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Auxiliary

Children's Care Auxiliary - 62 years of women making a difference and still going strong!

Auxiliary

What is the Auxiliary?
The Children's Care Auxiliary is dedicated to helping meet the needs of special children. The Auxiliary was founded in 1952, the year the Children's Care Hospital & School was founded. Some very special women realized a need to provide funds for the physical, educational, social, and daily needs of children with special needs. Today the Auxiliary has 75 active members.

What does the Auxiliary do?
The Auxiliary's primary objective is to raise funds for Children's Care. Annual events include the Fall Social, the Mall Walk for Kids in February, and the spring Tablescapes event.

Auxiliary Mission Statement-
Caring individuals united in a commitment to share time, talents and love in dedicated service to special children.

Auxiliary ‘Wish List' funding - $100,000 per year!
Each year a ‘wish list' is created by the children and staff detailing needed equipment and items. After careful consideration, the Auxiliary determines how best to meet these needs. Gifts of equipment, supplies, and special programs include:

  • State-of-the-art education supplies to enhance curriculum and hands-on learning
  • Aquatic toys for Adaptive Aquatics
  • Vocational training equipment and special outings
  • Computers, software, and art supplies
  • Music therapy program
  • Therapy equipment for physical, occupational, and speech therapies and evaluations
  • Adaptive devices for wheelchairs and adaptive/accessible equipment.

Special needs funding
The Auxiliary also helps our children with urgent special needs. The Special Needs Fund provides medical care, special outing trip expenses, eye glasses, school pictures, emergency clothing, and special equipment for children with no other funding options. Above and beyond the annual giving to Children's Care, the Auxiliary averages $3,000 to $4,000 in special funding throughout the year.

Coins for Kids
This is a new project, introduced in 2012: Auxiliary members collect their pocket change at home and bring it to the December meeting. A fun and easy fundraiser for the kids!

Apparel Drive
During October and November, the Auxiliary holds an apparel drive to prepare the children for the cold weather. Members are encouraged to donate new hats, mittens, scarves, and coats for all ages.

Giving Tree
Pick a Christmas ornament off the tree at the November meeting and purchase a Christmas gift for a child at Children's Care--name, age, and size will be given. All children residing at Children's Care Hospital & School will have gifts under the tree.

AUXILIARY EVENTS


Mall Walk  -  February 7, 2015, Empire Mall, Sioux Falls
The Mall Walk, begun in 1994, is held annually in early February. The event raises funds through corporate sponsors, donations, and pledges from walkers.

In addition to raising dollars, the Mall Walk also raises awareness of Children's Care. Corporate teams, family and friend teams, and plenty of children join our kids for fun and exercise. We ‘walk and roll' at the Empire Mall, encouraging participants to walk up to five laps around the mall-equaling six miles!


Tablescapes  -  Designs to Benefit Children's Care
Saturday, June 7, 2014  - 9:00 a.m.
The District, 4521 West Empire Place, Sioux Falls 
The annual Tablescapes for Children's Care involves a friendly table-decorating contest, a fabulous brunch, and entertainment by the Hegg Brothers. This event grows every year!  Anyone can be a part of this fun event to benefit children--call (605) 444-9600 to host a table.

Fall Social
Another way to socialize with other members and their guests. It's a casual and fun pre-holiday gathering with a silent auction.

Every day I find myself smiling as I walk down the hallway; I just cannot get over the fact that this is my job. The smiles and laughter that comes from the students I work with rejuvenate my commitment to them and makes my soul feel whole. The thing I enjoy most about working at Children's Care, is knowing that I am helping to make a difference in the lives of every child and family I work with, and that makes me feel like I'm leading a purpose driven life.
– Robert B., Teacher