behaviors. His outreach to communities, neighborhoods, and schools everywhere is a never ending job and he needs everyone's help in spreading the word of changing driving behaviors. I have known Tom for well over 10 years and I continue to support his good cause in many ways. I use information from the KKAD25 website when I meet with new teen drivers to talk about the responsibility of being a safe driver. I encourage all to check out the website and apply what you learn, and please consider supporting this great organization. Keep up the good work Tom!

Doug Geyer, Agent, State Farm Insurance, Omaha, NE

Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported the mission of Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 since its inception in 1998. Throughout the past 17 years I have donated to support both their proactive work with communities to engage drivers in practicing behaviors that keep everyone safe on and around roadways as well as their work through Live Forward! in support of families who's loved ones have died in a traffic incident. KKAD25's steadfast commitment to staying focused on their core mission has been, and continues to be, reason enough to continue my donations. I invite you to join me in adding your support to mine as a donor.

Dave Walter, St. Louis, MO

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Through their many outreach events in NE and beyond, Tom Everson & the Keep Kids Alive 25 team have made a positive footprint in the lives of thousands of families across the nation. Ranging from the organization's massive outreach in community education on traffic safety, to commemorative events such as the annual Live Forward Run, KKAD 25 is truly going the extra mile to honor the lives of children lost in traffic accidents, while impacting public perception & awareness on what safe driving means. Now THIS is an organization committed to changing the statistics, one safe driver at a time. Most recently, the KKAD 25 team completed an ascent of Pike's Peak in support of their mission, demonstrating once again, that there are no limits to the power of saving lives. I had the honor of attending a KKAD 25 Live Forward race last Spring, and simply put, am moved by the compassion of this organization to honor each and every child lost, while stopping at nothing to empower each of us to Drive Safely. Great work KKAD25!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 campaign has strengthened the community engagement efforts between the police department and the community. This helped to solve a community problem (speeding) through education and awareness coupled with enforcement. In partnering with the neighborhood association and using the resources at the police department, we successfully launched this campaign to slow traffic down in a section of the city that has been a problem for many years. Tom has been instrumental in providing safety information and assisting with the logistics of the signs/decals. We look forward to using this program for many years to come.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am both a board member, but I am also a parent who lost a child in a car accident. KKAD25 does great educational and outreach programs, but the weekend at Pikes Peak with the other families who lost kids was unbelievable. I was there to run in memory of my son Nate, who was 15 when he died. Nate would have loved to run the Pikes Peak Ascent, so I ran it for him. I really thought that weekend would be mostly about the run, but I was so wrong. This past August we had about 10 families there who had lost a child to a traffic accident. Once you lose a child, you have to find your new normal, but that new normal is no where near the normal everyone else has. But all of the families there have the same new normal that I have. We were free to talk about our kids without having to explain anything. We could talk about our kids without getting that "poor you" look. Sometimes we spend more time comforting people who just found out that we lost a child. That weekend in Colorado, we were free to laugh, cry, hug. smile and share. I never, in my wildest dreams, thought that the fellowship of that weekend would be something that I would treasure forever. The emotional boost of the weekend at Pikes Peak is something that can only be felt, it cannot be expressed in words. KKAD25's mission is to make the streets safer for all, but they have also given an amazing gift to those of us who have lost kids. Ideally, our education programs would end all traffic accidents, but until that happens, we will continue to have our weekend at Pikes Peak to Live Forward and Run to Remember.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 decals work because we are using them on various streets in my community. It has caused drivers to check their speed and slow down. I highly recommend the program.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I was president/CEO of the National Safety Council, Nebraska, I had the opportunity to work with Tom Everson and the Keep Kids Alive program. Tom and his wife, Wendy, were aware of the need for neighborhood street safety programs and began their program in 2008 in response to a tragic incident in our Loveland community in Omaha. After a child’s loss of life, the neighborhood sought help and Tom provided it through the Keep Kids Alive program. It is fabulous how this program has grown and reached many in the U.S. (51 U.S. communities in 20 states this year alone) and around the world in the past 7 years. That’s not surprising when there is such a need to make our streets safer for all and such a dedicated and creative leader as Tom Everson to meet the challenge. Statistics showing speed reductions prove the success. Lives saved are the greatest benefit. Thanks Tom!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Tom Everson has been doing great work in Omaha and across the country for years. I have been aware and very appreciative of his work. Most recently, he joined the Stakeholder Group for our Complete Streets City planning initiative. His experience and expertise has already benefited the effort by his articulate explanations of the benefits and challenges facing the committee. We are fortunate to Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 organization in Omaha. I highly endorse his work and thank him for his dedication and passion for making our streets safe for all users.
Connie

