While 2020 will go down as the year of a new normal during a global pandemic, we will remember 2020 as the year of giving, above and beyond. This is how your generosity impacted Korean children.
[#1] Elementary children built their confidence in their language skills through KKOOM’s English Winter Camp.
[#2] A day trip to E-world amusement park in January for 56 children created positive new memories.
[#3] Education was more accessible through the purchase of 22 laptops and desktop computers for 200 children during distance learning.
[#4] Seven new children were warmly welcomed through the Welcome Boost Fund to have a fresh start.
[#5] KKOOM received a $20,000 grant from The Hugh C. & Thomas Lord Fund to support several of our educational projects and programs. We funded three preschool toddlers and two young adults to further their dreams through a one-year scholarship.
[#6] An anonymous donor funded gifts for Children’s Day so the children could feel extra love.
[#7] A fashion designer made face masks for the children and an owner of a clothing line donated over 200 new cardigans and t-shirts. Over 500 Christmas cards were made by the transnational/transracial adoptee community and a group of church members in Texas donated $1,000 for “No Shave November.”
[#8] For the Chuseok holiday and KKOOM’s birthday, we treated the children to 45 Baskin Robbins ice cream cakes and specialty roll cakes.
[#9] We raised over $13,000 on the first official day of our #PeaceJoyAndKKOOM Holiday Campaign, the most we have ever raised in a single day, to fund all of our Christmas party activities and gifts.
[#10] For the first time, we provided gifts to all 143 children at Aemangwon. Altogether, we are providing 200 gifts and Christmas meals for 278 children at three children’s homes.
These are some of the reasons that made 2020 a memorable year for KKOOM. While we wondered how the coronavirus outbreak would affect our programming and fundraising, you have shown that support for Korean children will never cease.
Our mission is to improve the lives of Korean youth and young adults through educational opportunities, outreach, and enrichment programs. Despite the uncertainty and financial challenges, we are grateful you believe in our mission. Thank you for making this year special for the children we support. Your giving will continue changing lives, one Korean child at a time.
-Grace Lee, Executive Director