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12/26/2012 9:50:00 AM
These 'Kids Care Too'
From left: Blain Goodman, in his first year with Kids Care Too; and founders Chance Snow, Cindy Cooley, Quinten Cooley.
From left: Blain Goodman, in his first year with Kids Care Too; and founders Chance Snow, Cindy Cooley, Quinten Cooley.
Courtesy Photo/Cynthia Cooley
This group of teens delivered Christmas gifts to homebound seniors this past week.
Courtesy Photo/Cynthia Cooley
This group of teens delivered Christmas gifts to homebound seniors this past week.

Diane DeHamer
Feature Writer


Christmas time is known as a time of giving - to family, friends, and those in need. This giving is not only for presents, but of time and love to others.

"Kids Care Too" was started about seven years ago by Cindy Cooley, her son Quinten, 14, and her nephew Chance, 16.

"I wanted my kids doing something like this because I wanted them to know what it's like to give, and that we are obligated as members of this community to help each other," said Cindy.

The teens had a little trouble getting Kids Care started because of their age.

"We first went to the food bank, but we weren't able to help because we were kids. So we went to the senior center and Cyndi Thomas gave us the okay to do something for the homebound seniors," said Quinten.

Besides having fund raisers at Cindy's work to buy things for the seniors, Kids Care gets donations from local businesses.

"The donations we get every year help us buy things like hats, gloves, socks and flashlights," Chance said.

Kids Care has grown quite a bit since it was started seven years ago.

"In year one we had 20 bags, and on year seven, 100 bags. I'm real excited because now we not only deliver to Chino Valley but also to seniors in Prescott," Quinten said.

"I don't want this to be restricted to just Chino Valley and Prescott, I'm hoping it goes nationwide," Chance added.

Quinten and Chance sadi they really enjoy gathering the gifts and treats for the seniors each Christmas.

"Doing this gives me a better Christmas because I know I helped make those seniors' Christmas happier, and I feel like a better person at the end of the day," said Quinten.

The kids really do have a fun time getting into the Christmas spirit by doing this for the homebound.

"I like packing these bags because I know that some senior is going to enjoy unpacking it," Chance said.

Cindy is grateful that as teenagers the boys still want to give of themselves.

"I think they set a great example for other kids," she said.

Teens or adults who would like to help with Kids Care can call 928-830-0195.


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