Variety Blog

Catie Cares: Give A Gift

The older you get, the more it seems the less you need or want during the holidays or birthdays. Instead of saying, “I don’t know what I want”, tell your friends and family you’d like donations to your favorite charity. Variety of Greater Kansas City makes it easy to donate online, and each contribution goes towards a child in need. By donating to Variety, children are given the gift of mobility.


Catie Cares: Treat Stand

During the warmer months, there’s nothing better than a hotdog and some ice cream for dessert. Why not combine the two into a treat stand? No, we’re not talking about a hotdog sundae. Your group could host a hotdog cook out and also serve sundaes.


Catie Cares: Host a Walk or Run

Since Variety of Greater Kansas City is all about granting the gift of mobility for area children, hosting a walk or run to raise money is a great way to spread the mission behind the Catie Cares program. While it might seem like a tall task to pull off, you can do it by following a few of our helpful tips.


Introducing Catie Cares

Catie is an active Variety child and ambassador whose shining personality and attitude drives her to make a difference in other’s lives. After receiving her adaptive bicycle from Variety of Greater Kansas City, Catie quickly found that mobility was the gift she had been waiting for. Her new bike allowed her to gain muscle strength and coordination that allowed her to play with her family and socialize with neighborhood children.


Volunteer Spotlight

On December 3rd, Variety The Children’s Charity of Kansas City was proud to be apart of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Variety visited Harmony Elementary School in Overland Park, Kansas to present an adaptive bicycle to Harry Pettes. Harry was born with Cerebral Palsy Spastic Diplegia and never had the opportunity to ride a bike. So, his school rallied around him and adopted the Catie Cares program to raise funds. As a result of selling pizza, candy and water, the amazing kids at Harmony Elementary raised over $900 all going towards Harry’s first bike.
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The Catie Cares program was envisioned by Variety child, Catie Flourney. After receiving her adaptive bicycle, Catie was inspired to give back to other kids with mobility needs. She encourages all kids to get involved with their families, friends, and classmates to help others. If you are interested in the Catie Cares program, make sure to check it out and get involved!

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