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Caring for Kids Calendar 2019-2020


 Happy Hearts Dinner Auction

CPTC McGavick Center 5:00 P.M.


2nd Read Across America

Distribute 2,000 books


Cruising for Kids (Limited number of tickets)

June & July:

Collect lost and found from 28 schools/sort and wash


9:00 A.M. Ready to Learn Fair Clover Park High School

5:00 P.M. Ready to Learn Celebration Springbrook Park

Ready to Learn Celebration Tillicum Community Center


Ram Takeover “Oktoberfest”

4:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.


Color Book and Crayon Drive Starts

Deliver color books and crayons to food banks and community organizations.


Set-up for Holiday Fair

Holiday Fair at Hudtloff Middle School

February 2020:    

Happy Hearts Dinner Auction

CPTC McGavick Center 5:00 P.M.

If you are attending the Happy Hearts Dinner Auction ($40), Cruising for Kids ($100) please purchase your tickets in advance. Diane Formoso 253-279-9777 or

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Cops v.s. Teachers

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Cops vs Teachers


Caring For Kids is an organization that started over 40 years ago with a little girl who boarded Diane Formoso’s bus on a cold morning without a coat. Her act of kindness soon evolved into a lifeline for needy students in Clover Park, Steilacoom and University Place schools.  CFK has provided tens of thousands of children with clothing, school supplies, shoes, food, Christmas presents and more. Keep Diane’s mission alive by coming to this event and supporting her cause.


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Thank you!

Thank you to all who helped Caring For Kids during the 2018 year! We could not have helped the “Kids” without your generous heart!

Watch for our 2018 statistics page to be published soon.

The Happy Hearts Auction is Saturday, February 2nd, at the McGavick Center. Join us for $40 per ticket and be a part of our major fundraiser of the year.

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Ready to Learn Fair Fall 2018


  • Good used clothing (some new clothes and shoes)
  • New backpacks, school supplies and hygiene products
  • Haircuts
  • Sports physicals (secondary students only)
  • Immunizations – Franciscan Health
  • Books & More!
  • Free lunch
  • Resource Booths
  • Bike helmets – West Pierce Fire Department

Registration will be at the door

Who: Only students (including new kindergarten students) and families attending Steilacoom, University Place, or Clover Park School Districts who qualify for free or reduced lunch at school.

What: The Ready to Learn Fair is held to assist kids in need as they get ready for school in Clover Park, University Place and Steilacoom School Districts.

Where: Clover Park High School- PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL!
11023 Gravelly Lake Drive S.W. Lakewood WA

When: Summer…2019
9:00 am – 1:00 pm– (for parents and families)


What Parents Need to Know:

We will have volunteers on the floor assisting the families as they enter the hallway for supplies and the gymnasium for clothing. Please do not stay longer than necessary. This is not fair to the other families waiting in line. We need to keep lines moving. Please park in the 112th street parking lot and remember that Clover Park School District is a non-smoking facility, which includes the school grounds. Thank you for your cooperation.

Check out our website at

Important: Remember to bring your current immunization records if your child needs shots.

Clover Park School District does not sponsor this event/activity/offer and assumes no responsibility for it. In consideration for the privilege to distribute these materials, Clover Park School District shall be held harmless from any cause of action filed in any court or administrative tribunal arising out of the distribution of these materials, including all costs, attorney’s fees and judgments or awards.

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Nine Thousand, Five Hundred and Twenty-Five


There are 9,525 kids on free and reduced lunch in Clover Park School District, this does not include our kids in Steilacoom and University Place.

Caring for Kids works every day to provide coats, shoes, clothes, emergency food, school supplies, hygiene products, air beds, blankets, pillows, $5 McDonald’s Gift Cards for homeless families and kids, new books and alarm clocks to our kids in need. We work with the local food banks to provide resources, we hold the back to school fairs at Clover Park High School, Springbrook Park and Tillicum Community Center helping over 2,400 kids, and help over 650 families for Christmas. In addition for the Holidays we collect and distribute over a thousand color books and crayons so more of our kids receive some small gift.

Our Growing Up is Fun bags and bags of baby clothes are delivered to the Lakewood WIC. The Springbrook neighborhood is very important to us so we support the Springbrook Connection by purchasing the turkeys and hams for the Thanksgiving dinner, toys, etc. for the Christmas give-away and we hold a chili feed and gift give-away at the Food Connection truck the Saturday before Christmas.

Caring for Kids also provides opportunities for volunteer hours for high school kids.

Caring For Kids is all-volunteer with no paid staff!

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Oktoberfest Fundraiser

oktobeCome and Join the Fun!

Great Food!    Great Friends!     Great Fun!


Caring for Kids presents its annual Ram takeover fundraiser. A percentage of the proceeds from this event will go to support our kids in need by purchasing shoes, holiday gifts and food for our emergency food packs.

Where:                  Ram Bighorn Brewing    10019 59th Avenue S.W. / Lakewood

 When:                   Thursday, October 6, 2016

Time:                              4:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

Great Raffle Prizes!

Bring your friends, family and co-workers.  Caring for Kids spends an average of $15,000 a month during the year to support our programs. Help us help our kids in need!

Diane Formoso 253-279-9777 or

Caring for Kids helped 2,450+ kids in need with backpacks, school supplies and hygiene products in August.  By September 17th  we have received 114 clothing bank orders, 60 emergency food orders, plus 392 school supply bank orders. Since January we have now distributed 218 air beds to kids sleeping on the floor.

We are an all-volunteer organization and we need your support!