Kidz2Kidz is the fundraiser arm of Voices Of Youth, a youth movement that is about Uniting our Youth, Being One, and Making a Difference!
The vision of VOY is ”We are one voice, one power, one heart, creating our future together”.
Kidz2kidz began with a group of 6 children, from 3 different families, that came together to make a difference in their communities, local and surrounding. It started with baby steps. Sandra Finkelstein, CEO and founder of 2bempowered.com and mother of two of the children, knows how important it is to lead by example. In January of 2010 she asked her older son to come up with an idea of giving back. Together they came up with their first drive idea, which was to collect gently used sports and leisure equipment for children and families who are less fortunate. Sandra shared the idea with two other families who jumped on board with a desire to guide and teach their children about giving back to communities.
Since that first drive in May 2010, Kidz2Kidz has forged relationships with youth-related organizations such as Toronto Police Division 23 Rexdale area, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel and York, YMCA of Thornhill, Lake Scugog Camp, Camp Solelim, Variety Village and Native Family and Child Services of Toronto (NFCST) who have been the recipients of 1000s of sports and leisure equipment; this equipment was then distributed to the children and families allowing them to enjoy both summer and winter activities that they may not otherwise.
In May 2011, Kidz2kidz teamed up with First Service Brokers Ltd. of Concord, Ontario, who expressed a great desire to give back to the community. This relationship opened the door to many of the Insurance Company partners who gladly agreed to participate in the drive to collect items. Building on this success, FSB & 2bempowered Inc. did their second drive May/June of 2013.
In 2015, 2bempowered Inc. aligned with the Toronto French School (Junior), who wanted to give back in a meaningful way… they decided to collect gently used sports and leisure equipment for kids and families need. A two-week collection brought in such items as skateboards, hockey equipment, rollerblades, soccer gear, basketballs, soccer balls and more.
We have also had great support from companies who want to be part of this initiative: Randy Molson, Molson Packaging & Distribution Inc. (provided the packing boxes), PODS moving & Storage (donated a POD), and Barry Nudelman, allstarsigns.ca (donated banner).
The success of each drive comes down to a community effort. We thank all the different groups involved and supporting this initiative.