Our mission is to help those in need by providing them with donated gift cards for use at various retailers across the country. We have a special place in our hearts for those who wish to use our donated gift cards to help others in need. That’s why we were thrilled when we received a request for gift cards from Linda Gianni. As the founder and chief operator of Linda’s Kids in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she helps children in need who may otherwise get overlooked.
After talking with Linda about her organization’s needs, we sent her approximately $200 in assorted gift cards for use at retailers in the Milwaukee area. We thought you’d like to know a little more about Linda’s Kids:
Gift Card Giver: How did “Linda’s Kids” get its start?
Linda: I’ve been doing security work in the Milwaukee public schools for many years. Early on, I noticed that some kids would begin the school year without the items necessary to get off to a good start. Their families simply did not have the resources to pay for basic items like school supplies or adequate clothing. I felt I had to do something. I began collecting donations for them to try to meet their needs, and I’ve been doing it now for nearly twenty years. About five years ago, I officially formed “Linda’s Kids” as a not-for-profit organization.
GCG: How do you meet the kids’ needs?
Linda: Our organization collects and distributes necessities like personal hygiene products, school supplies, coats and other clothing, and even Christmas presents at holiday time.
GCG: What is the biggest need right now?
Linda: Right now, the kids I see need new socks and underwear. But the kids’ needs change over time. That’s why gift cards are great! They allow me to shop for appropriate items to meet a specific need at any given time.
GCG: What else would you like people to know about Linda’s Kids?
Linda: It is a small operation. I work a full-time job in addition to running Linda’s Kids. Also, I try to be as thrifty as possible with gift cards and other monetary donations. When I received over $200 in gift cards from Gift Card Giver, I decided to wait until the weekend to drive to an outlet mall where prices are cheaper. On behalf of the kids, I want to get the most out of those gift cards.
GCG: Anything else you would like to share?
Linda: I want to offer my sincere thanks to Gift Card Giver for providing me with gift cards, and to everyone else who has donated to Linda’s Kids. Please keep on giving!
If you would like to help Linda’s Kids directly, please contact Linda Gianni at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to contribute gift cards or make a monetary donation to Gift Card Giver so that we may help other organizations like Linda’s Kids, please contact us at email@example.com. You may send gift cards to us at: Gift Card Giver, P.O.Box 17920, Atlanta, Georgia 30316. We welcome all (used or unused) gift cards issued by any retail store with any remaining balance (even a penny!). Thank you.