My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Tickets for Kids Charities, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
STO-ROX FAMILY CENTER
I am the director of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3 Sto- Rox Family Center. I was delighted to first learn about TFK over 20 years ago when I began working at AIU3 family centers. I was amazed that a service like TFK was helping financially struggling families who were missing out on providing cultural and entertainment experiences for their children because they could not afford tickets.
When I was a young widowed mom raising 3 boys, I would have loved for my own children to have experienced some of the many different events TFK has helped children to attend. Back then, as a single mom I could not afford to take my kids to Disney on Ice, the circus, baseball games, museums and other types of events that entertain children and create happy family memories and even traditions, like yearly summer outings to Kennywood Park or holiday traditions like seeing the Nutcracker ballet at the Benendum center.
So today, for me as a site director who is able to apply to TFK for tickets for the children of families we service, it is an honor and something I especially enjoy. I am so grateful to the founders who established this charity and to the many staff, ticket donators and volunteers who keep the program going and who have worked to extend the service to other cities and states.
The Sto-Rox family center provides family support services to families with young children in McKees Rocks and nearby communities. Most of the families we work with are low income. Tickets for kid friendly events and shows are a luxury that they cannot afford. So being able to receive tickets to events that most of their children never expected to be able attend is of course a gift they are extremely grateful to receive. When I see the smiles on the parents’ faces and hear the laughter of their children when I chaperone them to TFK events I feel privileged to be part of something that brings so much joy to families that need a break.
I really appreciate that the families we serve can choose from such a wide variety of entertainment, cultural and opportunities to learn events. The center has been able to take the families to places like Ligonier caves, Kennywood, Idlewild Park, Children’s museum, Science museum, PNC Park, Peter Pan Ballet, Scrooge musical, Sister Act musical, Steeler football games. Penguins games, a special Disney sensory concert for our autistic children, and so many other events that the families would not have experienced and enjoyed without help from TFK.
The families we serve are low income, and making donations to charities like TFK is something their budgets cannot afford. But if they could, they would open their pockets wide to show their appreciation for the many ways TFK has benefitted their children. Our parent council sold cookie jar mixes one year to raise money to donate to TKF. The council did not raise a lot of money. However, when the parents and children were welcomed by TFK at their office in Blanox the families were treated like they were big time donors. The parents, children and center staff enjoyed visiting the office to meet the staff and see for themselves that there are real caring people who work to ensure that needy kids receive tickets that make their lives a little brighter