Kicks for Kids
hosts its annual Christmas party Dec. 15 at Paul Brown Stadium to help local kids in need have a special Christmas.
Aiming to “level the playing field for local children at risk,” Kicks for Kids collaborated with 14 various local organizations that selected a number of children to participate in the event. The children did a service project last week that allowed them to have a chance to not only meet their chaperone but also to give back and help others.
“The purpose of the party is to provide an incredible experience for kids who would otherwise have a limited Christmas,” says Ted Kluemper, Kicks for Kids board member. “The volunteers are there to try to help kids enjoy their night, feel loved and make it a memorable Christmas for them.”
After eating dinner on Dec. 15, the kids will separate into two groups. One group will meet with Santa to read a Christmas story and receive gifts, then they’ll have the opportunity to pick out and wrap gifts for their own family members.
Meanwhile, the other group will go downstairs to tour the Bengals and visitor’s locker rooms, where each child will have their own locker. They’ll receive a new winter coat, school supplies and a bible, then have the opportunity to go out on the field and play until the groups switch.
Covington-based Kicks for Kids has received tremendous feedback about the event over the last 21 years. Many kids have stayed in touch with their chaperones over time and have developed a big brother/big sister-like relationship, Kleumper says.
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