Agape Charitable Foundation

Never.Stop.Believing.

aka Stuff the Sleigh   |   KATY, TX   |  www.thesleigh.org

Mission

Stuff the Sleigh is the DBA of Agape Charitable Foundation. Our mission and purpose are to relieve the insidious burden of pediatric cancer and hematological conditions so that every child, sibling, and parent may experience priceless, joy-filled, worry-free moments in time and have an enriched and abundant life. Over the last 7 years, Stuff the Sleigh has expanded our programs into year-round psychosocial, emotional and financial support. Our focus will be on providing pediatric cancer and hematology patients and families a reprieve from the daily stress of treatment through hosting two events (Christmas in July and Holiday Angels) as well as providing ongoing assistance when necessary and identified by the medical teams.

Ruling year info

2012

Co-Founder/Board Chair

Mr. Garrett Ashmore

Co-Founder

Mrs. Kelli Ashmore

Main address

PO Box 342

KATY, TX 77492 USA

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EIN

45-3684900

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Cancer (G30)

Family Services (P40)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Stuff the Sleigh is working diligently to provide quality experiences to the patients and families we serve. We have found over the last ten years that patients and families going through cancer treatment are overwhelmed by organizations that are eager to provide items to bring a temporary sense of relief. What has been lacking are opportunities for families to have organizations provide genuine quality of life experiences that are priceless.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Quality of Life

Our Quality of Life program consists of the requests received from the medical team and social workers for experiences that patients and families need for a variety of reasons. Each request we receive is different, and range from birthday parties to providing once in a lifetime experiences when other, traditional wish-granting organizations are unable to assist.  Our Quality of Life program provides inpatient experiences for patients to provide them with a reason to smile - despite the circumstances. We provide monthly celebrations as well as memory-making experiences for patients who are nearing the end of life.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Non-adult children

"Christmas in July" is our programs that provide back to school supplies to patients and their siblings. Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers (TXCH) reports over 3,000 newly diagnosed patients each year, with an average of 80 inpatients a day and over 73,500 outpatient clinic visits per year. These innocent kids are forced to miss a lot of school! Sadly, even if these kids survive their battle against cancer, often times they don't win when it
comes to their education. Most have the stigma of being “the sick kid” upon their return to school, making the transition rather difficult. Unfortunately, due to being so far behind their peers, a large majority simply lose hope of ever catching up, eventually dropping out altogether.
We all know how overwhelming the back to school shopping experience can be! Now, imagine that stress paired with the stress of having a child diagnosed with a
life-threatening disease. The out of pocket expenses for treatment alone is exhaustive, not to mention the cost to get your kids the school supplies, clothes, and other essentials required to start the school year. In an effort to alleviate that stress, Stuff the Sleigh has established Christmas in July to ensure patients and their families have everything they need to start the school year off right!
For the last 2 years, Stuff the Sleigh has supported over 60 families (approximately 150 people per year) through this program.
- Each parent also received over $200 in gift cards to purchase any missing items and groceries.

Our "Holiday Angels" program is similar but focuses on providing holiday wishes to 50 patients, siblings, and families.  In 2017, our Holiday Angels program matched community partners with approximately 60 patients and families who completed applications with holiday wish lists.  In 2019, our Holiday Angels Party provided toys, clothes, and gift cards to over 330 people (from 70 families). Each parent also received (on average) $250 in gift cards to purchase any missing items for their kids and to buy their holiday. The exchange of the items for both the Christmas in July and the Holiday Angels Program will take place at a party hosted by Stuff the Sleigh in a central location where community partners and families can meet and enjoy pictures with Santa, food, and festivities.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Families

Program grants various types of once in a lifetime family experiences to chronically ill patients when other traditional wish-granting organizations are not able to assist. Patients are selected by their medical team based on selection criteria set by Stuff the Sleigh, specifically targeting families who have had an especially rough experience and would deeply benefit from an experience as a family.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Families

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Stuff the Sleigh is aiming to provide psychosocial and emotional support to pediatric cancer and hematology patients, siblings, and families. Our programs revolve around the ability to give families a sense of normalcy and life-long memories despite the circumstances.

Stuff the Sleigh has aligned to strategically partner with like-minded organizations in the community. Our programs aim to fulfill a need rather than duplicate resources already provided by others. We are working closely with His Grace Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House in Houston to ensure the most vulnerable patients and families are served in a meaningful way.

Our established working relationships with the key players (hospitals and organizations) that are the source of our referrals and programs is our largest asset when it comes to meeting our goals.

In 2020, Stuff the Sleigh was able to adapt to the needs of patients and families following several years of similar programming. Now, our goal is to focus more on the quality of the services we provide (as opposed to the number of services).

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Agape Charitable Foundation

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Garrett Ashmore

K&J Energy

Term: 2020 - 2023

Garrett Ashmore

Kelli Ashmore

Diane Walker

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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