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Keep Kids Alive Drive 25

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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

99 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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

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...

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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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Donor

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

Professional with expertise in this field

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.

MyBlooma

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I got connected with this fine organization, KKAD25, for approx. 9 years and have been impressed with the works and services provided by Tom Everson. This organization is definitely helping to create the needed awareness of the general public on the importance safe driving. Tom Everson personally makes contact with the victims of driving related crash and offers all the support and help to the families. I 'm fortunate to know him and his work with KKAD25.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1998. It is dedicated to traffic safety education directed towards drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, and parents with a primary focus on residential neighborhood traffic safety. As the Executive Director of Citizens Crime Watch of Miami-Dade we have been partnering with them since its inception. Their program is used with our Youth Crime Watch program on many occasions. Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 is an excellent community program.

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Tom_KKAD25 09/12/2013

Thank you Carmen for your endorsement of our mission as well as for all the opportunities you have afforded KKAD25 throughout the years to educate those you serve.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 is an inspiring organization taking on an enormous task. The compassion shown to families who have lost children in traffic accidents brings great comfort. The determination to learn about each and every story and share it with every opportunity shows those families that their child *still* matters and is not forgotten. We commend this organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 is a wonderful non profit that has done amazing work over the past 10 years to make the streets safer for kids, teens and adults. It has been my pleasure to partner with them on a few events during the past 2 years that my foundation has been in existence. I will continue to support KKAD25 and their efforts to make the streets safer for all!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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