Geeks for Kids

$15,885 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 160 people in 16 months
Created April 17, 2018
We are designing and building hot rods for kids with movement limitations - kids like Jerry, shown above.  Our high school robotics team - The Red Hot Techie Peppers - our mentors and members of the tech community came together to build Jerry's car for last spring.   Jerry was four years old when we met him; he is a charming, sunny little boy who wanted desperately to play outside with his brothers, sisters and neighborhood friends.  Because a car drove over him when he was two and broke his spine, he cannot walk; and, because of his age, his insurance would not provide him with a motorized wheelchair.  So, he could only sit and watch the other kids play.   Now, Jerry is zooming around his yard and neighborhood in the car we built, and his friends compete to ride with him.

Last spring, we built a dozen cars for kids with movement limitations.  The kids who received these cars have varied challenges.  Some cannot walk.  Others can walk with crutches or other aids, but still have trouble keeping up with their typically-developing peers.  Some cannot use their hands effectively or at all.  Some can only move their heads and necks.  We customized a car for each child’s specific needs.

This spring, our team is banding together with other local engineers, programmers and roboticists to build 10 to 20 new cars  at Geeks for Kids.   The customized,  electric cars we design and build make a HUGE difference in kids' lives.   These cars help kids to grow in ways that just aren't possible when they are stuck in strollers or wheelchairs.   The cars help the kids develop "mental maps" of their world, give them the power to search out things that interest them, and help them engage with other kids.  

These cars cost $750 and a $1,500 each.  And, we need your help!  The more money we raise, the more cars we can build.   Together, we can get more Kansas City kids with movement limitations racing!  Join the campaign today.  There are lots of ways to get involved.  You can:

  - Donate
  - Build a Car
  - Recruit Corporate Sponsors
  - Join the Design & Planning Team
  - Or, Refer a Kid Who Would Benefit from a Car

To learn more about Geeks for Kids and the cars we are building, visit geeks.learnscienceandmathclub.org.
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Thanks to you, we will be delivering 18 custom, electric cars to kids with movement limitations this Saturday, June 1st. We hope you can join us; we’d love to share what we’ve built with you and introduce you to the kids we serve.

Delivery Day – which truly is like the best Christmas morning ever – will begin with a short “thank you” to you and the other folks who made this program possible. Then, we will break out the balloons, bubbles, cake, popcorn and, of course, the cars. The kids will learn how to drive. The parents will learn how to care for the cars. And, we will all have some fun.

Come, relax and enjoy the success of another Geeks for Kids baby car build! Your friends and family are most welcome.

One of our sponsors, Coleman Equipment, will host Delivery Day at their Bonner Springs location. The address is: 24000 W 43rd St, Bonner Springs, KS 66012.

Hope to see you there!
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Thanks to your generosity, we will put a dozen additional cars on the assembly line this Saturday! We will keep building cars and empowering kids to explore, learn and grow as long as people like you keep donating. Thanks again for helping us help kids with movement limitations.
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Some of you may be wondering why there are so many donations to this campaign on behalf of Alex. Others already know that on Sunday, 4/14, we lost Alex, a dear friend and member of our high school robotics team, The Red Hot Techie Peppers. Alex was hit by an out-of-control car as she walked home from school on Friday afternoon; she passed away on Sunday – the day before she and the rest of our team were scheduled to head to the FIRST Tech Challenge robotics World Championship and in the middle of the Geeks for Kids build season.

Alex has been a member of our team for two years. She cheered us constantly with her wry humor. She impressed us with her creativity, determination and problem-solving skills. And, she became a member of our “family” as we worked, played, struggled and triumphed side by side for many hours each week.
Alex and her dad, Aaron, were an integral part of our Geeks for Kids programs last year and this year as well as a member of The Red Hot Techie Peppers. In the best of times, Geeks for Kids is a huge undertaking – requiring a small city’s worth of volunteers to build cars for kids with movement limitations. This year, as we trudge through one of life’s hardest times, we appreciate your support.

We have dedicated this year’s Geeks for Kids to Alex. Thank you for giving us the boost we need to continue building cars for kids with movement limitations. With your help, we will “#DoItForAlex.”
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This year's first cars are rolling off the line. On Saturday, March 30, dozens of volunteers worked long and hard to prepare seats, cushions, roll bars, tires and more for the big builds to come. (Thank you to all those who gave their time!) And, little kids are lining up for their cars.

Join us in the drive to get kids with movement limitations racing! These cars empower them to explore, learn and grow. Your contribution makes a huge difference in their lives.
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$15,885 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 160 people in 16 months
Created April 17, 2018
Funds raised will benefit:
Learn Science and Math Club
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Kansas City, MO
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