The Inspiration

In February of 2010, founder Jenny Kennedy came across an article that really inspired her. It was about a non-profit organization across the country who threw birthday parties for homeless children. Jenny decided that this was something she wanted to take on herself. After running the idea by her daughter, Shelly Marlowe, and her daughter-in-law, Jana Coffin, they decided to form Making Kids Count, Inc.

The Mission

To make the lives of children and their families a little brighter by focusing on their individual needs with the help of volunteers.

What We Do

We look to provide positive experiences and to equip children with everyday necessities enabling them to succeed.

From Comfort Kits to After School Tutoring to our Summer Food Program, Making Kids Count offers different programs to help children ages 0-18. See the links above to learn more about our programming.

Making Kids Count has two private donors that fund payroll, rent and utilities, meaning that your donation goes directly back into the community you love, creating the largest impact possible!

How You Can Help


We have come a long way since we incorporated Making Kids Count in July of 2010 and we have not done it on our own! Making Kids Count is extremely proud to say that 100% of the money that we raise goes directly to our programs as we have two private donors that fund our rent, payroll and utilities.

If you are interesting in donating program goods, please see the list below for our most current list of needs!

Diapers – Any size, any brand! We deliver close to 13,000 a month, so diapers are always our biggest need.

Toiletries – Toothpaste, toothbrushes, deordorant, shampoo, conditioner, etc. for our Comfort Kits!.

School Supplies – For our Comfort Kits and Back to School Bags!

New Toys – With our Beatitude House Birthday Program, we can always use new, unwrapped toys.

Baby Necessities – We can always use baby wipes, shampoos and lotions for our baby bundles.


We couldn’t reach as many children as we do without the help of our amazing volunteers! We are always in need of volunteers to keep our events and programs running smoothly. Make sure to check out the list to the right for all of our upcoming volunteer opportunities. Remember to always contact us to make sure that we still have spots available! Thanks for your help!