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More Dollars Distributed Earlier than Years Past   

(Branson, Mo 9/22/2020)   More money, delivered sooner, are actions underway by the Silver Dollar City Foundation Care For Kids program, as the number of families and young people in need continues to grow in the Ozark Mountain counties of Stone and Taney.  The Foundation is collaborating with Woodland Hills Family Church, Branson to increase the funding distributed to each of the 14 school district in the two counties. 

            Additionally the dollars are in the process of delivery several months ahead of schedule.  The annual funding varies by district size, totaling more than $150,000 each year, with approximately $2 million donated since the Care For Kids program began 14 years ago. In recent years, the members of Woodland Hills Family Church have graciously donated funds to help build an even stronger Care For Kids program. 

                        Right now, for many among us, the world can seem complicated and messed up. There are more families needing encouragement, supplies and various assistance than ever. We believe God’s love, demonstrated by small acts of kindness, can be powerful and encouraging rays of hope.”  John Baltes, President, Silver Dollar City Foundation

            Care For Kids channels the dollars through those who are most familiar with real, one-on-one needs: school superintendents, counselors and teachers.  More than 5,600   students received assistance this past year alone. Needs included coats, shoes, clothing, school supplies, meal programs, vision, dental, prescription or other medical needs.  Additionally, nearly 800 students received funds that allowed for participation in school sports, music, attend field trips, or receive necessary supplies for activities or graduation.  Dollars are also used to assist families with necessities such as rent or utilities.  

            “Thanks to observant and compassionate school staff who notice such struggles, students and families in our communities are given a hand-up, allowing them to better focus on learning.  That helps strengthen our children, families, schools and communities.

A win all around,” said Baltes.

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Silver Dollar City Foundation’s Care For Kids Assists Over 5,000 Students in 2018-2019

Branson, MO

August 22, 2019

In the 2018-2019 school year, Care For Kids assisted over 5,000 students in Stone and Taney Counties by giving time, attention, care and resources. The Silver Dollar City Foundation provided funding for:

  • Nearly 1,600 children with clothes, coats and shoes
  • Over 800 children with essential school supplies
  • 900 children with food at school or home
  • Nearly 600 children and their families with rent, utilities, fuel or auto repair
  • Over 800 children with mentor programs and life skills
  • Approximately 300 children with miscellaneous needs

To date, the Care For Kids program has assisted over 45,000 kids in Stone and Taney Counties. The donation amounts to nearly $1.65 million over the past 13 years.