Giving Children with Special Needs the Tools for Independence

The Kids Equipment Network

If you know a child who is in need of adaptive equipment, please click receive equipment above to complete an application.

Access Equipment

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.

WE ARE POSTPONING ALL EQUIPMENT DONATIONS AND REQUESTS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!!!!

 

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.

As the holiday season begins to reach us, we would like to remind you that Giving Tuesday is approaching! This is a day that encourages all to support their favorite causes in any way possible. Also a great way to help support The Kids Equipment Network is to use Amazon Smile while doing your holiday 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.

Be safe,
Be well,
Your friends at The Kids Equipment Network

 
It’s that time of year again! Whether you’re shopping early for Christmas gifts, or trying to score some Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, use www.smile.amazon.com and select The Kids Equipment Network as your charitable organization and we will receive part of each purchase!
 
This is a great way to give back, especially around this time with Giving Tuesday also approaching!
 
Also be on the lookout for a special TKEN holiday shopping surprise coming soon!
 
Be safe, be well,
Your Friends at TKEN
We have come to the end of an era…TKEN clinics at Alden Village have come to an end.  Due to Covid & other circumstances, we have had to give up our inventory space at Alden Village.  We would like to thank Alden Village & the Alden Network for their years of support.  TKEN would like to thank the following companies and friends for their help & support in moving over 1000 pieces of equipment over the past 2 Saturdays:  Porter Pipe for moving & logistics; NuMotion Lombard; National Seating & Mobility; Causes for Change; Travelon Corp; also the countless friends, therapists & volunteers who showed up to lend a hand!  As a result of their efforts, much of the equipment will see another smiling face to help. In the meantime, TKEN has pivoted to “strollers only” clinics & bath seats until next spring.  If you are in need of a stroller or bath seat, please go to our website at www.tken.org to fill out an equipment request.  Additionally, we are looking for potential in-kind storage spaces for future inventory…if you are able to help please contact Tim at [email protected].  We thank you all for your ongoing friendship & support in helping us to help the kids.  Be safe, be well…your friends at the Kids Equipment Network!
 
Head to our Facebook page to see some pictures of the move! TKEN FACEBOOK
 
P.S. If you need a wheelchair or would like to donate equipment, please contact Devices for the Disabled; we hope to be back to all of that in the spring 2021!
 
 
 
 
We are still not able to provide our full menu of services due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
 
We are planning on monthly “Stroller only” clinics through the end of the year! If you have any stroller needs, please complete an equipment request form at www.tken.org. For those of you on the wait list you should be hearing from our staff in the next few weeks.
 
Thank you for your patience during this trying time!
 
Be safe, be well…your friends at TKEN!

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!!

Breaking news:

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!!

Monthly Clinics

Our ongoing monthly equipment clinics are our mission in action to supply requested equipment to the children that we serve. Whether you need to Access Equipment or want to Become a Volunteer, TKEN is always happy to hear from you!

Become a Volunteer

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.

I Can Help!

Kids served

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. 

Donate Today

Illinois ABLE Program LogoIllinois 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