Giving Children with Special Needs the Tools for IndependenceThe Kids Equipment Network
If you know a child who is in need of adaptive equipment, please click receive equipment above to complete an application.
DUE to the COVID-19 Outbreak,
We are modifying the TKEN clinics as well as equipment/donation requests. We are taking applications for Adapted Strollers, Bath Seats & Folding Manual Wheelchairs. These will be assessed on a case by case basis. Equipment donations will be addressed on a case by case basis as we currently have very limited storage space. Thank you for your understanding.
Wow… what a year for everyone! So much stress, so much sadness, so much of life out of control, so much support, so much grace, so much work to help our community.
Here at TKEN, we were also impacted in a big way. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, TKEN cancelled multiple Equipment Clinics in 2020. However, there was a little light at the end of the tunnel. TKEN’s Board of Directors put together a plan to safely continue our mission to serve the children. As a result of these efforts, TKEN partnered with NuMotion Lombard and resumed monthly “Strollers Only“ Kids Equipment Clinics at their facility to provide children/families with requested adaptive strollers and adapted hygiene equipment. This pivot allowed us to continue work toward our mission and provide equipment to the children and families that we serve while we observe how the pandemic will affect all of us.
We are thankful for all our families, volunteers, partners and supporters. We are hopeful for the positive outcomes that the future holds.
Dear TKEN Friends and Supporters,
It’s the Season of Giving!
We at TKEN hope this email finds you and your families safe and well! With all that has been happening this year, we have been fortunate enough to rely on our supporters and volunteers to help get us to overcome the challenges of these trying times. For TKEN specifically, this meant that we needed to pivot from our typical business model in order for everyone to stay safe. We have been providing only strollers and bath seats at our clinics throughout 2020. Our volunteers have stepped up in a big way with these changes, and we have been able to continue to help children get the equipment they truly deserve at no cost.
Throughout 2020, we have been able to go through our inventory and distribute the remaining equipment to our clients and other charities, albeit at a limited capacity. We plan to continue with our stroller and bath seat clinics until we can safely get back to our previous level of activities.
Looking for a great way to help support The Kids Equipment Network? Use Amazon Smile while shopping. A portion of each item bought gets donated directly back to TKEN! We also have some really nice merchandise available on our website at www.tken.org, hats, shirts sweatshirts and headbands to keep you warm!!
In addition, a cool opportunity has been made available to TKEN this year. Our newest partner, The Aspen Lane Wine Company based in Aurora, IL has offered FREE wine to those who choose to support TKEN during Giving Tuesday. For those who choose to gift TKEN $250 you will receive a custom TKEN labeled bottle of 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon made from grapes from Walla Walla, Washington. For $500, the supporter will receive a 1.5-liter bottle of the Cab with the custom TKEN label. For $1000, one will receive a 3-liter Jeroboam sized bottle of Cab with a custom TKEN label; this size bottle will be waxed dipped. If you would like to simply buy wine from the winery, TKEN benefits greatly from these purchases as well! How does that work? Aspen Lane Winery is a social enterprise business in that after expenses and taxes all profit (100% of it) goes to their supporting charities like TKEN! Please visit https://www.aspenlanewinecompany.com/tken to purchase individual bottles and check out the TKEN custom label as well as comparing the size of the different bottles. Nothing is cooler than a 3-liter Jeroboam to be shared during a Holiday party!
We have seen so many ways that our friends, families, volunteers, and supporters have given their time, talent, and resources to TKEN in order to continue helping us with our mission to help the children. If you would like to learn more about how to help us out, head over to our website at www.tken.org for more information.
We thank you all for your ongoing friendship & support in helping us to help the kids.
Your friends at The Kids Equipment Network
Our Mission and Vision
As a non-profit 501c3, we’re dedicated to connecting children with special needs to durable, adaptive equipment that helps them thrive. By growing our financial resources, we’re better able to provide equipment to every family with little to no funding that requests assistance at no cost. This helps kids with special needs—from birth to age 21—embrace their lives and become active, independent members of their communities.
These are certainly uncharted waters for all of us.
We at TKEN are feeling the stresses of our new reality.
Please know that we are mindful of all that is not being accomplished at this time but would like to acknowledge all of the heroic work that is being done. Our first responders, healthcare workers, trunk drivers, delivery drivers, cashiers, cooks and custodians!!! Also, all of the parents who are now being teachers, caretakers, babysitters and new referees!!
Music – not cancelled
Family – not cancelled
Reading – not cancelled
Pets – not cancelled
Singing – not cancelled
Laughing – not cancelled
Hope – not cancelled
Love – not cancelled
Let’s embrace what we have and keep everyone safe!
See you all as soon as we are able!!
We Need Space!
One of our top priorities is finding space (at little or no cost) to store our equipment. We’re also looking for a realtor or landlord who can help us acquire a building or piece of property to call home. This would provide us with the necessary space to store our equipment and hold our monthly equipment clinics.
Dedicated TKEN volunteers
Years of service
Pieces of equipment donated
I cannot describe in words how thankful I am to your foundation for providing my little girl with the equipment she needed. My daughter Jaiden, has a power chair and we needed a back up manual chair for when the power chair has issues. We are so grateful to have found another one thanks to your foundation.
Amy S., TKEN Parent
Our kids’ success is our success
From manual wheelchairs to customized standing equipment, our families know what they need. And for more than a decade, we’ve been here to listen and connect them with the tools to help kids succeed. For every smile and every movement made easier, our kids remind us why we do what we do.
Thank You to Our Sponsors
Donate to change a child’s life
A piece of adaptive equipment often means the difference between a life of limitations and a life of independence for a child. Please consider a monetary or equipment donation today.
Illinois ABLE program
ATTENTION ILLINOIS RESIDENTS!!!!! Illinois State Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs and the State Treasurer’s office developed the The Illinois ABLE program, a tax-advantaged investment program that provides persons with blindness or disabilities the option to save for disability-related expenses without putting their federal means tested benefits at risk. Call (888) 609-8683 or learn more at https://illinoistreasurer.gov/Individuals/ABLE