SWL 2018 – Everyone Can Participate and Help Kids In Need

October 8th, 2018 | Upcoming Events

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

As we try our best to face obstacles and challenges with love as fathers, sons, mothers, daughters, sisters, brothers, friends and as neighbors -we now hope to share our love with children in our community who are in need during this coming holiday season.

Please help us provide children in need with a special “Stuffed With Love” animal to give comfort in times of need.

***Is your child on a SPORTS TEAM, or involved in an EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY GROUP that is looking for a great bonding activity? Email hallie@kidzgiveback.org and we can help organize a “Stuffed With Love” event!

                                                              WAYS TO PARTICIPATE
CLICK BELOW– $25 donation to pick up “Stuffed With Love” kits from our home (23 Silver Brook Road, Westport ) for your child/children and their friends to create. The kit will include: animal skin, stuffing, wish star, clothing, accessories, gift card, adoption certificate, a SWL bracelet for your child to wear for participating, and a non-woven gift bag. The gift will take less than 30 minutes to create and will provide unlimited love to a child in need.
CLICK BELOW– $25 donation to provide the opportunity for a child in need to create their very own stuffed animal to love and hug unconditionally.
FORWARD this email to all of your friends so that their kids and their friends can participate.
We will provide these gifts to children at:
• Saint Christopher Ottile – in Sea Cliff
• Children’s hospital at Yale
• St. Barnabas in the Bronx
• Stonybrook Hospital – Children’s Oncology
• Saint Vincent Hospital

With love,
Hallie, Scott, Layla, and Maya Wofsy

CLICK HERE TO PARTICIPATE

Please contact Hallie Wofsy at hallie@kidzgiveback.org or 203-451-6295 with any questions.

Layla and Maya inspire Atlanta students in 2018 to give back to their community

September 11th, 2018 | Blog

Layla Tells The Story Behind Two Sisters Forming A Nonprofit That Empowers All Kids

September 6th, 2018 | Blog

 

As a child, my mom would take my sister, Maya, and me to Build-A-Bear Workshop for our birthdays. But instead of purchasing a gift for ourselves, we would create a stuffed animal to give to a child in need with the organization Kids in Crisis. For my eighth birthday, I asked my parents if we could bring all of my friends to participate in the event rather than having a traditional birthday party. Since my birthday is around Thanksgiving, it was the perfect time to give back on this larger scale. We invited about 30 of my friends and family to participate in the inaugural event, which we now host almost every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving. At our most recent event, we had 400 kids create stuffed animal gifts for those in need.
Over the years, we realized how great it felt to give back and how important it is to feel empowered to contribute to our community. But we know that many people do not have this opportunity. So, in 2010, our family made a New Year’s resolution to form a non-profit organization, Kidz Give Back, to host our Stuffed With Love events and help kids across the country feel the joy of giving back. Through the generosity of a grant, we have been able to take our events to inner-city schools in Atlanta, Harlem, Bridgeport, and Detroit, and hope to continue expanding into new communities. We provide all materials necessary for kids to create stuffed gifts, at no cost to the schools or students, and allow participants to choose the charities that will receive their creations.
In 2016, Kidz Give Back visited five schools in Harlem, New York, reaching a total of 500 students. One child, Jamal, was a passive participant, showing little emotion or expression for the first half of the event. I decided to keep an eye on him, hoping that his mood would change. Soon, the students had completed stuffing their gifts and dressing the animals with the t-shirts, jeans, and sunglasses provided in the toy-building kits. We collected all of the gifts that were now ready for distribution, and it was time for the teachers to bring their students back to class. At this point, I looked back to where Jamal had been sitting and noticed that, as his class was getting up, he remained seated. Jamal wanted to help us clean up and asked if there was any other way that he could help. He wanted to do more; he wanted to continue to be the active participant he had transformed into during that last half-hour.
At every event, we provide students with a survey to provide feedback on their experience. When I returned home from Harlem, Jamal’s survey quickly came to my attention. When asked, “Did you enjoy the event?” Jamal responded, “This was the BEST day of my life! I have never given to charity before and I am so happy and feel so good about helping someone else! Please come back so I can help more kids feel happy.” Another student said, “I want to do it again soon!” Just like Jamal, one opportunity to help another child was not enough for most of the students. Once the students had experienced the feeling of helping others, they felt inspired to help more and make an even greater difference in their community.
I have had the privilege of seeing the life-changing effects of our Stuffed With Love events. Being empowered to give back is an invaluable experience for children, and we aim to provide this opportunity to as many as possible. We hope you will join our Stuffed With Love Family to help us reach our goal of hosting at least one school event in each of the 50 states. For information on how to support our events, please visit the “How to Participate” section of our main menu.

