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Variety Children’s Charity

Main: 415.781.3894
Fax: 415.781.4226

582 Market Street, Suite 101
San Francisco, CA 94104
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    Kids on the Go! Mobility Program

    Variety Kids on the Go! aims to help kids gain mobility, confidence, freedom, independence and the chance to join in the life of their community by providing funding for families with the most need.

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    Variety at Work

    This program is designed to assist families in need. We currently have five separate giving areas:

    • Book Pals – Variety provides books, reading aloud programs and literacy education in partnership with Book Pals and local school districts! Learn More
    • Holiday Toy Program – Each year Variety disseminates thousands of toys to local children and partner agencies as part of our efforts to ensure that as many children as possible can share in the holiday spirit.
    • Special Needs Movie Screenings – Screenings of family friendly films for those raising children with special needs. Screenings provide a raised lighting and lowered sound volume experience designed to ease a child’s comfort level. Events are free-of-charge to children and currently take place within our private theater. For upcoming opportunities, please contact [email protected]
    • My First Bike – A program in which children are presented with a bicycle of their very own, along with a safety helmet, lock and chain. Through our relationships with various agencies, we look for deserving children based upon need, school performance and more.
    • School Supplies Drive – Every year Variety provides school supplies to nearly 1,000 children in need.

    Childrens Compassion Fund

    A diagnosis of childhood cancer is devastating for the family. Childhood cancer is treated aggressively, often with a combination of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, at a time of life when bodies are growing and developing. Treatment has a significant long-term impact on a child's endocrine, heart, and cognitive functions. Additionally, parents of children with cancer are often young, with a limited income, and other children. Often, one parent needs to give up a job to take care of the child being treated for cancer.

    The needs are great, and Variety - The Children's Charity of Northern California has established the Children's Compassion Fund, a primary provider of essential funds often required by families of children with cancer. The Fund supplies basic household and family expenses, such as food, electricity, telephone, rent bills, clothing, and toys, as well as helping during emergency situations such as unexpected travel expenses, special tutoring, and, sadly, funeral planning and costs assistance.

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    Samantha Marie Memorial Fund

    Variety – The Children's Charity of Northern California has created the Samantha Marie Memorial Fund to provide you with an outlet of support and understanding when coping with the death of a baby.

    Did you ever feel the need to express your grief and sadness over the loss of a friend's, family's or co-worker's baby? Did the anniversary of their baby's death come and go and you wanted to do something to remember him or her by? Maybe you just want to let someone know that you miss him or her and care deeply for the family grieving this loss. Variety — The Children's Charity of Northern California knows that a baby's death can touch us all.

    Named for our 29th Board President's firstborn: Samantha Marie Vella was born on April 23, 2003 and weighed merely 1 lb 3 oz and 11.5 inches long. "She is probably the smallest person that I have ever known and loved. Her perfect little features are simply miraculous... watching her flex her fingers and toes or just breathe at such a minute scale is humbling and reminds us of the precious frailty of our lives." Roy Vella

    After a 13 week struggle, Samantha passed away. As Roy wrote to his family and friends: "The death of one's child is a horrendous event. Having to contemplate it in advance is even worse. The one comfort is how incredible Samantha's life has been and how perfect she still looks externally. Without ever leaving her little bed, she's released more love, hope and genuine spirituality into the world than we've ever witnessed before. She's taught us valuable lessons and brought us closer to each other, our family, our friends and even complete strangers than some people experience in a lifetime. Samantha's story is not over though... her effect has gone far and wide and will continue to ripple through us all as we appreciate our lives and each other just a bit more."

    The Samantha Marie Memorial Fund is meant to help very premature infants and their families who are in crisis during the first year of their child's life. We deeply appreciate your donation.

    Sunshine Coach

    Variety's Sunshine Coach Program is a global initiative that provides specially equipped passenger vans to transport children with physical limitations to medical facilities, special events and enrichment programs. Sunshine Coaches are distributed through an application process whereby requests from non-profit children's organizations are evaluated in regards to organizations size and scope, vehicle's intended use, etc.

    Ford receives numerous requests daily from worthy, charitable organizations for loaner vehicles. We have long recognized the great need for vehicles within the charitable community. However, Ford simply does not have the resources to fulfill all requests. Thus, they have elected to work through the Variety network. Sunshine Coaches applications are accepted all year.

    Home Improvement Project

    Variety's Home Improvement Project (HIP) will re-modify homes for low-income homeowners and renters who have children with disabilities. Many families that Variety serves are living in structures that are not equipped to accommodate children with disabilities. Many of the homes are either ill-equipped or deteriorating to the point where they are hazardous and could potentially contribute to injuries. HIPs will make an impact by providing necessary repairs for existing homeowners and renters. Our goal is to enable children and their families to live safely, independently and with dignity.

    A delivery system of home modification services to:

    • Increase safety, security and independence
    • Empower and sustain life
    • Promote local partnerships through volunteerism and sponsorship
    • Raise awareness of the growing need for home modifications

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