Characters for Kids

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Raised by 78 people in 18 months
Characters for Kids was started by myself to bring cartoon/storybook characters to life through visiting the sick and terminally ill children at the Children's Hospital of Illinois.

My first visit to the hospital was in June of 2017 when I made a volunteer appearance dressed as the Captain America. The smiles on the children’s faces and joy it brought them touched my heart. Storybook characters are so intriguing to their young minds. In the midst of the all the excitement of my Captain America appearance, numerous children asked me if I knew Spider-man, Iron Man, Mickey/Minnie Mouse and other characters. It was then that I knew I would love to continue returning to the hospital and bringing many characters to life for the children confined to the scary world of the hospital.

Two months later, in August, I returned back to the hospital along with my brother-in-law. I costumed as Captain America and he as Spider-Man. We all know how much kids LOVE Spider-Man! Once again as we entered the rooms and interacted with the children, their smiles and reactions were priceless. After this second visit a representative from the hospital contacted me to inquire if I had access to other costumes for returning visits.

Unfortunately, I do not and thus my reason for asking you and others for your help so I am able to purchase a variety of costumes and continue to do frequent special character visits at the hospital. Good costumes that are well made and made to last are quite pricey. The hospital offered to put together a wish list visit of characters for me so that I could purchase those costumes most requested.

As a parent myself I can honestly say there aren’t many things as difficult as what these children experience daily due to their illnesses. For a moment in time when they interact with these characters they are able to forget about their pain and illness. I believe through this small gesture I can make a big difference in the morale of these kids. Eventually I would like to recruit others to join me in the visits so that group characters could be present. Additionally, I would like to bring small gifts for the children such as coloring books, crayons, books, toys, etc. Not only would your support mean a lot to me but to the kids and their families as well. It is my hopes that I’m able to expand the character visits to children’s hospitals in the Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis areas.

Please consider any donation amount to help me bring more character visits to kids who truly deserve more chances to smile. Thank you!

Thank you!

-Matthew Welker

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I wanted to catch everyone up on past and future events the CFK team has been up to.

On Saturday July 21st I used the Civil Warrior suit for the first time. It was for a birthday party for a boy who's a huge Cap fan! I had a great time.

On July 25th myself and 3 others visited the Children's Hospital of Illinois. We met lots of kids, delivering smiles all around.

On Friday August 10th I am making a special visit to the East Tennessee Children's Hospital! I'm excited to do a visit while I'm down here. I am also being brought in to meet a boy battling an inoperable brian tumor. This will make this visit extremely special. If you followed me when we would visit with Conor you know of my heartbreak when I found out the news of his passing. Now to be able to meet a form a relationship with another kid. Its an honor and privilege to be able to do something special for kids like these. I will post more about this on facebook so please follow me there


August 12th I am going to a birthday party for a boy who at one time had cancer and overcame it! What a great day to be able to celebrate with him and his family.

We have a special event planned in Bloomington on Friday August 17th. We have partnered with We Rock the Spectrum for a "Play with the Avengers" event. It's a gym designed for kids with autism or on the Spectrum to be able to enjoy.

There are still more events in the works for September and October.

Last I wanted to let everyone know I am taking pre-orders for a limited run of Characters For Kids Tee Shirts. This are made from ultra-soft cotton. They don't stretch out, get baggy or fad. You'll love them! Please consider ordering and wearing your support for CFK. All the proceeds go back towards this campaign and continuing our effort to grow and reach more kids. The cost is $25 and will cover shipping. This will be a favorite shirt you'll own.

Contact me via facebook or email atCharactersForKids1@gmail.com

Again THANK YOU for all that you have done for me and the families with your time, support, and donations. We have made 1000's of smiles, delivered 100's of gifts, and made tons of memories!
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Hi Team,

I wanted to share a quick update of what I have been up to in the past 3 weeks.

On June 8th I visited Norton Children's Hospital in Louisville, KY. I was able to visit with around 10 kids in all. While that may seem a bit low compared to normal it's great because that less kids in the hospital and that always a plus.

Tuesday of this week David Vale and I visited Comer Children's Hospital in Chicago for the first time. We were able to interact with many kids and gave out plenty of comics, coloring books, and gifts. It was a great visit and we intend to travel back most likely in August when my Iron Man and Civil Warrior suits are completed.

I am currently in the works with We Rock the Spectrum in Normal, Illinois. Stay tuned for the details on that.

It has been a great Summer so far and we're just getting started! Thanks for all you have done and the support you continue to show. This wouldnt be possible without a team and we have a great one!

Be sure you like and follow us on Facebook at Characters For Kids to see all the pictures and know about upcoming events.
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To all the people who have supported Characters For Kids with their time and money I have a huge announcement!

I just purchased 3 new suits that will be ready for action this July!

Thank you so much for all you have done since I started this campaign. With the amazing support you have given me we have brought these 7 characters to life for the kids. We have delivered over 100+ gifts to children. Made close to 50 "Honorary Avengers", Brought 1000's of smiles to people. And most importantly given these kids an experience they deserve.

I honestly can't thank you all enough for being part of Characters For Kids. Many of you don't get to see the faces of the kids we meet. But if you could you would know exactly why I do this. I have made so many memories over the past year I will always look back on. It's all possible to the people who supported this from the beginning.

This July we are traveling to Chicago's Comer Children's Hospital and possibly to Shriners Hospital for Children in Lexington, KY. I am also in talks with hospitals in 3 other states. It is my mission to make as many kids who are battling illness have an something to smile about.

We have come along way in a little less then a year, but I guarantee Characters For Kids is just getting started!
2018 Black Panther
Thor (Infinity War)
IronMan Mark VII
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I can't believe it has been 7 months since this campaign started. Since then we have raised over $2000, but more importantly delivered gifts and smiles to easily over 100 children battling pediatric cancer and other various illness.
Your generosity has been felt not only by myself, but in the families of the kids we visit. I get thanked by the families with each visit, but the thanks should go to you as well for helping me with this campaign.
With all that being said we are just getting started in central Illinois. I just completed the application and hope to visiting the Chicago area in the coming month or two. I am in talks with hospitals in Indiana and Iowa as well. I want Characters for Kids to become a staple program for Child Life Services in these hospitals. And things are looking good for this to happen.
Wednesday I did another visit to Peoria with 2 additonal characters. I will be posting pictures to the facebook. It was a great visit and we even had some special visitors from Jacksonville Fl. I'll be posting more about that later.
Thanks again for what all you have done. Please keep sharing this campaign with others and continue to help us grow!
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