What we do all year long with COVID consciousness
By consistently showing up with practical and joyful items, handpicked and hand-packed with a loving note, Rubye’s Kids volunteers show children living in Philadelphia’s homeless shelters that many people care deeply about them and that they deserve the new supplies and fun experiences that so many of us take for granted. Committing to programs throughout the year almost guarantees that any child entering a shelter will experience the unconditional love of being a Rubye’s Kid at least once!
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Duffle Bag Project
Volunteers fill RK branded duffle bags for children entering the shelter system in Philadelphia with a new pillow, affirmation pillowcase, stuffed animal, colors of the world coloring book and crayons, toiletries including; shampoo and conditioner, soap and soap dish, toothbrush, holder and toothpaste, lotion and tissue. Also included is a book about MLK Jr and a “love note” from Rubye’s Kids to let the children know we care.
Rubye’s Kids red bag filled with blanket, bath towel, wash cloth, lovey and one pair of winter pajamas. Included personalized note saying, “We hope that the items in our Kozy Kids Bags help you to stay warm and cozy. Your friends at Rubye’s Kids.”
Drawstring bag that includes an insulated water bottle, baseball hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, toothbrush, toothpaste, an umbrella, bubbles, activity book, and crayons in preparation for summer programs.
Financial sponsorship of camp and local field trips, as well as new equipment and supplies, for children in shelters during the summer to keep them safe, flourishing, and occupied.
Back to School Backpack Project
A sturdy backpack bursting with new, quality school supplies for children living in a homeless shelter, so that they go back to school equipped with everything they need to feel good about themselves and ready to learn.
New, warm, winter coats for all children living in the homeless shelters with which we partner.
Holiday Party in a Bag
Designed to make the holiday special for children living in shelters and others in need. A Red Rubye’s Kids Bag includes a toy, hat, gloves, school supplies, art supplies, toothbrush, toothpaste, candy cane, culturally appropriate book, holiday socks, positive affirmation pillowcases, other fun gifts.
Rubye’s Kids Learning Centers
Rubye’s Kids Learning Centers are stocked with computers, books, furniture, and inspiring decorations. They serve as welcoming oases in shelters and community centers; places for homework, research, reading, tutoring, and quiet family time.
Volunteer (Youth) Initiated Projects
Allowing local youth opportunities to create service projects that benefit children in need is a longstanding Rubye’s Kids tradition. We support Bar & Bat Mitzvah Projects, “Sock It To Me” sock drives, Popcorn Fundraisers, Concerts, Crayola Crayon collections, and more. Rubye’s Kids is open to new and creative ideas for children to get involved in making Rubye moments!