Nonprofit rocks in serving underprivileged children at Christmas

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Shelly Birkelo
Thursday, June 5, 2014

JANESVILLE—There are about 200 days until Christmas, but Cindi Dilley said it's never too early to think about helping others during the holidays.

The Janesville woman is founder and president of Rockin' Kids Christmas, a new charitable organization that provides underprivileged children of Rock County with a bag of gifts at Christmas.

“We're raising funds through the year by hosting fun, family activities to be able to fund Christmas for children not necessarily able to receive Christmas gifts due to family hardship,” she said.

A May 31 fundraiser featured tractor pulls, vendors, a textile recycling drive, raffles and live entertainment.

More events are planned for June, August and September.

Dilley, 44, worked with Hope for the Holidays the past five years but found the December month-long project too stressful to provide Christmas for more than 100 children.

“Rockin' Kids Christmas will raise funds all year around so everybody can enjoy the holidays,” she said.

The group works with Child Protective Services of Rock County to get names of children in need.

“I want to be able to report in November that I have enough for these kids, get their names, then volunteers can do the shopping,” Dilley said.

Rockin' Kids Christmas also teaches children the spirit of giving.

“It allows younger kids to continue giving throughout the year while remembering there are kids out there who don't have anything,” Dilley said.

One board member's child is selling boxes of candy bars. For every box sold, the 10-year-old is able to provide Christmas for a child, Dilley said.

“We want every child in Rock County to experience Christmas,” she said.

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