Second Responder® - Kids in Need Foundation

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 thousands of 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
  • Launched a new program to provide teacher totes to help impacted teachers with supplies

Unlike those providing the critical necessities of food, shelter, and medical aid after a disaster, our Second Responder® program operates 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.

National Sponsor of the Second Responder® Program

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 financially, school supplies just can't be a priority. In 2018, we directly supported more than 6 million students with new supplies.

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    COVID-19 and how you can help

    The needs of the students we serve haven’t disappeared because their schools have closed, in fact, they’ve gotten more severe. Right now, millions of children across the U.S. are lacking the basic tools they need to continue their education at home.

    Join us today, and your contribution will help supply and ship the most crucial distance learning items out to our students. No one should be left behind when it comes to their education.