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Variety Children's Charity of Greater Kansas City

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Digestive Diseases & Disorders, Health, Pediatrics

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

Target demographics: disabilities- kids

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100,000 kids

Geographic areas served: Greater Kansas City Area

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

Community Stories

106 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer, and have only had awesome experiences with Variety! They do so much for families around the Kansas City area to make sure everyone feels included. I love helping at all the fun events they host around town, and seeing the joy they bring to families and kids.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Variety KC funded an adaptable tricycle for my son. He will be 7 years and has fought brain cancer since he was 4 months old. Lucas has missed out on so much of his childhood because of cancer and other medical issues caused by the tumor. The tricycle that was built for Lucas has given him the chance to experience and be involved with his siblings and friends on a normal basis. He enjoys going for bike rides in the morning and in the afternoon. This is one of his favorite activities to do. We are so very thankful for Variety KC and their ability to give Lucas the experiences he deserves!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Variety people have made such a positive difference in the lives of these kiddos
who DON'T have life easy in so many ways.Thank you for
brightening their lives!

Amy M.22

Client Served

Rating: 5

Variety has been such a blessing to our family! We have 6 special needs children and variety has given several of them the opportunity to expand their horizons by trying new things we never would have dreamed they would be able to. They have gotten to try adaptive ice hockey and were able to play at our zoo playground after having to sit in a stroller or wheelchair all day, all because it is now adaptive to include ALL children. One of our sons was also just presented with his own custom sports wheelchair through VarietyKC. This is life changing in that he can now play the sport he loves, basketball, in a chair that fits to his body and helps him reach his full potential in this game. The love and compassion that Variety shows to our community is amazing and we feel so grateful to have gotten to know and be blessed by them.

Angie B.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our youngest is 4 years old and nonverbal. Almost a year ago Oliver was given a communication device to help him communicate with his siblings, peers, and his parents. Because of variety and their generous donors we were given the gift of speech. Watching Oliver light up when he pushes a button and it says what he is thinking is the coolest. We love variety and all that they stand for. Inclusion for all kids.

Kristi Larson M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We LOVE VarietyKC! The team has done such great things that have positively impacted our lives in a number of ways. My son has received his own personal basketball wheelchair from Variety. This allows his to compete in a chair that is specific to him and of course he loves! At the same time, Variety KC has also provided other sports chairs to our basketball team to make sure that ANY Co old that shows up to play with our team has the ability to do so! This completely supports the vision of Helping every child be active, be social and belong. We LOVE Variety KC!

Raphael E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just want to take a moment to say how amazing Deb and Variety KC have been for the community. They go above and beyond for these children and bring so much positivity into the world!

I am truly thankful for you all at Variety KC.

Mollie H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been working with Variety KC for a few years now and am always amazed by how much this charity genuinely cares. They care about the entire community as well as putting time and effort into each individual, child, parent, family— they truly do make a difference.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Deb and the team at Variety KC are truly one of a kind. The opportunities they provide to children in need continue to inspire and impact the local community in countless ways. Thank you for empowering others and providing a space for them to be included. Keep up the great work!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Deb Wiebrecht, or Chief Inclusion Officer as I like to say, is an amazing person who is extremely passionate about Variety kids and their families. She is constantly striving to find innovative ways in which to support Variety kids and while sharing the message of inclusion. Variety KC offers tons of information, on their website and social media, with ways for kids and families to get involved such as health and safety alerts, news and events, birthday ideas, inclusive playgrounds, and much more! People can also donate on the website, request to volunteer, and families can apply online for adaptive equipment. What a wonderful organization that strives to make sure that every kid feels included and like they belong. If I could give them 10 stars, I would!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Variety has been an awesome organization for myself and children. I have 3 children that have benefited from them . My youngest has some speech problems and they blessed him with an iPad. Thank you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Rare. Our daughter, Ellianna, is one of 300 in the world. As an infant her symptoms were so unique it took years to figure out what was going on. During those years of searching for answers, it was as though we were stranded on an island; to say we felt alone would be an understatement. Then Ellianna’s physical therapist introduced us to Variety KC. It was an instant community of individuals advocating for inclusion, for unity, for kindness.

