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First Annual Fundraiser to Benefit

Homeless and Abused Children

View a PDF summary of the event by clicking here.

Who does the event benefit?

For the history of kids helping Kids click here.

Kids Helping Kids is a fundraiser focused on raising lifelong donors.  

(Funds and community awareness are helpful byproducts.) 

The premise is that by focusing on the cause of the charities and giving children control over what they donate and where it will be used, the children will have a more personal connection with the cause of helping homeless and abused kids.

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The event is Saturday April 18, 2015 from 10 am to 4 pm 

at Penny Lane Kids and Prints Plus in the marketplace at the corner of 17th and State.  (1778 W. State St. Boise)

Fun activities teach kids about the solutions to the problem, without dwelling on the problem.  The games and displays teach what kids can do to help.  Kids will see how rewarding it is to make a difference in the community.  

Children can:

  • Get a photo session and 6"x9" portrait that that day from Welker Photography and choose where all of the $59 will go.   
  • Buy toys at Penny Lane Kids to donate.  And 20% of all proceeds that day will be donated.
  • Buy frames or mats at Prints Plus and a portion of the proceeds gets donated.
  • Buy candy at Ye Olde Sweet shoppe's Eagle or Downtown locations and request it be donated.
  • And of course donate cash or checks.  Kids choose specific end uses for the funds to really help the cause sink in. John RasmpottJohn Rasmpott

The first 50 donating children get goody bags filled by our sponsors.  You can also donate at our sponsor locations or by phone until the end of April.

City Light Home for Women and Children and Path Idaho are the beneficiaries. 

City Light changes lives by providing services to women & their children to help them move from homelessness to independence through counseling, job placement, recovery programs, transitional housing, and mental health services. 


PATH Idaho provides treatment foster care with specially trained foster parents for kids and youth who have psychiatric conditions and severe emotional or behavioral problems, often from abuse.  These kids have special emotional and behavioral needs that demand extra time and skill from foster parents.

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How can you help?

  • come to the event
  • bring a friend
  • donate
  • tell your friends
  • give us a shout out on facebook and other media
  • volunteer
  • donate to help offset the cost of the event

Thank you!!


The story of 'Kids Helping Kids'

On the day after Christmas, Marit Welker, event chair, was driving home from a photo session with a wonderful family. She drove past a man living beneath the 15th St. underpass by Rhodes Skate Park. His 3 year old daughter was next to him while his wife and two year old daughter were huddled on a mattress trying to keep warm. She felt like she'd been kicked in the stomach. What a contrast to her life!  The parents said they got kicked out on Christmas day and the shelters were full. Whatever brought them here couldn't be fixed with the hot food and toys she bought that day.  The thoughts ate at her for weeks and she really wanted to do more.  A lot more!
Homelessness had long been a pet cause but she didn't see any lasting way she could give - more than the hand warmers or ice water she was already giving out.  Raising money seemed like a good place to start, but it didn't seem like it would make a permanent change.  After a lot of thought and planning, "Kids Helping Kids” was born.  She recruited some like minded businesses to join together and the fundraiser was born!

Awareness is the first step!

A few month after the plans for this event was underway, a video was released.  It seemed the perfect way to share the importance of this cause.  Welker photography's mission is to change the mindset of people so they are more inclined to notice and help, even if it is just a hat, a scarf, a listening ear or a cup of cocoa and a smile.  

Join us to make a better life for homeless & abused children.  Bring a friend.  Together, we can make a lasting difference!

For the most current information, see us on facebook.


To donate or volunteer 


Marit Welker - event chair at

  • (208) 871-2878 or
  • email:
Please support our generous sponsors by learning more about them.  Click on the links below and browse their websites.  Thank you!

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Let's give kids something to smile about!