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Kid2Kid is a non-for-profit organization started in the Toronto Beaches community by two moms who wanted their children to experience first-hand how their efforts can concretely help others. So, they put their heads together to find a way to make a difference with their kids and Kid2Kid was launched in 2019. 

Their mission is to encourage children to spread kindness through volunteer initiatives that directly impact children in need. In the past four years they have hosted bi-annual backpack initiatives; “Got Your Back” is their summer project which entails ordering back to school supplies (from wholesalers) and having children come out on an assigned date to help pack these backpacks with essential back to school supplies (e.g., notebooks, water bottles, stationery). Their “Winter Tote” project works in the same way, yet it takes place in the winter and the totes include winter essentials (e.g., gloves, socks, hot chocolate, crazy carpets). They donate these bags to the places with kids in need (such as the Red Door Family Shelter in Leslieville).  

 

ABOUT US

Hiya, I'm Shah Ruby.  Mom to Caspian + Boston and Wife to my sweetie Alan. I love creating (mostly jewellery), learning, hanging out in nature and giving back.

Caroline is one of my best friends.  She's one of the kindest and most considerate human beings that I have ever met. She's also an incredibly talented watercolour artist.

 

One day Caroline asked me if I was involved with any charities that her kids could potentially volunteer with.  At that time I had been leading a "clothing drive and pizza party" with a bunch of awesome volunteers.  We called ourselves the "Pizza Pals" and we hosted these events at shelters around Toronto.  This was not a kid friendly environment as sometimes there were illegal activities, fights and disease.  So that's when Caroline and I decided to put our thinking caps on and come up with an opportunity for our kids and other kids to give back through "spreading kindness" ....ahhh i just love the sound of that.

Hi! My name is Caroline, and we have two kids, Emma and Alex. As parents, we want our kids to grow up to be kind and considerate people.

 

Kid2kid is one way that they can take action concretely to help others. The idea to create Kid2kid came about when my kids asked questions about what happens to the money that they fundraise. I realized that although they felt like they were helping, it was difficult for them to understand how.  It’s very abstract for kids. That’s when I talked to Shah about how we could involve the kids in hands-on volunteer work.

 

When I’m not working on Kid2kid, I am working as a
consultant administering personality tests, or creating art for my watercolor card collection.

 

Caroline Thomson and Shah Ruby kid2kid founders red door family shelter.jpg
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