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Our Badges N Kids program is a offered as a program within Black Hills Badges of Hope that helps promote positive interactions between local first responders and area youth. One of the major events hosted each year by the funds in our Badges N Kids Program is our annual Christmas Shopping event, This event is paid for by donations received during our Badges N Kids fundraising campaign that we kick off in October of each year. The Badges N Kids program is a fund that is used all year long for various opportunities to promote positive interactions between first responders and local youth. The program also provides youth opportunities to thrive in the community through sports and activity sponsorship allowing participation they would not otherwise be able to do because of financial hardships experienced by their families.
Thank you for all of the support, in 2022 we were able to support 194 children in the Black Hills Region from 55 different families during Christmas. We assisted another 60 kids directly through donations to various youth programs along with sponsoring family events through The Rapid City Club for Boys program, providing positive interactions for countless kids in the club. We can only do this with the generous support of our donors, who make it all possible.
We would like to thank all of our past donors, individuals, groups and business who have supported us and continue to do so year in and year out. Without this support events like this are not possible. We cannot thank you enough for the investment you continue to make into our communities future.
2022's Christmas Shopping was hosted by Black Hills Badges for Hope and with the help of many generous donors we were able to raise enough funds to fund the entire shopping event. 2021 was a year that seemed like a rebound for all of us, coming off COVID and being back in person made the event that much better. We recognize that families in need struggle on a regular occurrence and our goal has always been to help kids in those homes. Our Badges N Kids program is able to help those kids year around with money donated each year through our annual fundraising campaign. In 2022 we hosted 215 kids and their families with having a joyful Christmas. We are looking forward to 2023.
2021's Christmas Shopping was hosted by Black Hills Badges for Hope and with the help of Power 107.1 KSLT Radio station and their listeners we were able to raise enough funds to fund the entire shopping event. Last year's listeners were the backbone to this event happening and being successful, listeners generosity goes above and beyond each year. 2020 was a weird year for all of us, it was hard for everyone but even harder on those in need. We recognize that families in need struggle on a regular occurrence and our goal has always been to help kids in those homes. Our Badges N Kids program is able to help those kids year around with money donated each year through our annual fundraising campaign.
2020'S Badges N Kids was a huge success in a year of so much uncertainty, 114 kids from 45 different families received gifts delivered to them from first responders all across the Black Hills Region. Check out the awesome news story from our Law Enforcement Partners from the Spearfish Police Department here.
2019's event was hosted by Black Hills Badges for Hope with the help of several corporate sponsors, private donors and volunteers. We chose to expand our reach last year to include several smaller Black Hills area towns. The number of kids we set out to help last Christmas season was 115. It was a very successful year and event. We want to thank all of our past donors and let you know this event was not possible without your support.