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What is MKC?

Making Kids Count, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the Mahoning Valley that believes that every child deserves to feel special, regardless of circumstances. We have a number of programs that enable us to further our charitable purpose.

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Our Impact

Our programs bring positive emotional experiences to children and their families by supporting everyday needs, boosting confidence, and lifting spirits. We will continue to expand our programs to reach as many people as possible.

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Your Help

With your help, MKC can do great things for our community! We are always in need for great volunteers that feel passionate about our cause. We will post volunteer opportunites on our Facebook site as well as in our monthly e-newsletter.

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News

Mom's program presents anti-bullying message to Boardman second-graders

Vindy.com - Bullying indirectly led to her daughter’s death, says Diane Demetrios. Now Demetrios, of Boardman, is trying to make sure local kids don’t go through what her daughter, Leslie Marie, went through as a child.

Demetrios started Let’s Make a Difference earlier this year in honor of Leslie, who died last year from a drug overdose at age 31.

“She was bullied as a child, [and] had very low self-esteem,” she said. “She would have made better choices” if she hadn’t been bullied.

“So I want to turn it around,” she said.

On Thursday Demetrios, her daughter-in-law, Lora Demetrios, and staff from Making Kids Count, another local organization, stopped by all four of Boardman’s elementary schools to share an anti-bullying message.

Second-graders at the four schools listened as Lora read aloud “Billy Bully,” a children’s counting book about a character who loses his friends when he is mean to them and then gets them back by doing nice things.

Dozens of second-graders at Robinwood Lane Elementary chimed in enthusiastically with the counting passages of the book and watched attentively as the pages turned.

“Act nice,” “be nice” and “apologize” were some of the answers kids gave when Lora asked what the character could do to win his friends back.

“We are all different, and we all can be friends; and you are all special and unique in your own ways,” Lora told the rapt audience after she finished reading the book to them.

At the end of the program, each child received a copy of the book to take home, totaling more than 350 books provided by Let’s Make a Difference and Making Kids Count.

Don Robinson, principal of Robinwood Lane, said bullying is something he and his staff often talk about with students and said a big thing is teaching students the difference between bullying and simply being bothered by someone.

“It has to be repeated over and over again [to be bullying], and don’t let it get to that point,” he said he tells students.

As for Diane, this was not her first visit to Boardman schools. Her daughter went to Stadium Drive Elementary and then Boardman Center Middle School.

“She went to Boardman schools, so that was a reason we chose Boardman,” Diane said.

Diane also set up a $500 scholarship at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center, where Leslie went to high school.

Diane said she would like to expand Let’s Make a Difference and plans to add new things each year.

She is raising money by selling candy bars, which can be found at local businesses including E.J. Hannah, Golf Headquarters and Something New Florist.

Organization Wraps Up Summer Food Program

Vindy.com - Making Kids Count, a local organization founded in 2010, has a clear mission: “To make the lives of children and their families a little brighter by focusing on their individual needs.”

Employees and volunteers from the organization fulfilled that mission this summer by providing 12 Boardman families with groceries every other week since June 5, a program that wrapped up Thursday with one last delivery.

For the whole news story, click the picture above!

Donation Helps with Transition to Foster Care

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Kids in foster care will benefit from a donation made Tuesday to Making Kids Count.

The Young Philanthropist Fund presented a check to the organization for $4,000, which will be used to buy Comfort Kits.

Mahoning County Children Services places 200 children in foster care each year. The children typically leave their homes with just the clothes on their back. The kits help replace items they were forced to leave behind.

“We know that for kids that are being removed from their homes, it is a very vulnerable time in their lives. If we can ease that transition into foster care, we would love to do that and help them,” said Jana Coffin with Making Kids Count. “They love these bags and love having a new, warm blanket, some toys, some coloring books and different things.”

Tuesday’s $4,000 donation will provide 150 comfort kits.

WKBN Interview with Youngstown-Youth Flag Football Association and MKC

On December 20, 2013, the Youngstown-Youth Flag Football Association (Y.Y.F.F.A.) presented a check to Making Kids Count on the morning show! Click the picture above to watch the news segment!

MKC Giving Program Highlighted on Regional Chamber Take 5

In this installment of Take 5 with the Regional Chamber, they take a look at what goes into decorating the Eastwood Mall for the holidays and what the mall has planned for Black Friday. They also visit four local charities that could use your help this holiday season: Making Kids Count, the Beatitude House, Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley and Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County. Click the picture above to watch the video!

Making Kids Count Featured by Good360

Making Kids Count was recently featured on Good360's Blog here!

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