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.

Our Mission background-bear

To support underprivileged children and their families in Colorado by providing toys, food, and more during the holidays, school supplies and clothing during the school year, and assisting families through community outreach, financial planning and professional support.

View Our Annual Report to see how Kenzi’s Causes has made an impact in the community.

113,006 new items were given away to children in need because of Dolls for Daughters and Kenzi’s Kidz. 29,578 of those items were given away at our Packz4Kidz event in August and 83,428 of those items were given away in December through our Dolls for Daughters & Toys for Boys Program.

65.5% of the families served at our toy shop make $15,000 or less a year. 65.5%
54.1% of these families have 3-5 children. 54.1%
52.4% of these families receive government assistance. 52.4%
60.7% of the families attended our toy shop for the first time 60.7%

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Our Toy Shop was staffed by over 500 volunteers

 

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11,512 children were provided toys and more in 2017

79,739 new items were given away to children in need because of Dolls for Daughters and Kenzi’s Kidz. 4,019 of those items were given at away at our Packz4Kidz event in August and 75,720 of those items were given away in December through our Dolls for Daughters & Toys for Boys Program.

66.8% of the families served at our toy shop make $15,000 or less a year. 66.8%
55.3% of these families have 3-5 children 55.3%
53.3% of these families receive government assistance 53.3%
76.7% of the families attended our toy shop for the first time. 76.7%

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Our Toy Shop was staffed by over 300 volunteers

 

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8,983 children were provided toys and more in 2017

45,500 new items were given away to children in need because of Dolls for Daughters and Kenzi’s Kidz (toys, stocking stuffers, books/bookmarks, and toothbrush/toothpaste kits). 44,159 new items were given away at our 6th Annual Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Toys Shop on December 5, 2015

66% of these families make $15,000 or less a year 65.9%
61% of these families have 3-5 children between the ages of 0 and 18 61%
55% of these families receive government assistance 54.7%
83% of the families attended our toy shop for the first time 83%

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Our Toy Shop was staffed by over 350 volunteers

 

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5,703 children were provided toys and more by Dolls for Daughters in 2015

24, 351 new items were given away to children in need because of Dolls for Daughters and Kenzi’s Kidz (toys, stocking stuffers, books/bookmarks, and toothbrush/toothpaste kits). 18,072 new items were given away at our 5th Annual Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Toys Shop on December 6, 2014

68% of these families make $15,000 or less a year 68%
61% of these families have 3-5 children between the ages of 0 and 18 61%
56% of these families receive government assistance 56%
77% of the families attended our toy shop for the first time 77%

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Our Toy Shop was staffed by over 350 volunteers

 

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5,269 children were provided toys and more by Dolls for Daughters in 2014

21,337 new items were given away to children in need because of Dolls for Daughters and Kenzi’s Kidz (toys, stocking stuffers, books/bookmarks, and toothbrush/toothpaste kits). 20,2091 new items were given away at our 4th Annual Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Toys Shop on December 7, 2013

78% of these families make $15,000 or less a year 78%
58% of these families have 3-5 children between the ages of 0 and 18 58%
60% of these families receive government assistance 60%
73% of the families attended our toy shop for the first time 73%

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Our Toy Shop was staffed by over 250 volunteers

 

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4,200 children were provided toys and more by Dolls for Daughters in 2013

23,912 new items were given away to children in need because of Dolls for Daughters and Kenzi’s Kidz (toys, stocking stuffers, books/bookmarks, and toothbrush/toothpaste kits). 23,096 new items were given away at our 3rd Annual Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Toys Shop on December 8, 2012

70% of these families make $15,000 or less a year 70%
55% of these families have 3-5 children between the ages of 0 and 18 55%
70% of these families receive government assistance 70%

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Our Toy Shop was staffed by over 200 volunteers

 

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3,916 children were provided toys and more by Dolls for Daughters in 2013

8,080 new toys were given to children in need because of Dolls for Daughters and Kenzi’s Kidz. 7,343 new toys were given away at our 2nd Annual Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Toy Shop on December 10, 2011.

71% of these families make $15,000 or less a year 71.4%
68% of these families have 3-5 children between the ages of 0 and 18 67.8%
63% of these families receive government assistance 62.6%

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Our Toy Shop was staffed by over 150 volunteers