WAVES 4 K.I.D.S. Receives Donation from
St. James Pickleball and St. James Tennis Associations
Noel Nadol- Vice President, Dawn Piper - Board Member, John Waters - President, Diana Kelly - Board Member and manager of the St. James Pickleball and Tennis Associations' fundraiser, Jeff Maidment - Secretary.
The St. James Pickleball and St. James Tennis Associations have donated $1,016 to WAVES 4 K.I.D.S. They raised the money by soliciting for and collecting sneakers of any type and condition. Their efforts resulted in collecting over 1,600 pairs. The collected sneakers were then sent to a company called GotSneakers. They in turn donate the usable ones to needy people and the others are ground up and the material recycled so no sneakers go into a landfill.
Working closely with The Department of Social Services (DSS) in Brunswick County, WAVES 4 K.I.D.S. provides financial support for needed goods and services not available through public funds for children and teens in foster care. WAVES 4 K.I.D.S. also helps prevent children from being placed in foster homes by supporting families under the care of the In-Home Services division of DSS.
“Foster children struggle in many ways that most of us cannot imagine. The St. James Pickleball Association and the St. James Tennis Association joined together to prove that they understand the struggles of the foster child world. Through their hard work and generous donation to WAVES 4 K.I.D.S. children in Brunswick County living in very difficult situations under the care of the Department of Social Services will experience a better life. The board of directors and the families we serve are grateful for your generosity,” said John Waters, President, WAVES 4 K.I.D.S.
On a monthly basis, DSS typically receives 150 - 180 reports of suspected child abuse and has around 160 children in Foster Care. Another 45 to 55 families receive In- Home Services.
Oak Island Elks Lodge 2759 Donates $1500 to WAVES 4 K.I.D.S.
Children and teens in foster care will receive a $25 VISA gift card this December thanks to the generous donation of the Oak Island Elks Lodge 2759.
The Oak Island Elks Lodge has partnered with WAVES 4 K.I.D.S. using a North Carolina Charitable Trust Endowment grant to provide 60 gift cards.
WAVES 4 K.I.D.S. (Kids In Difficult Situations) helps children and teens under the care of the Brunswick County Department of Social Services by providing resources and services not available through public funds.
They fund programs such as summer camps, sports participation, backpacks and supplies to start the school year, supplies for emergency placements through Kids Kloset and home safety needs so children do not have to go into foster care.
Elks member Glenda Dennis gives the box of gift cards to Jan Britt (WAVES).
From left: Chuck Sherman, Cheryl Sherman (Elks), Dave Tien (WAVES), Jan Britt (WAVES), Glenda Dennis, Linden Hill, Carol Ciullo (Elks), John Waters (WAVES),
Bob Ciullo, Terry O'Toole (Elks)
St James Service Club Donates $17,000 to WAVES 4 K.I.D.S.
$5,000 Grant Supports Children and Teens
The St. James Service Club has donated $5,000 for WAVES programs supporting children and teens under the supervision of the Brunswick County Department of Social Services. These include summer camps, sports participation, school backpacks, supplies for emergency placements through Kids Kloset and home safety needs.
$12,000 Scholarship Grand For Junior and Senior Years
Thanks to their generous $12,000 grant, Thomas Bost, UNC Charlotte, and Rachel Kemp, Queens University of Charlotte, will receive $3000 for both their junior and senior years. As part of the WAVES Scholarship program for Brunswick County students, the St. James Service Club also provided $3,000 a year for their freshman and sophomore years.
Queens University of Charlotte
2023 Backpacks 4 K.I.D.S.
WAVES 4 K.I.D.S. Provides New Backpacks and School Supplies
Over 200 Brunswick County children and teens being served through the Department of Social Services will receive new Land’s End Backpacks and school supplies from WAVES 4 K.I.D.S.
Focus Broadband provided $2500 and Brunswick Electric contributed $2000 with the remaining money donated by individuals and WAVES Summertime Fun event.
“We know how important it is for kids to feel good at school and not be embarrassed by their backpacks or lack of school supplies,” explains Noel Nadol, WAVES vice president and chair of the backpack program.
“Our backpacks vary in color and style depending on the different age groups. They are filled with supplies to start the school year based on grade level needs”, he continued.
Thanks to the generosity of donors, WAVES provides a range of supplies from crayons for younger children to calculators for high school students.
Visit waves4kids.org for more information about how they support children under the care of the Brunswick County Department of Social Services and other K.I.D.S. In Difficult Situations in Brunswick County.
Go to Donors to see the list of our great Donors, Grantors and Sponsors.
2023 Summertime Fun Fundraiser Raised Over $21,000
The success of 2023 Summertime Fun Fundraising Event helps us continue our partnership with the Brunswick County Department of Social Services, supporting foster children and children living in difficult situations.
In addition to raising funds to help K.I.D.S., a great time was had by everyone who attended, from listening and dancing to Band of Oz, to enjoying the great food, to participating in exciting and fun auctions!
We could not do this without the generous contributions from sponsors, donors and guests.