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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
Review from Guidestar
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
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.