Variety KC has been a huge blessing to our family, and Deb is one in a million. She has the biggest heart, and her passion to help kids of all abilities is unmatched. She cares so deeply about each and every child and family she meets. Her determination to help children with special needs helps make this world a better place. Variety has gifted Ellianna with an adaptive trike allowing her to ride through the neighborhood just like her big brother. She has received a professional photo shoot with a couture gown from a photographer that was patient and saw the best in our children. They have granted her an opportunity to attend a Rotals’ Fantasy Camp where she will get to play ball with our favorite boys in blue. And they have provided a family of support that motivates us to keep hoping, keep dreaming for our children, and for our world, to help them be the best they can be.

Thank you Variety!

Kim_208

Client Served

Rating: 5

Variety has changed the way Kansas City sees the disabled community. We now have baseball field and water parks that allow ANYONE to play, better access at the zoo, changing tables that accommodate older children, theater camps that include everyone no matter what their abilities, safe access to the beach in Olathe.... I could go on and on! Thank you Variety for all you have done and all you continue to do.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was 4 and had just gotten his autism diagnosis. He still wasn’t talking and I couldn’t afford speech therapy and the insurance company’s were taking almost a year to process a claim for an AAC device. So I applied for Variety KC to help get his device. I had just gotten a decline claim notice from the insurance saying that he didn’t need a device and that I could fight that with a 90 page form sent within 30 days, they didn’t send me the form until it had been almost 45 days. I was heartbroken that I had finally gotten his diagnosis after 6 months waiting, to come to find out that I couldn’t afford to do anything to help him and insurance was just drowning me in paperwork. I had no help, no resources and I doubted I’d hear back from any of the local charities that I reached out to.
Then Deb from Variety called me, she said he was approved for funding for his AAC device. I was in tears. She was amazing and so excited to help my son, she got him the iPad and a gift card that covered the full cost of the touchchat app which is $400. Within two months of using it he began mimicking the device, he was able to tell me that he was hungry, tired, and was SPEAKING! Flash forward he’s going to be 7 now and he’s making full sentences, reading with 100% fluency, inflections, & accuracy at a 4th grade level even though he’s going into 2nd grade. He is talking and socializing with peers! He can talk to his sister!
Variety KC gave my son a voice when the insurance companies said he didn’t NEED one. They were genuine in their compassion and eager to help my son be heard. I’ll never forget Deb & Variety. We wear our t shirts and tell people to donate to Variety KC because they gave my son a voice when he couldn’t find his own!

Marbella R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Variety kc is an amazing organization!!
My son Alejandro has a rare syndrome. Which affects his motor skills , among other things.
He was granted a bike which he loves.. He loves outdoors and enjoys everyday his walks around the neighborhood..

Mike D.7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Variety Children's Charity of Greater Kansas City has done great work throughout our city! Recently my daughter participated in a theater camp (Spinning Tree Theatre) that included teens with special needs. Variety paid for the full week! My daughter had the time of her life! And is already talking about next summer's camp!

The love, support and enthusiasm Executive Director,Deborah Wiebrecht, puts into this cause is amazing! The constant efforts of Variety to support kids with special needs is a blessing to Kansas City!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Variety KC is an amazing organization!! My 5 year old son has a physical disability that makes riding a bike difficult for him. We were incredibly blessed to be gifted an adaptive trike for him through Variety KC! We never could have afforded this trike on our own. It warms my heart to see my son ride around with his sisters like a ‘big kid’. Deb is one of the most amazing people I have ever met. Her passion for inclusion is second to none. We are SO grateful for Variety KC!!

2 Bethani L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

VarietyKC helped my son Jayce, have a voice. He is 3 years old, non verbal and is autistic. Since receiving the communication device, he has been able to request food and items that he wants. He loves oceans animals and will often request them using his device! It has been amazing being able to ask him what he wants and he can start telling us! Variety is an amazing group!
Here is a link of him using it the first day we brought it home!
https://www.instagram.com/p/ByF0utDhwlMlH8n8E9J_uNkCX_bkGzR8ZcFjmw0/?igshid=1rw2b5ws577sl

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Variety is an amazing organization! Deb has to be the most thoughtful and caring person I’ve ever met. The inclusion of all people that has happened because of Variety Kc is amazing. Thank you for all you do for a huge spectrum of people and their differences!

Ayla W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

You guys are hero’s! Opening doors for our kids and providing them with more ability to just be kids! We love you!!!!

