We helped our first child, providing case grant funding. In 1998, Nathan (pictured with our founder Neal Patterson) received funding
We created this program to initially provide comfort items to children going through the foster system and have since expanded to offer this program to more children who face difficult circumstances.
We established a second 501(c)3 under the First Hand brand to focus on proactive population health programming, introducing several school health initiatives.
We completed our first free wellness screening at Barry Elementary School.
The first high school class completed our healthy lifestyle program in the Blue Valley (Kansas) School District.
At this point in our history, we helped over 200,000 children through all of our programs. Notably, the Case Grants program awarded $20 million in funding for children's medical needs.
Middle school students in the Raytown, MO, School District participated in our comprehensive social-emotional wellness (mental well-being) program.