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Sunshine Balloon Project

Join us in celebrating the remarkable, resilient and ready children in our Charlottesville community this holiday season by participating in our “Sunshine Balloon Project“.  For a donation of any amount to ReadyKids, we will send you an encouraging sign and a cheery “sunshine” balloon to put on your mailbox as a symbol of kids’ ability to bounce back from adversity. Click “Donate To ReadyKids!” to find out more!


Thanks to WVIR NBC29 for helping us get the word out about our Sunshine Balloon Project! Click here for the full story.

106.1 The Corner

Check out this “Community Corner” segment about the #SunshineBallonProject. Click here for the interview.


Click here to see #SunshineBalloonProject posts on Instagram!


Click here to see #SunshineBalloonProject posts on Facebook!


re·​mark·​able | \ ri-ˈmär-kə-bəl  \: worthy of being or likely to be noticed especially as being uncommon or extraordinary

2020 has been an uncommon and extraordinary year.  A pandemic. The reckoning with our nation’s legacy of racism. An election that split the country. Today’s children will carry the good and the bad of those stories with them into adulthood.


re·​sil·​ient | \ ri-ˈzil-yənt  \: capable of withstanding shock tending to recover from or adjust easily to change

Over and over, what we see in the kids participating in our programs is how quickly they’ve adjusted and faced the next challenge. Parents have lost jobs. School has moved online.  Loved ones have gotten sick.  And yet, they keep showing up for counseling appointments, play groups, and developmental screenings – even if it’s over Zoom and not in person.


\ ˈre-dē  \prepared mentally or physically for some experience or actionprepared for immediate uselikely to do something indicated

In a year filled with so much uncertainty, we want to celebrate the incredible successes we’ve seen in our community’s kids.  Now more than ever, ReadyKids is here to support kids and families to be ready for what comes next.

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