Angie O.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is 17 and has Cerebral Palsy. Several years ago we met Variety while trying to help with fundraising for an inclusive playground in Independence. That dream turned into a playground and ball field. He was then using a walker and now uses crutches. For the time ever ever my kiddo was able to play along side his brothers and friends. Then we were gifted a bicycle from Variety. We have attended Royals camps as well. We love their mission on helping all kids Be active, Be social and Belong!

Brittany M.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Incredible organization with unsurmountable passion! Loving seeing all the amazing things being accomplished by VarietyKC!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Variety has been such an asset to our family I do many ways. When my daughter who is now 11 was 4, Variety helped us get some specialized leg braces to help her learn to walk. She was born with Spina Bifida and struggles with many things. Since then we have been part of the aridity family. They host fantastic social events for the kids. More importantly they help family fund mobility and communication needs. They also have build amazing accessible spaces around KC that she can access in her wheelchair. Variety has been a blessing to our family and community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Variety KC gifted my son a Segway to help give his legs a rest while keeping up with his peers and helping him make longer distances at an easier pace. They make sure all kids feel included.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Variety was able to help give my son a voice. My son does not speak and was diagnosed with autism and he has a hard time with day to day life but because of variety my son was given an iPad that has an app on it that helps my son communicate. We’ve had the device for 1month and we already see such a huge difference. The people that made all this happen me and my family can’t thank you enough.

Katie Smeltzer I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5



This is my love letter to Variety Children's Charity of Kansas City but this is also for all of you at home reading. To those who have given to the Variety Family and to those who may be considering giving to OUR Variety family. So here it is:

Dear Variety,
I am just an average mom. I run errands, take my kids to preschool, clean up their messes and love them with all of my heart. But my family is not typical and really we aren't all that average, but families like us are more common than what the world thinks. I know you know better Variety. I know that you know that 1 in 4 families are affected by a family member with a special need. We are that 1 in 4. In 2012, my husband and I gave birth to the most beautiful child. You weren't apart of this stage in our life not yet. When our daughter Charlotte or Lottie for short was 4 months old our world changed. Something was different about Lottie. She was labeled with words like "globally developmentally delayed" and "low muscle tone" We didn't know what to do and we felt so alone! And scared and at times hopeless about her future Doctor after doctor had guesses about what her diagnosis would be, but they all turned out wrong so we stood on our own with a child with clear special needs and no diagnosis. This feeling was lonely and the our view of the future was grim.

But this is when you came in Variety, like a knight on a white horse or a super energetic blond named Deb and a giant Red heart.

To my outside readers: I won't go into details about how we became a part of the Variety family except to say... if you are where I was... reach out to Variety. I can guarantee life will feel different after. Life will get easier.

Variety, you have given us a reason to dream big for our daughter. You stood beside us and told us that it doesn't matter what her diagnosis or prognosis is, she is meant to be a vital part of our community.

You said to us... she WILL be active and you helped us secure a go baby go specialized motorized ride on toy car for our girl and then you provided a kid walk, an expensive piece of equipment, our family could not afford on our own and that insurance had denied . This piece of equipment is helping our 5 year take her first steps.

You said to us ... Lottie WILL be social and you built multiple inclusive playgrounds all over Kansas City where she can play side by side with average children. You invited us to events with other families in our situation and you opened up the door to some of my greatest friendships. You got the zoo and the ice rink to think about our kids and now the airport too!!

And most importantly you said to us and to our community here in Kansas City, that it does not matter what your "limitations" are you are just as valuable as every other child. You said to us ... you said to Lottie... you said to that 1 in 4 family... YOU BELONG. You will always belong!

We love and thank you from the bottom of our hearts and we are proud to be from Kansas City, and we are Proud to be a Vairety Family.

This city is doing big things for inclusion and I am so excited to be a part of it and I hope you will want to be a part as well by donating today!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Variety Kc gave my son independence.
He is 12 years old and has cerebral palsy, he also has two brothers he wanted to ride bikes with really bad. Variety Kc gave him an adaptive bike and now they can barely keep up with him. They also have fun activities like adaptive ice skating. It's so wonderful as a patent to see my son be able to just be a kid and play without worrying about a way to make it happen for him. Thank you variety kc for everything you do for our kids!

