Cruisin' for Coastal Kids--August 21 & August 28
Each year, it is difficult for our sickest children to attend our events because of their health conditions. So last year, we brought the event TO THEM. In the midst of a global pandemic, unhealthy air from historically bad wildfires and widespread economic uncertainty, Coastal Kids Home Care and a community of supporters came together to put on a Cruisin' for Coastal Kids Home Care parade. Led by police vehicles, our parades of classic cars, fire engines, antiques, and trucks all wearing masks that said, “Cruisin’ for Coastal Kids,” drove by the homes of some of the most vulnerable kids in Salinas and the Bay Area. It was an incredibly special day, and we are so thankful to everyone who made it happen!
Because the event was such a huge hit with both supporters and families, we decided to bring the event back to Santa Clara County and a new location--Santa Cruz! If you are interested in supporting our Monterey County Event, Touch-A-Truck, CLICK HERE.
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Touch-A-Truck--September 12, 2021
Touch-A-Truck is BACK!! Unfortunately, we could not hold our usual Touch-A-Truck event last year due to COVID-19. However, we look forward this year's Touch-A-Truck 2021.
Touch-A-Truck is a fall tradition and the signature fundraiser for Coastal Kids Home Care. The event includes vehicles, food trucks, music and more. Children and adults can clamber into a fire engine, explore a bulldozer and climb behind the wheel a big rig. They can learn about CPR, build a toy vehicle, enjoy carnival games all while enjoying tasty treats. The event has grown from a small grass roots effort to an eagerly anticipated community event attracting over 1,000 kids and kids at heart. Proceeds from Touch-A-Truck benefit Coastal Kids Home Care--our areas only provider of in-home medical, social service and therapy visits to children living with illness and injury in our community.
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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month--September
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and is very near and dear to our hearts. Each September we hold our annual Touch-A-Truck event as a way to raise awareness for this serious illness. This year, we will be holding our reimagined TAT through our Cruisin’ for Coastal Kids parade.
Without Coastal Kids Home Care, children coming home with cancer would come home to little support. Without us, they would have no option for home health care or palliative care services. At Coastal Kids Home care, our palliative care team coordinates with pediatric specialty hospitals to ensure continuity of care from hospital to home. When curative treatment is no longer possible for a child, our palliative care team offers compassionate in-home care for children at the end-of-life, and comprehensive emotional support for their families.
Follow us on social media to learn about Childhood Cancer and Coastal Kids. We will also be sharing several stories of kids and their families who have been impacted by childhood cancer. Make sure to follow us and watch out for that GOLD.
To learn more about ways to support children with childhood cancer...
Due to COVID, Coastal Kids Home Care – which serves children in Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties – saw its demand for pediatric palliative care admissions triple because in the current climate, hospitals were, and continue to be, a scary place for families with medically fragile children. Additionally, we saw the number of children and teens accessing its mental health counseling services increase by 40% during the pandemic.
To meet increasing demand, our team of nurses, social workers and counselors continues to expand – and outgrow - our 900 square foot office. With generous support from Central California Alliance for Health and our community of donors, Coastal Kids Home Care purchased a building for clinical and administrative management and outpatient therapy in Salinas. This new facility will become a cornerstone of care for children for many years to come.
Our challenge now is to raise an additional $233K to fully fund this project and ensure vulnerable children have access to the care they need well into the future. We are also seeking in-kind donations to assist in furnishing this new home for children’s health and mental health care. For more information
The holidays are special time at Coastal Kids Home Care. Each year, we have several organizations and members of the community come together to purchase gifts for our CK families. We have been lucky enough to have established a "Holiday Gift Program" with the help of some awesome people in the community, but we need YOUR help to make it another year to remember.
***This holiday season, families caring for children with illness and disability will have a little less to worry about thanks to Amazon. Through their generosity, Coastal Kids Home Care will be delivering Teddy Bears to our pediatric patients and their siblings and gift cards to their parents to shop for food, toys and other gifts.***
Would you like to get involved?
Please reach out to Outreach Specialist, Cassie, at firstname.lastname@example.org
You Cant Quarantine Kindness--April 2020
In April 2020, local kids tapped into their creativity to develop artwork around the theme "You Can't Quarantine Kindness." Overwhelmed by their talents and compassion, our team of judges chose five designs to sell in the CKHC online store.
Since launching COVID-19 response, friends of Coastal Kids Home Care --like you-- have purchased more than 150 t-shirts and sweatshirts and donated more than $15,000 toward home medical care for children with cancer and other serious-illness during COVID-19.
Artwork for kids, by kids.... what better way to highlight the bright side of these difficult times? THANK YOU to these young artists and the generous Coastal Kids family for honoring the brave kids we provide in-home nursing, therapy and counseling for every day.
If you still have not had a chance to order your favorite design or learn about the campaign, make sure to check it TODAY! CLICK HERE
# YOU CAN'T QUARANTINE KINDNESS
Wear Jeans 4 Rare Genes--February LEAP DAY
Did you know that the last day in February is Rare Disease Day? And in 2020, Rare Disease Day falls on Leap Day (how rare is that?!). Fortunately, childhood disease is rare. But the truth is, rare diseases are a common occurrence at Coastal Kids Home Care. We take care of kids with rare genetic syndromes, rare congenital defects and rare childhood cancers. If you’d like to meet one rare and special kiddo you can meet Claire here. This February YOUR SCHOOL can help kids living with rare disease to have access to critical in-home services like… skilled nursing, physical and occupational therapy, counseling, palliative and end-of-life care through Coastal Kids.
Prior to our Outreach Specialist's position with Coastal Kids Home Care, Cassie was the 3rd grade teacher at Sacred Heart School in Salinas. As a school with uniforms, students looked forward to "Free Dress Days". As a way to raise money for local charities, SHS often has students "pay for free dress" by bringing $5 donations in. For Childhood Cancer Awareness month in September, SHS raised $1,234 on a “free-dress-Friday.” This February, we challenged local schools to do the same for Rare Disease Day by inviting them to wear their favorite denim and participate in our #WEARJEANS4RAREGENES fundraiser. Our two schools who fully embraced the #WEARJEANS4RAREGENES campaign surprised us greatly with their support. Palma High School in Salinas, CA raised $1,244 and St. John Vianney in San Jose, CA raised $2,944 ! We also had the People with Disabilities affinity group from Amazon donate $500 in support of our campaign. That brought us to a grand total of $4,688 for the day!!
If your child's school would like to participate in our #WEARJEANS4RAREGENES in February, please reach out to Outreach Specialist, Cassie Jimenez, at email@example.com for more information!
Rio Resolution Run--Jan. 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Five years ago, The Rio Grill took a chance on Coastal Kids Home Care. For five consecutive years, Coastal Kids Home Care was chosen as the beneficiary of Rio Grill's "Rio Resolution Run". This race featured an absolutely gorgeous course that includes trails, roads and stunning water vistas along the way. Since then, our partnership with the Rio Grill on this storied Resolution Run has raised both valuable funds and invaluable awareness of vital home health services to children living with illness and disability. You have made a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and their families.