Advisor

Rating: 5

I met Tom many years ago when he had first started Keep Kids Alive Drive 25. His love and conviction to grow KKAD25 and spread the safety messages of KKAD25. In all the years since, I have never seen his conviction waver. There is nobody more dedicated to a more wonderful and successful cause. I wholeheartedly support Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 and encourage others to do so also.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I started the Conor Lynch Foundation when my 16year old son was killed by a distracted, hit and run , non-licensed driver. Tom and his organization have been not only a great inspiration to me and the Conor Lynch Foundation but also been a guiding light in the area of street safety. This organization operates from the heart at all times. Tom is constantly reaching out to families who have lost loved ones in the street. So I am a client and a donor and a supporter of Keep Kids Alive and a friend of Tom's because of all they do to KEEP KIDS ALIVE! Thank you Tom and team.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tom Everson has been an amazing inspiration to me and my relatively new suburban Pittsburgh, PA KKAD25 group. He has coached us so unselfishly and provided suggestions, contacts, websites and plenty of patience as it's been a long haul in getting all of the approvals and local support need. We appreciated how responsive he has been to our every question and need. We're very fortunate to have the ongoing benefit of Tom's leadership. Keep up the great work! Anne Mitchell

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am chairman of Riverside, Iowa's Keep Kids Alive Drive 25. I was inspired by the group because it emulated what I wanted to do for my community.

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm proud to be a donor to KKAD25. As a parent with two young children living along a busy residential street where the speed limit is frequently ignored, the simple message of traffic safety, courtesy, and use of common sense for the sake of our children hits home. Tom Everson runs an impressive organization, and I encourage others to join me in supporting KKAD25.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I applaud Tom Everson and his efforts with the Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 campaign.
The motivation, diligence and unselfishness that Tom exhibits as he promotes his message should
be nothing but commended.

E.J. Stanek

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Our department became involved with Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 following the death of a local boy who was involved in a bicycle/car crash. This young man's parents informed us of this organization and connected us with Tom. We received double the money that we requested from our City Council and were able to place numerous signs in high profile areas around schools, recreations centers, swimming pools, baseball fields, softball fields, etc. We have received very positive feedback and feel that the presence of these signs has helped make drivers more aware.
Chief Jeff Cayler
Carroll Police Department
Carroll, Iowa

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Tom and keep kids alive drive 25,has been there for me since i lost my son.This organization is a great one.They are there for us.and show us love on the things they do for are loved ones.iam so greatful for there help,and Tom being there.
Thank you Tom,and staff!

Maria100

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was honored to meet tom and his family n other families this August this year at the pike peak and Im truly was amazed how one man and his family come together as one to help others in there time in need I was truly breathtakin away how so much love was kindness was there I loved every moment that I spent on that mountain it took my breath away in so many ways I am blessed to no tom and his family they are beautiful people inside and out ...thank u for the beautiful time and looking forward to next year...

1 Jan_35

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an excellent organization that helps so many who have lost a loved one in vehicle accidents. Tom & his staff work hard to promote safe driving & to honor the memory of our loved ones with their Pikes Peak Run. We lost our 20yr. old daughter, 10 yrs ago in a car accident & she's been remembered for the last four years when we found this organization. Thanks to KKAD25 for bringing awareness to safer driving & remembering our loved ones. Jan Anstett

Client Served

Rating: 5

Tom Everson and Keep Kids Alive, Drive 25 is one of the most dedicated organizations, I've come across. We devote a monthly page in our newsletter on the programs, articles and news worthy events that he sponsors. He came out to Phoenix to help us with the Drive 25 trash decals in our neighborhood which got Moon Valley High School involved passing them out. Tom is a dedicated individual that is worthy of any and all sponsorship he can obtain. Keep up the good work Tom! By Vicki Allen, Phoenix, AZ, Cactus Park West Neighborhood News, Web: neighborhoodlink.com/phoenix/cpwna

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Tom_KKAD25 09/18/2013

Thanks for your affirmation and for all the commitment and efforts of Cactus Park West in implementing KKAD25 locally. It is citizens like you that make the mission happen across the country.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Our agency has used the products made by Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 for almost 14 years now in over 25 neighborhoods in Town. We have had a lot of positive feedback from the residents and parents of elementary and middle school school students. Tom and his group have always been there to help us and very responsive to our needs.

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Tom_KKAD25 09/16/2013

Thank you Nazanin. Danville was the first city in the U.S. to utilize KKAD25 street signs as part of a neighborhood traffic safety education campaign - back in January, 1999. Thanks for being the leader.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I met Tom and his KKAD25 program at a Neighborhood USA convention over 10 years ago. I brought his KKAD25 program back to the City of Roseville, Ca. I got the City to cosponsor the KKAD25 program thoughout Roseville. We have the decals on garbage cans throughout the city. Driving in residental neighborhoods is a problem all over America. I sincerely believe this program has saved many lifes in our city. I urge anyone reading these reviews to start a KKAD25 program in your city.