Malanie Miller L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had just moved to KC and our son Donovan was having a hard time adapting to his new school. As a child on the Autism Spectrum he really had a hard time adapting to change and his school was using technology that we didn't have at home and at the time couldn't afford. I was put in touch with Deb at Variety and they were so helpful and provided my son with an iPad. This allowed him to continue progress he was making at school, at home and the progress has been amazing.

Patsy Brunk R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Variety is an amazing organization helping kids be active and included. My son was the recipient of an adaptive bike and watching the joy on his face as he rides it is priceless. Variety KC puts smiles on kids faces, at any Variety event you will see beaming children and parents moved by how this organization has brightened their lives.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Variety KC has so many fun events! My son happens to LOVE baseball and they put together a little camp for kids with special needs and the Royals. He gets so excited until he gets out there with all the ball players and then he is shy and shuts down. The volunteers are so good with him!

At this same camp I saw a machine that Variety KC constructed that helped kids who can't walk or can't walk well on their own being used and it warmed my heart! It left such a lasting impression. Those kids were so happy and so free! It was truly amazing!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Variety is one of the best Charities that I've ever been a part of. I've been lucky enough to be on both the giving and receiving end of Variety. I can guarantee to anybody that by donating to variety they are giving to an amazing charity with an amazing cause!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Variety is an amazing organization they heps children of all abilities be included in their community. They make others in our community aware of the importance that every child be social, be active and belong!

Variety helped our daughter with Cerebral Palsy be active in our community by funding a wheelchair lift for our van. This amazing gift allows our daughter to more easily go on outings with her siblings and be safe while doing so!


Variety is creating playgrounds on our community where children can be social with their peers and siblings. These playgrounds give our family a special place to go and play together!

We love Variety Children's Charity of Kansas City!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Variety KC has been such an amazing organization for our family. Deb and her crew have created opportunities for special needs children where there was once none. We love the great things they are doing such as inclusive playgrounds, mobility equipment, rasing awareness, adaptive camps, and most important, helping our kids belong! Variety KC recently had a custom adaptive bike made for my 5 year old son so that he was not only safe riding but that he would no longer be left out of bike rides with his brother and the neighborhood gang of kids riding bikes. Prior to his new bike, he would sit on his toddler ride-on toy in our driveway and cry watching all the kids ride up and down the street. He was unable to participate in a childhood pastime that we all take for granted....but not anymore. It may seem little but these things make huge differences for our children who already have limited opportunities. Variety KC is an amazing organization and they are doing amazing things for our children!!!!

Stephanie P.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Variety KC is an amazing gift to Kansas City. It’s purpose and drive is solely to make kids included and involved. We are grateful to th everyday

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization whose benefits are all inclusive!

Miriam Arellano S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They gave us a manual ramp for the car for my son's wheelchair.

All I can say is. I wish the world had more people like Variety ❤ #Inclusion

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never seen anyone work as hard as Deb to make events work so well and to put smiles on the faces of children.

Client Served

Rating: 5

To everyone out there i have to say this charity is so awsome. We have a son that had a stroke at a young age. They have made his day every day with all the play grounds that he can play on like he use too. Plus the benefits to all the the kids in the KC area with all the help that us parents need to give ours kids the fun that they need. Thank you!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to Variety my kids can play with other children. Both kids have mobility and Sensory issues. They also helped my son be a kid by providing him with a bike after his stroke.

Olivia W.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I help out every year with there charity fundraiser show. Such wonderful people here and live their mission

Client Served

Rating: 5

Meet the Kids: Gunnar
Gunnar is a toddler just trying to do what all toddlers do...and that is, toddle around! Unfortunately, due to his physical challenges he cannot stand up and perform related activities on his own. However, with the help of a harness system at pre-school, he is been able to stand, take supported of steps, and rise from a sitting position. This will help tremendously in teaching him motor skills for walking, improving strength, improving balance, and allowing him to explore his environment. Variety KC donors have the biggest hearts and they made it possible for Gunnar to have a harness system in his home. Look out, there's no stopping him now. Help all kids to Be Active Be Social and Belong -

