November 2017 – Paula Hayden
“I met Ron Fitzsimmons when I joined his Mount Vernon Facebook group. On occasion, Ron would share a story of a school aged child in the community who needed some assistance. I was impressed that there were always several group members who stepped up to assist. But, Ron seemed to be impressed that I was willing to help because I live in Prince Georges County, Maryland. What he didn’t know is that I have always had a charitable heart, not so much because I feel the need to “give back”, but because I feel strongly about simply helping those in need.”
“The way I see it is that we are all one big family … one gigantic community, helping each other out in time of need. Over time, I learned more about Alice’s Kids and the work they do. This resonated with me because the focus is on the children. So, I added Alice’s Kids to the list of charities that I support. I feel blessed that I can help the children of our global community through Alice’s Kids.”
“I have no immediate family, at least, not by blood. Supporting Alice’s Kids
has exposed me to a whole new family. I have to do this, because for every little bit I put out, I get so, so much more in return.”
October 2017 – Judi Conti
Judi Conti first read about Alice’s Kids a few years ago when her church shared a newspaper article about our charity. Having spent most of her career working at non-profit organizations, Ms. Conti understands the needs of the underprivileged.
”I was immediately struck by the brilliant simplicity of Alice’s Kids’ mission and services. Because, though it’s important to look for big policy solutions to poverty and inequality in our world, it’s also so important to serve individuals, one-on-one, with the ”little” things they need to make their lives happy and fulfilling. I think about the joy Alice’s Kids brings to the kid who can play soccer or basketball; who has new shoes or a prom dress; who can go on the class trip or who can have nice clothes for school. The things we and our children all take for granted are the things that low-income parents agonize over and their kids miss so terribly. I am one of Alice’s Kids biggest fans and always will be. I thank everyone who donates to this wonderful organization that does so much good for so many children, with such a gentle and loving touch.”
SEPTEMBER 2017 – Barbara Rendina
Barbara Rendina has been a friend of the Fitzsimmons Family for over 40 years. She was very excited when we told her that we were going to set up this organization and has been an ardent supporter ever since. When asked what she likes about the organization Barbara replied “you help the needy with no questions asked, and you don’t show who they are. They are private so they don’t have to be made fun of by classmates”. Barbara is a retired Nurse and recently located from West Islip, NY to Spring Hill Florida.
AUGUST 2017 – Barbara Phillips Cotter
Barbara has been a steadfast supporter since the inception of Alice’s Kids, which she first heard about when she worked with our Executive Director on the Mt. Vernon H.S. PTSA. She states “I was fascinated that Ron thought he could pull this off but pull it off he did and it has no expanded beyond Virginia, across the Country. I am happy to have been on the ground floor of this wonderful, philanthropic cause and I smile every time I get a Newsletter and hear of the fulfillment of needs that have brought joy to a student.”
JULY 2017 – Elaine Kolish and David FitzGerald
Elaine and David found out about Alice’s Kids from a front-page story in the Mt. Vernon Gazette about two years ago. “I was moved by the collaborate rather than competitive approach that was expressed, that led to our first donation and we have been pleased to continue supporting AK ever since. While all donors probably want their donations to produce systematic changes to end poverty, we think helping individual kids the way AK does can help improve their self-esteem and hopefully that leads to children who become adults who are productive members of their communities.”
Elaine was the founding director of the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising initiative at the Council of Better Business Bureau and now consults on her own through APCO worldwide. David and Elaine celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in May!
JUNE 2017 – Lee Ann Regan
Lee Ann Regan learned about Alice’s Kids through a featured article in the Washington Post in 2014. She states “I taught preschool for many years so children’s issues are close to my heart. I think it is such a lovely idea to help children feel that they belong and to not be embarrassed by not having decent shoes or clothes or by being unable to participate in activities and I think Alice’s Kids does a great job responding directly to individual needs.”
Lee Ann teaches at Northern Virginia Community College and lives in Alexandria. Thanks so much to Lee Ann for your support and kind words!
MAY 2017 – Margaret Shipp
Margaret Shipp learned about Alice’s Kids through her involvement with the Care and Share Committee at Hollin Meadows Elementary School in Alexandria. She tells us; “I support AK because I believe that whether it’s through a new pair of shoes or funds to register for sports, these gifts are making a difference in the lives of our greatest assets, our children.”
Well put, Margaret, and thank you for your dedication to Alice’s Kids.
Margaret works for the American Society of Clinical Oncology and lives in Alexandria with her husband Dan and daughter Hannah.
APRIL 2017 – Nina Walsh
Nina Walsh has been donating to Alice’s Kids since 2012. She first heard about us through a post on Facebook and after some research into what we do she was hooked. Asked why she was drawn to Alice’s Kids, Nina stated “As a mom, I love ot help kids in need and I believed Alice’s Kids was a perfect way to do this. I also know One of the founders so I was confident the funds would go where they were supposed to go.
She has used social media avenues to spread the word about Alice’s Kids and is an avid user of Amazon Smile with AK as her designated charity. Nina is a retired Federal Employee, mother of four and grandmother to seven. She currently lives in Ridge, NY with her husband, but “snowbirds” to Gulfport, FL.