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Tom_KKAD25 09/16/2013

Thank Jim. KKAD25 does not happen without committed citizens in communities across the country to lead the way. Thank you for leading the way in Roseville.

Mandy F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family has endured the over whelming loss of my 7 year old baby boy, Matthew. During this time we have been graced with meeting many loving, caring people and organizations. One of the organizations I would like to recognize is, “Keep Kids Alive Drive 25”, created by Tom Everson.
The mission of this organization is to create public awareness of obeying the posted speed limit signs, especially in residential areas and support families who have lost loved ones due to careless/reckless motorist. This organization has helped me to connect with other grieving families and motivate me in pursing to educate others of the tragedies that can be a result of speeding. We all know it only takes seconds to have a life changing incident happen and all I ask is that people just SLOW down. We, the motorist have taken the responsibility to operate a motor vehicle and should do so with respect to the laws, other motorist, pedestrians and more importantly the children; who may run out into the road for a ball, their dog or on a bike.
Mr. Everson has dedicated himself for this cause and has reached out to my family, consoling us and letting us know that we are not alone that there are other families who can empathize that burning overwhelming feeling of emptiness you have left in your heart, feeling as if you’re alone, hopeless and broken.
Mr. Everson is making a special trip to meet with me and my family on Sunday, to have dinner and show his continued support. It takes special Angels here on this earth to comfort a broken heart and we are honored to be able to meet with him. We will forever be grateful for Mr. Everson and this cause.

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Tom_KKAD25 09/13/2013

Thank you for your kind words Mandy. We are privileged to know you and Nick and to honor Matthew through our mission.

Tamara12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After our 12 year old son passed away a good friend told me about Keep Kids Alive. It's a wonderful organization. It's helping us get through each day knowing that the word is getting out there to drive slow and be alert for children. Thank you for what you do!

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Tom_KKAD25 09/13/2013

Thanks Tamara. We are honored to remember Tim and we look forward to you joining our Run to Remember Team to take on Pikes Peak.

kylefoster03

Donor

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of meeting Tom 10 years ago....under the worst of circumstances. My son's best friend was hit and killed in front of his house on Halloween, 2003. He was 10 years old. The speed limit was 30 mph. He stepped out between parked cars and was struck down by a teenager on her way home from school. Witnesses believed she was exceeding the speed limit, but a Grand Jury failed to find her at fault.
After reading an article about Tom's organization in a family magazine, we contacted him for advice on getting the speed limit lowered in our neighborhood. Tom did WAY more than offer advice. He came from Omaha to Mesquite, Texas to speak before our City Council. After that, our House Representative got involved and authored a Bill which was later signed and written into Texas law, making it easier for cities to lower speed limits in areas of need without a costly traffic study. Tom traveled to Austin with us to testify before a House Committee...... I believe that his knowledge and testimony is what convinced our Governor to sign the Bill. After the Bill became a law, our city of Mesquite immediately changed all residential speed limits to 25. I will forever be grateful for his involvement and dedication to his organization and to the families and friends who have suffered such a great loss. I have followed Tom's activities since 2003 and will continue to donate as long as I am able. Keep up the great work KKAD 25!!

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Rating: 5

I became involved with Tom Everson's group (KKAD 25) after my son's best friend, Kyle Foster, was hit and killed by a teenage driver in front of his house on Halloween, 2003. Tom met in person with a group of us who wanted to get our city to lower the speed limits on residential streets. He was instrumental in providing research data regarding speed limits. He spoke with us in front of our City Council and then travelled with us to speak before a Legislative Committee in Austin, Texas. Within a year's time, a Bill authored by our State Representative, Elvira Reyna, was signed and passed by our governor. The Bill allows cities to by-pass lengthy traffic studies in order to lower speed limits where they see fit. I'm confident that his support was instrumental in changing the residential speed limits here in Mesquite, Texas. I now donate monthly to KKAD25 and smile with a heavy heart every time I see the speed limit signs on our streets. Through Tom, Kyle Foster will never be forgotten. With much gratitude, Susan Lopez

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Rating: 5

I have been associated with the Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 program for close to 12 years. The City of Tulsa became connected with the organization just prior to that time and I have continued to utilize the signage and information that Tom has provided from KKAD25. His efforts have allowed for cities and neighborhoods to help with the Traffic Safety cause of having motorist slow down and watch for not only children, but all pedestrians. Keep up the good work Tom. Several local television stations have helped me with spreading the word and we have had numerous coverages during the May 1st "May Day" event also.

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Tom_KKAD25 09/12/2013

Thanks Craig. We appreciate all our partners in law enforcement who work with us to make the mission of Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 possible.