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Expanding our yearly campaign for a local orphanage's Christmas toys.
Phil V
Matthews, North Carolina
United States
3 Team Members

With 7 days left in our campaign, we just made it as a featured campaign at the front of indiegogo.com!!! Go take a look! And share with your friends, please!

Be sure to take a look at all of the perks on the right. Our way of saying "Thank You" for your generosity!

Thank you all in advance for making this a tremendous campaign! 

Check the "Gallery" section for pictures and other info related to our campaign. 



 * UPDATE* 12/19/12  We are dedicating 26 bags out of our 500 luminaries, one for each soul that was taken from their loved ones last week. We will be writing their names on the bags and saying a prayer for each one when we light them on Christmas Eve. It will be our own personal way of honoring them and to remind us that There, but for the grace of God, go I.


Kids Helping Kids

The Genesis

Sparked from an innocent conversation over dinner one night 3 years ago, my 8 year old daugher started a campaign in our neighborhood to raise money for a local orphanage/family help center, Thompson Child and Family Focus. She wanted to buy toys for children in need. She also reeaaaallly enjoys driving around and looking at luminaries on Christmas Eve, so she put forth an effort.

To an 8 year old, it didn't make sense to her that her neighborhood didn't do luminaries on Christmas eve. She asked me why our neighborhood had never done that, one night over dinner. I told her that it costs money and that some people might not want to participate if it would mean they had to pay and someone would have to lead the effort to get it started. She responded by asking me why couldn't "we" just do it for the whole neighborhood? To just decorate it all ourselves. Seemed so simple to her, that we should just go around and do this  ourselves in our neighborhood to make it pretty for everyone. She then added, "Maybe people would donate money if we do that and we could buy toys for kids who won't have any on Christmas." Again, seemed so simple to her. And she was right. It was simple.

She and her sister go to all 60 homes in our neighborhood and ask for donations for the children of TCFF. And for their generosity and kindness, our family donates from our own pocket, the luminaries for the entire neighborhood. All this, from a simple question, from a curious child over dinner 3 years ago.

To date, my daughters have raised on average about $700 per year. Certainly an excellent achievement in a small neighborhood.  With that money, they then go and buy toys, LOTS of toys with all of the money raised. All of the money goes to the purchase of the toys. (None of it is used for the luminaries or supplies.) If you ask my girls, this is their favorite part of course. Picking out the toys for all of these children. Seeing the reward for their hard work and knowing that these are going to children in need at Christmas. That's what makes them happiest.

The money from this online campaign, will combine with our neighborhood Luminarie campaign and if we reach our goal, will make for an incredible Christmas at the TCFF home. Bicycles, footballs, toys, games, you name it. We will be getting it to them before Christmas day.

The needs 

Thompson Child and Family Focus is a non profit organization that is like any other, struggling in a down economy and always needing funds. Our "Lights For Little Ones" campaign focuses just on the Christmas needs for these children, however the organization is always in need of funding throughout the year. This specific Christmas Toy funding drive is just one cog in the funding wheel that we are trying to serve through this campaign. Throughout the year, basic necessities such as sheets, clothes, toiletries and such are constantly in demand as the Home tends to many children and families.


The impacting results

Your donation makes a difference. A child will receive toys that they may not have gotten on Christmas otherwise. Your generosity will provide a smile, a warm feeling, a safe moment for a child that may not otherwise get to feel that. It will give that child some hope, reaffirm in them the kindness of others and that they are indeed cared for and loved. Your donation, gives a child a Christmas this year. And that alone, may be the most important thing you do this holiday season.


What you get in return

Our perks are listed on the right side of your browser window. Any level of donation is acceptable of course, even if it's just $1! Imagine, if 10,000 people all donated just $1 how incredible this could be for these children. However, you will notice that the Perks start at the $10 level with a letter of thanks from TCFF, all the way up to $500 in which you receive 7 days in Costa Rica at The Flying Scorpion! (Air fare not incuded)

Help any way possible

Even if you are unable to assist in a financial manner this year, you can still help. Spread the word of our campaign through the Share Tools here on Indiegogo. Use facebook, twitter, email, word of mouth. Anything you can think of to spread the word of this campaign to all your friends, churches, schools etc. to help bring a smile to a child's face this holiday. 





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raised by 97 people in 2 months
255% funded
No time left
$2,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
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This campaign ended on December 24, 2012
Select a Perk
  • $10USD
    Thank You Letter

    A letter from TCFF thanking you for your generosity in this season of giving.

    12 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $25USD
    Name in Lights!

    Your name will be written in marker on one of our 500 luminaries on Christmas Eve! You will be a direct participant in our Christmas Eve event. You will receive an emailed photo of the glowing bag from Christmas Eve.

    23 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2012
  • $50USD
    Personal Christmas Message!

    Previous perk PLUS a personal message, written on the bag. Photo of the glowing bag on Christmas Eve emailed to you. * Please add the personal message when redeeming the perk.

    10 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2012

    Commemorative Ornament

    For your generosity you will receive a custom handmade wooden Christmas ornament commemorating the 2012 campaign. This will be an absolutely limited edition ornament and will be shipped to you in time to put on your tree! Made by www.facebook.com/beautifulwood

    10 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2012
  • $250USD
    Memory/trinket box

    Approx 5x8x4 high. As a thank you for your incredible kindness towards creating wonderful memories for these children, you will receive a custom, handmade wooden trinket box for which you can can save and keep your very own memories in. Made by www.facebook.com/beautifulwood

    2 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $500USD
    Costa Rica, Baby!!!!!

    You will receive 7 days at the Flying Scorpion in beautiful Playa San Miguel Costa Rica! Located on beautiful sandy beaches, this B&B is a little chunk of paradise offering many excursions and day trips for your enjoyment. Fully stocked bar and restaurant will keep you satiated for your stay. Includes breakfast for 2. (Blackout dates are Dec 20-Jan 15th and Easter weekend) take a look at www.theflyingscorpion.com and www.tripadvisor.com for incredible reviews! (Air fare not includ

    0 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $800USD
    Twice The Fun!

    Take the Costa Rica Baby!! perk....AND DOUBLE IT! That's right! For $800 you can have 4 people go to the beautiful B&B The Flying Scorpion! Bring 3 of your friends to the warm beautiful beaches of Costa Rica and enjoy 7 nights staying just seconds from the water.

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
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