Programs and Special Times
Making Dreams Come True
for children with life-threatening illnesses
we currently have
Help Make a Dream Come True
Holidays can be a very stressful time for Dreamers and their families due to the financial strain of ongoing medical treatments. Many of our families simply do not have the time or resources to purchase gifts or groceries in preparation for special occasions because their lives are focused on making their child healthy again, but you can help. Please consider adopting a family for one or more of these upcoming holidays.
Once a Dreamer, Always a Dreamer…
The brave children battling life-threatening illnesses can only receive one dream. The reality, however, is when their dreams are fulfilled, their illnesses and struggles do not end. For that reason, Dreams Come True developed Special Times, providing children and their families a time to momentarily forget the realities of life. It also reminds the children and their families that they are special and loved. Special Times is a constant reminder both before and after a dream is fulfilled.
In December 2014, Mark Kaye, a local radio host, and his wife, Pam, partnered with Dreams Come True to create the Special Times initiative Kaye’s Kids. Through this program, we help bring technology into the lives of some of our precious Dreamers. The gift of technology can help a fighting child feel less isolated, keeping him/her connected to family and friends while receiving treatment. It also provides the simple joy of listening to music, playing video games and reading books, as well as keeping up with school work. Children battling life-threatening illnesses in the Jacksonville, Florida metropolitan area are eligible to receive an iPad through Kaye’s Kids. To date, more than 40 local Dreamers have received an iPad.
Kaye’s Kids would not be possible without the support of our local community. We’d like to thank the following individuals and companies for underwriting several of our iPad gifts to date:
Southern Green of South Florida – Holy Family Catholic School – The Horizon Board of Dreams Come True – Sacred Heart Catholic School – The Law Offices of John M. Phillips – Body Control
Help us bring technology into a child’s life. Please donate today!
Kids Helping Kids
Dreams Come True Kids Helping Kids program has made many dreams come true! This signature program pairs students and young people with dream recipients. Kids Helping Kids includes schools, clubs and youth groups, as well as civic, religious and service organizations.
Through the Kids Helping Kids program, students and young people raise money to sponsor the dream of a child who is battling a life-threatening illness. Fundraising projects may include:
- Car Washes
- Bake Sales
- Talent Shows
- Coin Drives
You are only limited by your imagination and the restrictions of your school or organization. We are proud that 100% of the funds raised by Kids Helping Kids goes directly to dream fulfillment.
The Kids Helping Kids participants also host a Dream Party. This is an incredible opportunity for the students to meet and spend time with their sponsored Dreamer. Students experience the magnificent satisfaction that comes from doing for others and the Dreams has an opportunity to meet some very caring “strangers” who made his/her dream come true. Following the party, the Kids Helping Kids group and Dreamer are no longer strangers; they have formed friendships unlike any other!
Opportunities to Share
We would love to share the magic of a “dream come true!” A member of our Speakers Bureau would welcome the opportunity raise awareness and share information about:
- Volunteer Opportunities
- The History of Dreams Come True
- Sponsorship of Dreams
- Dream Stories
- Dreams Come True Programs
Speakers Bureau members are available for breakfast, lunch or evening meetings, as well as weekend engagements. Please call Dreams Come True at 904-296-3030 to schedule a speaker for your business or organization. We respectfully request a two-week minimum notice for any scheduled engagement.