Imagine a child who wakes up knowing he will head off to school without any school supplies, for whatever reason, but usually because his parents can’t afford them.  How much courage does it take to get up, get dressed, and head off to school anyway, empty handed?  This courageous young person is what inspires and drives us.  Keiki Cupboard has been providing school supplies for long enough in 14 schools now, to have gathered a few FAQ’s and one request from these young people.

But first, here is how it works:  Keiki Cupboard is a storage unit, usually, actually a cupboard, filled with ten of every single item required by its home school.  The children who receive supplies out of the cupboard are discovered by the adults in their midst: teachers, counselors, PCNCs, nurses and aides.   In the quiet privacy of the office where the Cupboard is located, the child is handed a  new backpack, and watches as the adult pulls the supplies for his class out of row upon row of new stacked items.
At this point, the frequently asked questions begin:  First, with alot of anxiety, “Do my parents have to pay?”
Answer:  “No.” is met with  relief.
 Second question:  “Can I take them home?”
Answer: “Yes, they are yours.”   More relief.
Then, a thoughtful silence, followed by:  “Leave some for the others.”
Thanks to you, dear supporter, there will always be “some for the others.”

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*Keiki Cupboard is not meant to compete with or supersede any of the fine charities currently focused on donating school supplies.

The sad truth is that many children are still falling through the cracks. Keiki Cupboard will use its unique relationship with the school counselors, administrators and PCNCs to identify those children.

The Cupboard will act as a last resort to provide necessities to children directly through their school staff.

Keiki Cupboard is a certified 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization