MARK YOUR CALENDAR! The 14th Annual Ice Cream Social benefiting Kate’s Kart is Saturday, June 25, 2022! Our family-oriented event is our largest fundraiser! Through partnerships with local ice cream shops, we are able to safely host our event and raise awareness of Kate's Kart as well as drive patrons to our local businesses for a sweet treat to purchase.
Pre-Order the 2022 Ice Cream Social T-Shirt! Every purchase goes directly to support our mission of providing free books to hospitalized children. Youth and Adult sizes available.
We are honored to have received the 2021 Torch Award for Ethics from the Northern Indiana Better Business Bureau. This award is the most prestigious honor BBB can present to an organization for their dedication to integrity and ethical practices.
If you shop at Kroger, supporting Kate’s Kart is easy! Simply link your Kroger Plus Card to our organization, and from that point on, a percentage of your purchase will be donated directly to Kate’s Kart! Kroger Community Rewards requires re-enrollment every year. The time to re-enroll is NOW!
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Kate's Kart is all about books...and smiles! It's a simple idea, really. Through the gifting of a brand new book, it is our goal to brighten the day of a hospitalized child. Whether that child is scared, hurting or just bored, it is our mission to make his or her day just a little bit better. Books are a powerful tool and can help the child feel comforted, distracted and loved in an environment that may be just a little bit overwhelming.
|On April 10, 2018 I had an emergency c-section to have our beautiful baby girl. She was 11 weeks early due preclampsia. Ryann was born at 2lbs 3oz. She was in the NICU for 8 weeks. Every time we would visit during her stay we would come into the room to a new book. We would sit there and read it while visiting. Her last week our other daughter (Emily, 7yrs old) got to finally visit her baby sister. While visiting she read every book out loud to baby Ryann. It is these priceless moments that make you realize how blessed you truly are. Kate’s Kart gave us that glimpse of happiness while reading the cute little books. Thank you!|
Jalen has been a HUGE supporter of Kate’s Kart donating over 1120 books to date. It all started when he got his tonsils out and received a book. Since that time he has “paid it forward” and then some!View All Testimonials
|We are so thankful for the incredibly gracious charity – Kate’s Kart! Our baby girl barely survived a traumatic birth experience. Due to her critical condition, we were not able to touch or hold our baby girl for the first several days. The only thing we could do was talk, sing and read to her. The night she was born, the nurse brought us a few books from Kate’s Kart. That was the first experience we had with our daughter. Miraculously she continued to improve each day. By the end of our stay at Dupont Hospital, our daughter had compiled a collection of over 30 books, thanks to Kate’s Kart. Kate’s Kart will certainly be a memorable part of our NICU stay, one that we are very grateful for.|
My Daughter was born unexpectedly 7 weeks early, Kate’s Kart was such a blessing for me while she was in the NICU. I am a very active reader and enjoy all books, one thing I loved doing was reading to my daughter even when she was in my belly. I always looked forward to getting a new book from Kate’s Kart and I always waited excitedly for them to come to our room. If I wasn’t in the room when they stopped by they would always leave me a book, I loved the surprise waiting for me. Kate’s Kart helped me so much during such a hard time and I want to personally thank you so much. God Bless all of you at Kate’s KartView All Testimonials
Our daughter was born a micro preemie at 28 weeks, so her lungs were not as strong as most babies. When COVID hit our world, she ended up contracting COVID pneumonia and was in the hospital for 8 days. From the minute we were admitted to the ER we received a Kate’s Kart book from a close friend who is a nurse in the PICU. The adorable touch and feel book put a smile on our sweet girls face who was having a hard time breathing. It was a great distraction from all the pokes and fighting with the nose cannula. Every day she looked forward to mommy or daddy reading her a new book that she now keeps in her bookcase at home and will forever cherish. We love being able to give back to this charity and hope it brings a smile and joy to other littles as well! We are very grateful and thankful for this organization.View All Testimonials
Johnny was born on July 6, 2017 at Dupont Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN. He was born at 31 weeks and was 2lbs 9oz. When he came into the world, his Dad and I were scared beyond words. I didn’t get to see him for 24 hours and I remember the first time going in to see him, I asked his Dad where the book “Muddy Paws” came from…he said he wasn’t sure…The next day, another book arrived…and by this time, we were both curious, so we asked his nurse. She told us the story behind Kate’s Kart and we couldn’t believe the generosity behind it. We had a 52 day NICU stay and accumulated 30 books. We can’t thank Kate’s Kart enough for providing us with a new book to read to Johnny just about every other day or so. Johnny enjoys being read to and I’ll make sure to share the story with him when he’s older.View All Testimonials
Our first daughter was in the NICU for 2 nights. My wife and I were both a wreck during this time. As she got better we were given a great children’s book by Kate’s Kart. I remember reading this to her and seeing how intently she was listening and looking at my wife and I. This was the first time I knew everything would be alright. This was a wonderful gift. Thanks for this moment that will always stay with me.View All Testimonials
My 3 year old son had to come to the ER, which was pretty scary for him and for me. Soon the nurse came in and asked him if he’d like to pick out a book which he was so excited about. Reading it to him really helped calm both our nerves. Thank you so much for what you do.View All Testimonials
One of the first times my daughter had to go to the hospital and stay for several days, Kate’s Kart came around and offered my daughter a book. Considering we didn’t have a chance to grab anything from our house, we didn’t have anything to entertain our daughter as tests were being ran and strangers walked in and out constantly. There was a book I read to my daughter, Hope, at our house everyday. To our great surprise, Kate’s Kart had that exact book! Hope was super excited and made the transition from ER to actual hospital stay that much less stressful. I actually asked the woman what was Kate’s Kart about and when she told me the story behind that, I almost cried. It is very much the little things that make a difference. This is one of those things.View All Testimonials
Over the years, we have learned that there are specific books which are quickly chosen off the karts and bring the most joy to the children. In a hospital environment which can be very scary and foreign, book with characters that the children know and love bring the most comfort.
When you donate dollars, we are able to purchase the books in the most demand. We know which specific type of book is needed at the time and will be placed immediately on the karts to brighten the day of hospitals children.
Plus, due to arrangements with book sellers and publishers, Kate’s Kart is able to purchase books tax free and at a 20-60% discount from a normal consumer. This means your donated dollar can buy twice as many books.
We understand that many people love to go shopping and like to get their children involved in purchasing books. We ask that you keep these few things in mind when donating books: