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A Precious Child

Children are the future and, as such, need nurturing and protection now so that they can grow into upright members of society. Carina Martin—CEO, Manager, and Founder of A Precious Child—is very passionate about children and ensuring that children and families in need meet their day to day needs.

Founded back in 2008, what started in Carina’s garage has blossomed into an integral organization that helps children. A Precious Child adopts a collaborative service delivery model where they partner with over 500 agency partners in efforts to identify children and families that need their help.

There are 10 imperative programs that A Precious Child provides to fill in the gaps and ensure that these children and families receive a holistic continuum of care. Through their services, Carina and her team are helping break the cycle of poverty that plagues many families today. She is dedicated to ensuring that families receive the support they need.

A Precious Child provides case management services and basic essentials like school supplies, clothes, toiletries, diapers, and gifts for the holidays. In addition to this, they also provide workforce development training, mentorship, and extracurricular activities that aren’t available to less fortunate children.

Through their services, Carina and her team are helping break the cycle of poverty that plagues many families today.

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Through their efforts, they have provided 13,191 children with Christmas gifts—each receiving a gift worth $50. Through volunteer programs and collaborating with other nonprofits, Denver Metro community greatly supports the foundation, especially during the global Covid-19 pandemic.

A Precious Child has distributed over 21,670 backpacks and school supplies to churches and school children. In 2020, A Precious Child case management and wrap-around services spiked to a 1,657% increase compared to the previous year, we have provided 38,609 children and adults with COVID-19 Emergency Response kits including hygiene products, cleaning supplies and PPE. We have provided 3,169 infants with 199,401 diapers and 1,685 packs of wipes, helping families during this time when 52% of the families reported someone in their home lost a job due to COVID-19, 67% of the families we serve have had their work hours cut and 79% lost income.

The foundation, according to an article by NBA, during the ninth annual give SPORTS event served the public through giving out new and slightly used sportswear and equipment gear to help support sports. Sports help children adapt to different institutions and know how to cope, as well as improve on their behavior, not forgetting keep them fit.

 The foundation has an annual fill a backpack drive which essentially involves filling up a bag with school supplies which are then distributed to children in need through the resource center. The care and willingness to assist from the people of the Denver Metro community is what allows A Precious Child fulfill the needs of the needy in their community.

Nathalie Nicole Smith states that working hard and staying true to yourself are sure ways to win in life.

The fact that Carina first started the foundation in a garage proves that it does not matter where you begin as long as you have a vision and are willing to help others.