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Save the Kid Fund Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: The Save the Kid Fund is dedicated to bettering the lives of children. To do this STK will be the enabler for children: to receive goods or services from organizations or individuals that will improve their quality of life or their growth potential; to have educational experiences not within their financial reach made possible; to assist their contemporaries and/or become contributing members of society.

Programs: Assist children by contributing to organizations or individuals who improve the quality of life or the growth potential of children.

Community Stories

82 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I learned of this non-profit through their passion for helping children smile. My nephew, Raymond, received a bike last week - and he has not stopped smiling. I had never heard of this non-profit until that time. My niece explained to me the expense of the bikes and that they would have never been able to afford one. "Grampy's" made that happen and making it even better - that is the name all of the grandchildren in our family called my Dad. I want to sincerely thank all involved for my nephew's happiness brought about by their passion and generosity. Words will not adequately express our gratitude!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Bryon received his second special needs bike on Saturday from Save The Kid Fund Inc., and he was so excited to be able to ride again!
He received his first bike from this organization at age 3, after diagnosis with a brain tumor and a series of devastating surgeries rendered him partially paralyzed and unable to walk or talk. This bike served him well - providing an opportunity to exercise in the fresh air and just be a kid - for many years, until finally he outgrew it. Save The Kid Fund recognized immediately the valuable impact this equipment had on the quality of Bryon's life, and came forward once again to provide him with a larger bike, better suited to Bryon's deteriorating core strength and flexibility. They also were able to find a new home for his beloved first bike, where another little kid will doubtless find much pleasure in it.
This group offers families like ours the opportunity to offer our children special recreational equipment that insurance does not consider necessary, and which is often prohibitively priced beyond the practical means of a family struggling with healthcare and hospital transportation costs. They enrich the lives of children with their kind generosity and foresight and we are so grateful for their hard work and dedication.
Thank you, Bryon's Mom

Review from Guidestar

2 Christine152

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter Bella received a PINK! Tri-Vel T350 with the help of Save The Kid and GoFundMe! Frank, his amazing team, and most of the donors came together on September 6th to present her with this wonderful gift that she has been riding almost everyday since. The freedom she enjoys and the smile on her face makes me thankful for this team, all the donors and Bike-on!

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My 15yr old daughter Kailee received her 3rd bike from Save the Kid Fund this past month. She outgrew her bikes over the years and this amazing program provided her with a brand new bike each time. I can't rave enough about what joy this program has brought my daughter. The freedom for her to ride independently when she struggles on day to day activities from her cerebral palsy is truly a blessing. Her smile when she's riding says it all.

Thank you so much Save the Kid Fund!!!

Review from Guidestar

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

SavetheKid recently donated a low-rider to my 9 year old nephew Luke who has autism. Luke has had difficulties with balance and riding a bike. The low-rider was the perfect fit for him to enjoy a bike ride without stress. It was so amazing to see him ride! I was introduced to SavetheKid in our company's cafeteria during a United Way campaign. The members of SavetheKid were friendly and very open to hearing the story of my nephew. Initially I was inquiring about whether or not SavetheKid would modify his bike with adult sized training wheels, but they took a step further...a HUGE step further. Luke received his bike in April 2015, which is also Autism Awareness Month. We are so very grateful to SavetheKid and Frank Matovic for selecting Luke and giving him the freedom to ride a bike!!

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son received a wonderful AmTryke bike provided by Save the Kid Fund, Inc. Frank is the kind of man that thoroughly loves his job - this is his calling. When my son's bike arrived, he personally delivered it with his lovely wife to my home. We talked for a while and he was able to meet my son and take pictures of him riding his new bike. Frank took the time to explain all of the aspects of the bike to me and how to make any adjustments. A helmet was also provided. My son is not able to ride a traditional bike. The AmTryke bike that was provided to him through Save the Kid Fund will allow him to enjoy riding without worry. My husband and I are looking forward to enjoying the spring and summer outside with our son while he enjoys a great bike ride. I hope that Save the Kid Fund will be around forever doing such good deeds for others.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter Lauren has Down's syndrome and is a below knee amputee. She lost her leg at 13 months old. She can walk with a prosthesis but has gait issues. I was hoping to get her a bike to help with bending the knee and her walking. I heard about the bikes and than Frank and his crew heard about Lauren. I can not thank them enough. She was so excited when she saw the bike and even more so that she could ride it. She could not peddle a typical 2 wheel with trainers. She is going to ride with the special Olympics thanks to "Save the kid". Save the Kid is a great organization filling a need that physically, emotionally and socially is important for those kids. Thank you so much.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have a daughter, Trisha Paradis, who is both physically and mentally challenged. Our experience with Save the Kid and Frank Matovic in particular was wonderful.

Trisha has been participating in Special Olympics for the past 4 years. During cycling we had to borrow a trike from another participant as we could not afford to purchase a tricycle for Trisha. The one she borrowed was difficult for her to maneuver and too big for her. Although the owner of the borrowed trike was kind enough to offer to let us take it home, we could not. It did not come apart so did not fit in either of our cars.

Last year Trisha was invited to participate in the AmTrak bike day that took place in July. Attending the bike day event was very beneficial to Trisha. She was put on an AmBucs wish list and we were trying to raise the funds when we received a call letting us know that Save the Kid wanted to purchase a trike for her. When I called Frank, he set up a time within a couple of weeks to deliver the trike. Not only did he deliver it, he assembled it and spent time showing us how to adjust it for Trisha's size and how to take it apart for transporting it. Frank was also kind enough to show Trisha how to operate the trike. Frank is a very kind hearted man and made it possible for Trisha to experience riding outside of Special Olympics and school. Words can not express our gratitude for this wonderful gift.

