Northland Early Education Center
"We greatly appreciate Royals Charities and the Royals Alumni Association choosing to support Northland Early Education Center's fully inclusive early education and therapy services program for children who have special needs and typical needs in the Kansas City Northland community. Parker, in the Orange Orangutans classroom said of Royals Charities' Giving Week stop, "This is the best day of my life."" - Andrea McKown, Development Director, Northland Early Education Center
Northland Early Education Center provides quality early education and therapy services for children age's birth to give who have special needs and typical needs, in a fully inclusive classroom environment in order for them to reach their full potential.
Kansas Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI)
"I want to thank Royals Charities for helping contribute to the Barton-Ross Complex [field renovation]. It is a really nice field for us to play on that's close to home. I also love that the Royals have given the RBI program opportunities to get better. I look up to the Royals because they are confident and determined in what they do. The clinics that the Royals have offered us are really helpful to helping me learn more about baseball. I want to be a Royals player one day and do the things they do to help other kids. They are my role models." - Kameron, Kansas RBI league member
Kansas RBI supports youth and families from underserved communities who are interested in participating in baseball and softball programs while growing academically. Junior RBI is currently for boys and girls ages 3-15 and includes t-ball, coach pitch, and kid pitch divisions. RBI is for boys ages 13-18.
The University of Kansas Hospital
"In June 2016, my daughter and her husband welcomed a new baby at 26 weeks and five days of gestation only weighing 1 lb. 3 oz. Needless to say, this was an emergency situation, and we came very close to losing both of them. My daughter is doing well and healing, and their little girl is doing wonderfully. Thank you for providing the Angel Eye Camera System at KU Hospital. It is so nice to be able to actually see her and watch her move [while outside of the hospital]. Our extended family has been able to check on her and keep up with her too. I just wanted you to know that you are making a difference for one beautiful, very tiny baby girl and her family." -A Loving Grandmother
As a Level III nursery, KU hospital is one of the few in Greater Kansas City that provides comprehensive neonatal care in one location. Mothers of premature or critically ill infants can deliver, recover and receive help caring for their babies without ever leaving the birthing area.
"I recently attended the Warriors' Ascent program in Kansas City. This was truly one of two last resorts to heal my heart and find peace. It was difficult and scary but worth every second. I felt like I lost all purpose and was just living in a body waiting to die someday. I have kids, so I needed something to show me a way to be happy again. I have some rough things going on in my life, but now, optimism has taken over the hopeless feelings I had not more than one month ago. Thank you for what you have done. Some of us are walking dead, but now, I am no longer one of them!" -Phillip Shaw, participant, Warriors' Ascent
Warriors' Ascent provides a powerful healing experience for active duty military and veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress. Royals Charities has supported their efforts to save lives in Kansas City through financial grant support.
The Dream Factory of Greater Kansas City
"The support Dream Factory receives, not only for every Wednesday home game, but for events year-round, is above and beyond. When we bring a child and the family into the dugout for batting practice, faces light the place up with smiles! It takes the serious issues these kids battle with on a daily basis out of their minds and lets them be special for an amazing Royal experience." -Dan Liston, advisory board and active volunteer.
The Dream Factory of Greater Kansas City is an all-volunteer organization that grants the dreams of seriously and chronically ill children, and has partnered with the Royals for 25 years -- along with receiving a $50,000 grant from Royals Charities in 2015 to help make dreams come true.
Variety Children's Charity of Greater Kansas City
"The Royals and Royals Charities have long championed for all children to Be Active, Be Social and Belong. Through the Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids, an abilities camp for children with special needs, they have created an experience resulting in lifelong memories. Most of the children involved spend a great deal of time on the sidelines, but through these camps, they have a chance to participate at their own level and interact with players in a mentoring and coaching role." -Deborah Wiebrecht, Executive Director, Variety Children's Charity of Greater Kansas City
Drumm Farm Center for Children
When children from Drumm Farm were invited to the Royals Charities Holiday Party, we learned how a child in foster care might not have the same experiences that other children have regularly. A young child told us, "I drank hot chocolate out of a REAL coffee cup!"
Today, Drumm Farm is home to nearly 50 children and provides services to more than 200 while operating a counseling center, animal and produce farm, and the Drumm Farmer's Market. Royals Charities is proud to support the children and the mission of Drumm Farm.