East Enders who would like to get involved with Zimkids have several ways to do so.
“You can have a relationship with Zimkids Orphan Trust in so many different ways,” said Peconic Community School’s Sharon Cook. “You can build a relationship with one child through a doll, or with several children through several dolls. You can Skype and see the kids; you can arrange for Dennis and Tinashe to visit your school. There are so many ways to get involved.”
Zimkids is primarily funded by small donations. “We try to keep it simple,” Dennis Gaboury said. “I want all our donations to go to the kids. And it does. All administrative requirements are carried out by volunteers. The way we do it, 100 percent of the money Tinashe and I raise goes for education, medical and nutritional programs for the kids. And, with the exception of Tinashe and Philip, our program manager, our staff is composed of orphans who have grown up with Zimkids.”
Mr. Gaboury and Tinashe Basa will be on the East End through early December, visiting schools and fostering connections with their kids in Zimbabwe. Schools, charities or church groups can reach Mr. Gaboury at dennis@Zimkids.com.
Zimkids is always looking for laptops, school supplies, art supplies, clothing and basic medical supplies. To learn more about how to help, visit the Zimkids website at www.Zimkids.com.
To purchase a doll, contact Mr. Gaboury before January 15.
Tax-deductible donations can be made by check to Zimkids Orphan Foundation at 18 Roxbury Mountain Road, Hobart, NY 13788, or by PayPal at www.Zimkids.com/paypal.