Warmest Regards,

Dave and Karen Paradis

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

My grandson Kyle has faced many challenges in his life, many more than most of us will ever encounter. He has a developmental delay that prevents him from participating in most sporting activities typical peers enjoy. A few years ago he became involved with Oxford Special Olympics and joined their cycling team.

Kyle has very poor balance and upper body strength and this has prohibited him from riding a scooter or two wheel bike and skating for fear of him being injured in a fall. He also has a bleeding disorder so a fall or internal injury of any kind can be very significant.

He rode a tricycle in competition. Although he loved to race he was worried about driving too fast on bumpy or uneven pavement or taking corners because his trike would tend to tip to one side. Last year in competition he took a nasty fall rounding a curve near the end of his race. According to the rules, he could not be assisted unless he was badly injured so we watched him sitting on the track trying to compose himself and finish the race. After what seemed a long time, he stood up and limped to his trike. He mounted the seat and finished the race slowly because his handlebars had been twisted in the fall.

Kyle surely represented the Olympic Oath, "Let me win, but if I cannot win let me be brave in the attempt" He had bruises on his knee, elbow and hip but luckily there was not much bleeding. As he limped off of the track he said to me "Grammy can we fix my bike so I can race again!" Fortunately his races were over but he was so disappointed that he did not finish the race in time to win a medal.

Last summer the Parent Association at ACES Village School held an AM Tryke bike fair. Frank Matovic and his partner in Save the Kid visited the fair and committed to find funding to purchases bikes for some of the children.

One of he bikes on display was a recumbent recreation cycle. The low to the ground frame and joystick steering was exactly what Kyle needed to provide stability and support his upper body and arms when steering. When he tested the bike he said " Grammy, I'm not afraid I'm gonna fall of this bike!"

Kyle was placed on the AM Tryke wish list and we were so grateful to hear that Frank's organization had taken Kyle off of the wish list. Words cannot describe the joy and happiness Kyle displayed when Frank pulled up in front of the house with his new bike!

Cycling practice begins in just a few weeks and Kyle is so anxious to begin using his new bike this year. He has been enjoying learning to feel comfortable on his bike and practicing steering and slowing down in anticipation of his competition in June.

Thanks to the generosity of Save the Kid, 15 children who participated in the bike fair have received bikes or tricycles. We are so grateful for Frank's support. His love for the children and for the work that he does is so obvious! I told him he was like Santa Claus to all of us who were lucky enough to be blessed with being a recipient.

I hope I have been able to express what an impact Save the Kid has had on my grandson and our family.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization truly is a blessing to so many parents in need including myself. My 11 year old son who is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy was one of the many children granted a bike from this organization. They didn't only give him a bike. They gave him the opportunity for growth socially and physically! Any parent of a child with CP can tell you constant movement is so very important.
It was hand delivered by Frank, a board member of Save the Kids. He is kind, sincere and truly enjoys seeing these children smile.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello, my name is Ann Deloughery,mom of Tyler Deloughery. Tyler received his ambucs bike the end of September 2014. When I received the call from Trudy from Aces Village PTO to inform me that Tyler will be gettiing is bike paid for by Save the kid Fund inc i was so happy!!!Also felt very grateful that there are
wonderful and kind people out there to help us let our son have a kinda normal life by be able to ride
this bike! I also spoke and met Frank Matovich,,who delivered Tyler's bike right to our home. He is a great person, and has a BIG heart!

I thiink it is great that this organization is there for children with disabilities,,and able to give them great
chances at life to enjoy riding their bike , and feeling free!!!!

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My 10 year old son who has low muscle tone received the bike last fall 2014 through Save The Kids fund. I am so deeply touched by the generosity of SaveThe Kid FUnd who not only donated the bike but also came all the way to our home to deliver it and assembled it for us. Frank was very generous and showed us all the features of the bike and very pateint. Frank wanted a picture of him with the bike but Unfortunately my son was in no mood to ride the bike that day but more interested in his truck :)
I really appreciate all the kindness that this organization has shown.

Review from Guidestar

Justin39

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had been looking to acquire an AmTryke bike for our daughter for our daughter for several years. She has significant disabilities and the movement and exercise of the bike are perfect for her. We were put in touch with the Save the Kid Fund through her school and lucky enough to be chosen to receive a bike.

Not only were we given the bike, it was built, configured and delivered in person. The bike has been a huge asset for our daughter (we can't wait for the snow to go away so that she can use it again) and we are extremely grateful to Save the Kid for all the work that they do.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello,

My son Harrison has Cerebral Palsy and a rare genetic disorder that has made him have very low muscle tone. A brand new, cherry red tricycle was donated to him through this amazing group. We can't thank Trudy Lasky and Frank Matovic enough for their tireless work in making this happen.

You guys are incredible!

Sincerely,

Wayne & Jackie Camarro

P. S. Harry loves his new bike!

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Save The Kid Fund began in 1987 to provide assistance to children less fortunate than our own. We have given in excess of $800,000 to children with less than 2% in expences. STK is an all volunteer organization with a service area of Connecticut and Rhode Island. The STK Freedom Program provides special bicycles to children who would otherwise be limited in childhood activities. This program provides life changing experiences for the kids.

Review from Guidestar