Krochet Kids International Give it Back

Working together, nonprofit Krochet Kids International (KKi), buy-one-give-one shoe store TOMS and sports retailer Active Ride Shop held the third annual Give benefit concert on July 18 at the Irvine Spectrum Center in Irvine, California. With live music by VOiD808, Crash Kings, Pawnshop Kings, The Daylights, and Dustin Kensrue of Thrice, it was an event for the books.

The 1,500 attendees supported KKi’s economic development programs and TOMS Shoes’ donations through the suggested $2 entry donation, more than $3000 in Krochet Kids product sales, and two murals and fifteen mannequins by Rock Harbor Artists to be auctioned at a later date. The Give event will make a lasting impression not only through raising funds but also through raising awareness of poverty in Africa. “All of our profits go back into the program in Northern Uganda. They pay the woman’s wages and implement programs that we have in place to enrich their lives and their families’ lives,” says Brad Holdgrafer of KKi. The program is designed to provide a reliable salary and to empower participants toward future independent entrepreneurship. It currently aids ten women in Northern Uganda who meet to crochet hats and other wares daily.

TOMS Shoes sold 300 pairs of customizable shoes, which translates into 300 pairs of shoes donated to children in need. “It was incredible to see three separate companies all with a heart to help people, working together and all with a good spirit,” says Holdgrafer. “The vibes were good, the people were good, the bands were great and the art was phenomenal.”

This Saturday, August 1, KKi is holding a benefit party in Seattle, Washington at the BoConcept design and furniture gallery from 8 to 11 p.m. Expect music by DJ duo Wulfpak, discount sample sales, contests and dancing. Considering how well the Give event went, no one in Seattle should miss this one.

Krochet Kids International
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