Second Responder Program

Every year, devastating hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, and tornadoes destroy schools nationwide. These events tear through communities leaving shock and despair for those in the path of destruction. For children, it means starting over and, in some cases, replacing all of their personal belongings. These small items, like a backpack or a notebook, can take on huge significance to a child.

What We Do

The Kids In Need Foundation’s Second Responder® program is dedicated to providing school supplies to students affected by natural disasters. We work with local authorities, schools, and select sponsors to help them return to normal routines. During the last 4 years, we have:

  • Provided more than 10,000 backpacks filled with new school supplies directly to affected students
  • Worked with several Fortune 500 companies to expand efforts to bring school supplies to affected schools and students
  • Assisted 8 devastated schools in 2015, serving nearly 3,300 students

Unlike those providing the critical necessities of food, shelter, and medical aid after a disaster, second responders operate during the recovery period following the devastation. We try to bring a little hope and a reminder that things will get better with time when we work together.

How You Can Help

You can easily make a donation that will supply a student, several students, or even a classroom full of students!

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When families struggle to make rent and buy groceries each month, school supplies just can't be a priority. In 2015, we directly supported 4.8 million kids with new supplies.

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