Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines

TNK Children's Foundation

Liberty, MO   |  www.HUGGEDandKISSED.org

Mission

""Providing a strong foundation of support for parents caring for children with cancer and other blood diseases."" TNK Children's Foundation provides families with support during a time of uncertainty, worry and fear. We do this by providing practical essentials to families whose children are receiving cancer treatment and follow up care. These parents drop everything and dedicate themselves to battle for their children's lives. A parent's strength is always vital in every aspect of routine family life. Every parent needs additional help and support when the family faces the over-whelming stress of caring for a critically ill child. TNKCF provides support for families during these crucial times, making many services available to these families. TNKCF provides groceries, chef prepared meals, a support system for the family, activities oriented for the entire family, other daily necessities (home repairs, lawn care, etc.). TNKCF also helps identify other community resources that offer related services needed by many of these families.

Ruling year info

2013

Principal Officer

Ms. Staci Upham-Tubbs

Main address

PO Box 5

Liberty, MO 64069 USA

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EIN

46-2445572

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Cancer (G30)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Family Bonding

TNKCF's Family Bonding program is designed to allow our families an opportunity to relax, bond and enjoy an experience or activity that is totally unrelated to current medical challenges. Planned activities are often geared towards the siblings who frequently experience depression, isolation and anger once their brother or sister is diagnosed, and mom and dad are gone so much. The large group settings are designed to help the families form friendships and to connect with others that are on the same journey. As a group, the families can celebrate healthy prognosis, support each other in time of crisis, and share resources and information. The activities for each individual family help them strengthen their bonds by learning to re-connect and communicate. Some of the activities planned include: large group cookouts, swimming and movie passes, trips to area museums, children's theatre, and sporting events.

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Parents often have to decide whether to buy nutritious food choices for the child and family, or pay for the increasing costs associated with treatment.Our ""Meals and Groceries"" program is a two-tiered support system. The program addresses the need for food on treatment days as well as developing long-term healthy eating habits. Families receive prepared meals or gift cards on the days they have treatment sessions over five hours. There is little energy to prepare wholesome, healthy meals on these days, so this is a great service. Staggering medical expenses cause financial hardship for most of our families, so there is little money or time to shop for groceries that include a variety of healthy foods, especially fruits and vegetables. TNKCF's ""grocery bags"" include basic foods, and a large amount of fresh produce from local farmers as seasonally appropriate. In addition to meals and groceries, families will have access to information on how to develop healthy eating lifestyles.

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Our results

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Meals & Groceries

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Family Bonding

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Meals & Groceries

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Meals & Groceries

Charting impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

TNKCF continues to strive to meet the needs of a growing number of families since our start in 2013.<br/><br/>The most urgent needs for our organization include –<br/><br/>Donations of meals, restaurant gift cards, groceries, gas cards for transportation for the families<br/><br/>Financial assistance – monetary donations from individuals and organizations, increased number of corporations providing on-going support, and increased number of sponsored events to publicize and support the efforts of TNKCF<br/><br/>Additional volunteers to assist with the programs we offer. We’d really appreciate volunteers who have experience in clerical work, volunteer coordination, marketing assistance (develop marketing materials and an on-line presence for TNKCF)<br/><br/>Additional on-going funding to support paid staff, who would coordinate additional services for families, instead of seeking volunteers for many projects. Paid staff in the areas of family support coordinators, accounting, marketing, and clerical work would be very beneficial. We’d like to add our own in-house chef to prepare healthy meals for our families.<br/><br/>Ultimately we would want our own building instead of renting space. TNKCF would have the ability to expand with additional programs and services, and continually increase the number of families served.<br/><br/>

• Schedule and offer weekly grocery and household good pick up for families receiving treatment<br/>• Assigned family resource is available for support as frequently as needed<br/>• One family friendly event per season - i.e. Family Fall Festival, Halloween Party<br/>• Offer parent specific events for counseling and networking opportunities<br/>• Hold two large fundraising events per year: Fall & Spring <br/>• Continue to develop relationships with various vendors to provide donations for services or for the pantry<br/>• Identify & pursue potential corporate donors <br/>• Attend at least two networking events per month to continue to raise awareness for TNK Children's Foundation <br/><br/><br/>

Through the connections that have been made in the community promoting a local companies supporting local families through a local charity we are able to provide the groceries, family events and fundraisers. Once a company or individual learns about our work they are excited to be a part in one way or another.<br/><br/>Through our trained family support coordinators who understand the journey the families we assist are on the are able to tell their stories and provide the support necessary and help locate the resources needed from the community.<br/><br/>

TNKCF is especially interested in understanding the willingness and capability of our families to engage in both large group and individual family activities. <br/><br/>We will use surveys and feedback indicators to determine: <br/>1) Types of activities to offer <br/>2) Interest of families to engage with other program participants<br/>3) Success of an activity or experience <br/>4) How frequently the Family Bonding activities are desired. There is such a wide variation in how each family reacts to and cares for their critically ill child, so TNKCF is acutely aware that the program needs to be flexible and sensitive in its approach and evaluation.<br/><br/><br/>

TNK Children's Foundation has fostered a close knit community between our families. This has created an extra layer of support throughout their child's treatment. Families feel comfortable attending offered events and reaching out when they need help. TNK has also consistently provided families with meals weekly.<br/><br/><br/>TNK Children's Foundation hasn't had the opportunity to offer as many activities for the families as it would like based on leasing restrictions. Once a new property is located this will provide additional space for a variety of services to be provided. An example of a service that TNKCF would like to offer onsite is life coaching and massage therapy. These two services will reduce the stress the families are facing. Therefore, boosting the immune system of the family and allow them to face another day.

Financials

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TNK Children's Foundation

Board of directors
as of 6/2/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Staci Upham-Tubbs

Co-Founder of TNKCF

Term: Mar 2013 - Dec 2016

Staci Upham-Tubbs

Co-Founder of TNKCF

James Fisher

Kauffman Foundation

Michael Slavin

Corporate Chef Applebee's

Sarah Smith

Cerner

Nancy Bishop

Sam's Club

Heidi Van Hook

First family assisted by TNKCF

Keywords

childhood cancer, children's cancer foundation, children cancer, family support, hugged and kissed,