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When Variety KC picked up on a problem facing families, they decided to help by creating positive awareness.
A young Variety recipient, Catie, was frustrated by having to circle parking lots, waiting for able-bodied drivers to free up the disabled parking spots up front. This is particularly problematic for families needing the extra space to put down ramps for wheelchairs.
“We heard from Catie and her mother about this issue, and we wanted to help,” said Deborah Wiebrecht, executive director for Variety in Kansas City. “People and families with special needs rely on those spots, and we wanted more people to realize that those blue signs benefit a real person.”
Variety helped created parking signs that feature Variety Kids. Two years ago, Hy-Vee stores the Kansas City-area were the first to install the signs, located right beneath the legal “disabled parking” signs and the kind reminder, along with the youthful smiling faces, help to personalize the message.
The signs have a simple message: “Think of Me, Keep it Free.”
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Local police departments report that the number of tickets at these locations have dropped to nearly zero. Community members took notice of Hy-Vee’s support of Variety’s effort, and local schools began asking for them.
“Apparently the ‘park and run in for just a second’ issue is very prevalent in school parking lots, buildings that primarily serve children and families,” said Weibrecht. “It seems that the more signs that are posted, the more requests we get! We receive daily feedback that people have seen the signs and families have been approached by strangers thanking them for the raising awareness of this need and sharing that the signs have changed their parking behavior.”

Sommer W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Variety is AMAZING! I have volunteered multiple times and I love that you get to see the impact they are having on kids and family in the KC area!! You don’t just donate, but you get to see where that money is going and how it’s helping others!!!

Kendra Bryant G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Variety Children's Charities is one of the BEST charities in KC! They collaborate with many individuals and organizations in the community to make the biggest impact on children and families. Variety moves quickly, uses their resources wisely, and is as innovative as they come. As a community physical therapist, I am so grateful to have Variety as a resource for mobility, sociability, and inclusion!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Variety Children's Charity of Kansas City is a truly impactful organization making a huge difference in our local community. Through Variety's efforts, hundreds of local children now have the equipment they need to participate more fully in the world around them. Variety has also been working tirelessly to provide more opportunities for these families to be able to enjoy "normal" social activities with their special needs children - like building inclusive playgrounds, launching new group sports activities, and hosting events that welcome children of all abilities. These efforts are so meaningful to so many families and the community is really rallying around Variety to ensure these efforts continue and expand in the years to come!

Mandi Fraley S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We partner with Variety KC on the project Go Baby Go at the STEAM Studio. Our youth redesign and rebuild the mobile car for younger children with disabilities as part of a STEAM (science technology engineering art and math) activity. Then they get to present the car to the young child and family with Variety KC. Deb, from Variety KC is amazing to work with as her passion and positive energy for the families she serves is contagious! Our budding engineers get to see the impact they are making, all while learning more about STEAM.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Variety - the Children's Charity KC is the heart of the community through its inclusive programs and all abilities playgrounds, making is easy for all children to reach their potential and enjoy life to the best of their ability

Angelique B.

Donor

Rating: 5

Deb and her team do amazing work for the youth with disability community in Kansas City! Proud to support this organization’s efforts.

Amy Anderson M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Variety KC is a gem in the Kansas City community! An organization that supports families with special needs and helps kids of all abilities be included in activities at home, school, and in the community. From mobility equipment to communication devices to supporting kids in activities around town to helping families raise and nurture their kids to helping other organizations who serve children with special needs...the list goes on and on and on! Thank you Variety KC for all you do!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Deb is amazing!! I have volunteered with this charity many times and it's also so positive and fun!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great Charity helping local kids in need! Variety KC is a charity you can believe in.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Variety KC -Helping every Kid-be Active, Be Social and Belong!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Laurie38

Board Member

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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

Sheila63

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Bob_97

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

VarietyKC is a fantastic organization. I'm so lucky I was able to volunteer for the Drumm Farm Hoedown Charity Event that helped support the special needs children in Kansas City. I strongly recommend Variety as a wonderful non-profit organization.

Benjamin14

Donor

Rating: 5

My experience with Variety has been great. I've attended two of their hoedown events in the past couple years and have been blown away with their love for their kids. Everyone has gone the extra mile with putting on great fundraising events and putting the money to good use.

Donor

Rating: 5

Variety Kansas City is a great charity because of the passion of its director, Deb. She loves the kids and will do anything to get them to equipment they need. She can't say no. She is so fantastic at her work that everyone (donors and recipients) has a meaningful experience when interacting with Variety.