2023-24 Charity of the Year: The Jenna Kast Believe in Miracles Foundation!
The mission of The Jenna Kast Believe in Miracles Foundation is to enrich the lives of Michigan children suffering from life-threatening medical conditions by buying gifts and bringing joy and hope to their lives. Along with their gift, each child receives a personalized trophy to acknowledge their courageous fight.
The Jenna Kast Believe in Miracles Foundation was founded in 2005 by two 11 year old boys whose goal was to bring a smile to the face of a child who is suffering. Our Foundation was created to let children and their families know that they are not alone in their battles, that we are praying for them and fighting for them.
Although monetary donations GREATLY impact families throughout Michigan, there are other ways to help!
JK Believe in Miracles could not succeed without the support of so many dedicated and caring people.
Here are some Ways to Help:
- Donate (link above)
- Join Jenna’s Believers Club
- Sponsor a child’s wish
- Volunteer with us
- Participate in Kroger Plus Rewards
- Purchase items off of our Amazon Wish List
- Attend or support our annual events
- Host a fundraiser in your community
- Include us in your matching gift program at work
- Make a one-time donation or recurring pledge
- In-kind gifts/donations such as:
- Tickets to professional sporting events/games
- Gift cards to send to our wish families from various places such as:
- Fast Food Restaurants
- Coffee Shops
- Retail – Amazon, Walmart, Meijer, etc.
- Show your support by wearing our Believe in Miracles bracelet
Extra Credit: Supporting your own Local COY – Here’s how it works:
This year student groups can look to their own community for nonprofits that are doing amazing work supporting their neighbors and community members. Your student group will review what nonprofits operate in your community and will select one local nonprofit that you would like to highlight as your school’s very own “Charity of the Year.” Here’s where the fun starts! After you’ve made your selection, we want schools reaching out to learn more about that nonprofits mission, benefits, organizational structure and the value they provide to your community. This information will be collected by your student group and turned into a 10-minute or less video overview of your selection.
This project gives educators the chance to encourage students to take a closer look at service leadership in their own communities, learn more about community initiatives and projects and provides students with a curricular activity (with an informational interview.) In the video overview students will also highlight their work to support this nonprofit, whether that be with fundraising, material collection, a social media awareness campaign or other creative ideas.
Help Promote Local Charities and their Work!
After your group has made the selection, follow our informational collection guide to help craft a custom video. These videos can be posted to your schools social media accounts, to local city webpages or shared with other media outlets to help spread the word and provide more exposure!
Informational Interview Video Should Include the Following (click to enlarge):
Students are encouraged to use video editing software to enhance the presentation and incorporate photos, video from student fundraising, awareness projects, images or promotional created, and video from the interview with your charities spokesperson.
COY Submission Videos!
Regina High School
Waterford Mott High School
Salem High School