Kidz Give Back “Stuffed With Love” traveled to Shultze Academy in Detroit, Michigan

September 4th, 2018 | Past Events, Press

2018: Kidz Give Back Headed to Barack and Michelle Obama Academy in Atlanta, Georgia for students to give back to their community

September 4th, 2018 | Past Events

“KGB”founders Layla and Maya inspiring Atlanta students to give back to their community

Meet Layla and Maya

May 23rd, 2018 | Blog

 

Providing Love to Victims of Hurricane Harvey

September 13th, 2017 | Past Events

 Thousands of children needed
our help in Southeast Texas and you provided  them with LOVE

400 Stuffed with Love Animals
went to the children of Texas !
A Mission of Love from
Kidz Give Back !!!

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Hurricane Harvey had brought so much havoc and misery to children and families in Southeast Texas.  So many children lost nearly everything that they cherished. We are so thankful that you have created almost 400 gifts that were sent down to these children in need. These children and their families needed HOPE to help them thru the difficult road that was ahead of them and you all provided them with hope.We have been providing these animals stuffed with love to thousands of children and we thank you for sending your LOVE to the children of Southeast Texas.

 

 

 

Inner City Children Give Back and Make a Difference in Their Communities: Bridgeport, CT 2015 and Harlem, NY 2016

July 20th, 2016 | Past Events

 

 

 

Westport Teens Inspire Kids To Give Back Through ‘Stuffed With Love’ Events

May 19th, 2016 | Press

WESTPORT, Conn. — Sometimes, the biggest rewards come from the smallest packages.

Layla and Maya Wofsy, 15 and 13- years-old respectively and founders (along with their parents, Hallie and Scott) of the Kidz Give Back Foundation, recently visited four Harlem public schools to give fourth and fifth grade students an opportunity to give back to the community by making stuffed animals that will be donated to other children in need.

The mission behind the 501 (c) (3) Westport-based organization, in operation since 2007, is to empower children to create gifts for families in need.

Most recently, there’s been a special focus on providing kids in inner cities who normally are only recipients of charity, to gain that same feeling of empowerment as those who are financially able to give charitably.

Last year the organization and its “Stuffed With Love” events reached 400 inner city kids along with more than 550 kids through private functions.

The need to help others all started when the Wofsy girls were small. At two, Layla was making stuffed animals for her birthday and donating them to children in need. By the time Layla was seven, she decided to forego a typical birthday party and instead asked to host a stuffed animal-making party for charity and invite the kids from the neighborhood to join in. The seeds for this giving tradition was born, turning Kidz Give Back into a family affair.

“We’ve had such incredible responses from the kids who participate in our events,” said Hallie. “Kids always tell us how much fun they had and some have even said it was the best day of their life.”

While some youngsters have only experienced what it is like to receive a gift, Kidz Give Back inspires children to make a stuffed animal for another needy child in the community, allowing them to feel the satisfaction of giving to someone else who is facing a difficult time in their life. Participants receive a “Stuffed With Love” silicone bracelet to remind them of the time they gave to help another child.

 

Harlem Students ‘Stuff With Love’ at Charity Event

May 5th, 2016 | Press

HARLEM — Dozens of Harlem fourth and fifth graders learned a lesson outside of the classroom Thursday.

The Kidz Give Back Foundation hosted a “Stuff With Love” event at P.S. 242 to build and dress stuffed animals — including bears, monkeys, lions and elephants — and write notes which will be donated to the Children’s Aid Society, a nonprofit that helps disadvantaged youth.

“It’s really important that students understand that there are kids that are less fortunate than them,” said P.S. 242 Principal Marcia Hendricks.

“The kids are excited and the aim is to teach our kids to be international citizens.”

Students from P.S. 241 also joined the event, at which nearly 100 stuffed animals were made.

“It feels good because I’m helping kids who don’t have toys and this is my first time doing charity,” said Rokhaya Diakhate, a fourth grader at P.S. 242.

The foundation, a Connecticut-based nonprofit, was founded in 2010 by two teens — Layla Wofsy, 15, and Maya Wofsy, 13 — after Layla held a Build-a-Bear party when she was 7 years old. That morphed into a charity organization when Layla asked her mom to give the bears to less fortunate kids.

“In the past few years it has grown immensely,” Layla said at the event. “It feels so good.”

The organization travels to different towns, cities and schools throughout the Tri-State area hosting events.

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