Dolls for Daughters® was founded in 2007 after Jessica Bachus’ daughter Kenzi was stillborn at 24 weeks. Overcome with grief, Jessica felt compelled to channel her emotions into something that would honor Kenzi’s memory. With this notion, Dolls for Daughters® was created so that Jessica and her family could provide dolls to young girls at Christmastime who would otherwise go without.
Jessica collected over 150 dolls the first year. Since then Dolls for Daughters® has come a long way. In 2008, over 500 dolls were collected; in 2009 1,100 and the year Dolls for Daughters® and Kenzi’s Kidz became a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. In 2010, more than 4,000 dolls and toys were given away to many Denver families. In 2017 Dolls for Daughters® provided toys and more to 11,512 children in the state of Colorado. Since 2007 more than 47,200 children in Colorado have been given toys and more from this program.
In June 2018 Dolls for Daughters® & Kenzi’s Kidz became Kenzi’s Causes. This change was made to encompass our vision for the future and the addition of other programs that impact low-income children in Colorado. Moving forward our programs will remain the same but we will be known as Kenzi’s Causes.
In 2017 our Dolls for Daughters® and Toys for Boys® Program operated 5 toy shops in the state on the first Saturday in December. These Toy Shops operate in Denver, Fort Collins, Longmont, Colorado Springs and Rifle. At this annual event, parents come and shop for new gifts for their children and are able to select any new toy we have for their child. In addition to new gifts, each child receives a toothbrush/toothpaste kit and a new book.
Our Dolls for Daughters® and Toys for Boys® Program provides more than 5,000 new toys to these organizations each year in addition to our toy shop: Catholic Charities , Denver Children’s Home, Families Forward, Jewish Family Services, Crossroads Safehouse in Fort Collins, Rocky Mountain Community Properties in Weld County and Mountain Family Center in Grand County. We have been partnering with many of these agencies since 2007. In 2017 we provided assistance to 23 nonprofits in the state and 2 low income schools.
In 2010 Kenzi’s Kidz was launched which is a program that helps relieve the financial burdens of low-income families who are taking the necessary steps to create a stable environment for their children. Kenzi’s Kidz gives the children in these families the fundamental items needed to succeed in school, such as school supplies, clothing, extracurricular activities and birthday and holiday gifts for a year. Currently, Kenzi’s Kidz sponsors five families who qualify for the program.
In 2016 Packz4Kidz was launched to provide backpacks to children outside of our Kenzi’s Kidz program and ensure they would start the school year with new school supplies. Since then, more than 1,100 children have been given backpacks full of new school supplies, toothbrush/toothpaste kits, lunchboxes and water bottles. It is our goal to grow this program to be as large as our Dolls for Daughters® and Toys for Boys® Program.
If you would like to get more involved, please email us at info@KenzisCauses.org.