Ready to Learn Fair


  • 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 SW  Lakewood WA

When: Saturday, July 28, 2018
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 www.carekids.org

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.


Happy Hearts Dinner Auction

Caring for Kids is there for our kids and we are asking you to be there to support our major fundraiser.

The Happy Hearts Dinner Auction

February 3rd Saturday

Clover Park Technical College Sharon McGavick Center

4500 Steilacoom Blvd.

5:00 P.M.

Tickets $40.00

Please purchase tickets in advance. Diane 253-279-9777 or carekids@comcast.net

We are also asking for donations of live and silent auction items plus sponsors. Remember we are an all-volunteer non-profit organization helping thousands of kids in need each year.

            Facebook: caring for kids  Website: carekids.org

December Report:

Saturday the 9th – 690 + families with gifts, clothing and a ham and potatoes.

Saturday the 16th – Springbrook Connection  Holiday Give-away– Served Chili and donated toys, socks, gloves, hats, color books and crayons, new books and household items.

Saturday the 23rd – Food Connection Truck at 3 stops – hot chili and bread and gifts for everyone.

Clothing Bank orders of new clothes – 87

Emergency Food bags – 70

Color books and crayons total for the Holidays – 1,666

Air beds – 8

Blankets and Pillow – 22

New Books – 186

School Supplies – 6

$5 McDonald’s Gift Cards – 20


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!


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 carekids@comcast.net

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!


Latest News – July

We netted over $54,000 at our Happy Hearts Auction

Along with our everyday work we gave out:

  • 5,463 new books (1,128 to CISL after school programs)
  • 16580ir beds for kids sleeping on the floor
  • 161 McDonalds $5 Gift Cards for homeless kids and kids in need.

We purchased $350 worth of new girls’ underwear for the nurses at the Middle and High schools for emergencies.

So far we collected 115 formals plus purses and shoes for the Clover Park High School Event.

At the Springbrook Easter egg hunt with the Lions Club we furnished buckets, egg dye, gift card prizes, color books and crayons and toothbrush kits for everyone.

We gave the same supplies for the Easter egg hunt at Four Heroes for the thirty-five McKinney-Vento students.

We received over 1,000 new summer shoes and slippers. We have processed and they are being distributed.

We just received a book grant from the Molina Foundation for 898 books and a grant from First Books for 400 books.

In the last two weeks we distributed 1,650 backpacks to the schools to distribute for the rest of this year and the beginning of next year.

We bought 330 pairs of wool socks for $ .50 each for next winter.

Our relationship with Walmart is great! We just purchased about $35,000 worth of winter wear for under $500. Not all of it is for our kids but it can be distributed through the food banks.

We also bought 500 baby clothes and baby socks for $1 apiece. They said they have a pallet of socks will be going on clearance.