WALKIN & ROLLIN COSTUMES INC

Exceptional Costumes for Exceptional Kids

aka Walkin' & Rollin' Costumes   |   Olathe, KS   |  www.WalkinRollin.org

Mission

Our mission is to provide any child with special needs equipment a unique and custom built costume experience, FREE of charge to the family.

Ruling year info

2017

Founder/Creative Designer

Lon Davis

Main address

26050 W 143rd Pl

Olathe, KS 66061 USA

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EIN

47-5478453

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The special needs kids we build these costumes for are often alienated at school due to other kids not really knowing how to interact with them. It's not that the other kids are mean, they just don't know how to act, what to say, or how to play with kids in walkers and wheelchairs. The costumes we build often come to school with the kids during Halloween. It is at this time that many of the kids in wheelchairs are seen for the first time, as just another kid. The costumes help hide the special needs equipment allowing them to be seen as just another kid with a cool costume. Often, this is the first time these kids are ever seen that way. It becomes the ice breaker for the other kids in the class to see them this way too. It is the beginning of inclusion for these kids and the experience usually lasts far beyond Halloween.

Our programs

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Creating Wheelchair Costumes

Our costumes are built with a network of volunteers who have signed up on our website. Middle and high schools, businesses, and clubs work with us to build additional costumes.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

To help any child with special needs equipment to be seen as just another kid, not as "the kid in a wheelchair." This goal is often achieved with our costumes and help give these kids the sense of belonging that has often not been available to them because of their equipment.

By granting these kids, the costume of their dreams, they are able to be not just Batman, but Batman in his Batmobile, or Cinderella in her Pumpkin Coach. It's the WOW factor that gets them noticed in ways that they have never been seen as before. For the first time, they are the center of attention for all the right reasons instead of how they are often stared at for all the wrong reasons.

We work closely with the families receiving the costume to make sure that every part of the costume is considered. Does the child have any allergies we need to be aware of while building the costume? Are there textures they don't like? Do they need access to certain parts of their wheelchair?

But we also make sure the child chooses what they want to be and what they want their wheelchair to be. Many times, they have very specific goals in what they hope their costume will look like, or even sound like. We want to be sure we meet each of those goals and even exceed them whenever we can.

We work with many volunteers who have signed up from all over the nation to make sure that we can do test fittings and help make these costumes perfect. We work with middle school and high school teachers to bring these projects into the classroom as part of their STEM/STEAM program and include it into their curriculum. We are part of "Skype in the Classroom" so we can meet teachers and their students in any city or state to help them create these creations.

We have 3 rules for every costume we build:
1. It must be lightweight. These kids have to move around in their chair so the costumes can't be heavy.
2. The child will need to be able to get in and out of their costume quickly in case they need to transfer to another chair or need to go to the bathroom. If it takes 20 minutes to get the child in or out, that's way too long. It must be very easy to get them in or out.
3. The costume must fit through a doorway. These kids want to take these costumes to school or church or other places. They've been telling all of their friends about it since they first learned we had started on the project. Then when they get the costume, they can't wait for Halloween to bring it to school. If they can't get the costume in the school door, then we have failed. We have alienated them again in the exact way we were trying to rectify. So the costumes MUST fit through a doorway.

Other than those 3 rules, the sky is the limit on what the kids want and what our volunteers can build.

We work with many volunteers who have signed up on our website (www.WalkinRollin.org/Volunteer) from all over the nation to make sure that we can do test fittings and help make these costumes perfect. We work with middle school and high school teachers to bring these projects into the classroom as part of their STEM/STEAM program and include it into their curriculum. (www.WalkinRollin.org/Schools) We are part of "Skype in the Classroom" so we can meet teachers and their students in any city or state to help them create these creations. We also have worked with multiple companies such as engineering companies, advertising companies, and more that have built these costumes as part of a team building experience.

Finally, we host workshops at local maker spaces to bring in many volunteers to build multiple costumes in a weekend. We teach people how to build them and then have them construct the costumes designed right there on the spot. We have team leaders who have built costumes before and they lead each team on each costume.

Our first year, we built costumes out of our home with a few volunteers. We were able to build 11 costumes that first Halloween. After 4 years of building the costumes, and with the help of volunteers from all over the nation, we have built over 75 costumes and counting. We continue to host events when we do the costume reveals where multiple people will sign up as volunteers after watching a reveal. We teach lessons of how we build the costumes on our YouTube page. We are adding more and more schools in different cities to help build costumes. The number of volunteers continues to grow and so do the number of costume requests from kids.

We just opened up two new chapters (California and Topeka) and we will hopefully open up 3-5 more this year.

Financials

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WALKIN & ROLLIN COSTUMES INC

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lon Davis

Walkin' & Rollin' Costumes

Term: 2015 -

Todd Aaron Smith

Uhlig

John Knell

John Knell Art Photo Design

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/21/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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