A Statement of Solidarity

The Child Rescue Foundation, staff and volunteers are outraged over the Black lives recently lost to racism, white supremacy, and police brutality and grieve their deaths. We honor them in a tradition of unity; as we say their names, we claim their presence. We vow to continue our work to end violence in their names and in the name of all people of color lost to police brutality. We stand in non violent protest for all peoples, black brown white disabled LGBTQ women and women and families impacted by the horror of domestic violence. All lives matter.

Joanne Kappel Executive Director CRF + The Board of Directors

Our 21 year mission:To establish outreach and referral programs that provide a holistic approach to recovery for youth and families that have been impacted by violence and transition.

We believe every child deserves the basics in life…security, safety, nourishment, love and shelter. This is regardless of the choices their parents/guardians made.

We ask you to share this vision.

We believe every child deserves love, safety, education and support for a healthy childhood, getting them ready to be productive adults in their community.

We ask you to share this vision.

We strive to reduce the amount of dependence on public assistance by filling the gap of needs with donations and support that provide a path to understanding a more self sufficient world. We give a hand up and not a hand out, with families assisting as they can in our support of their family.

We ask you to share this vision.

We are working daily to reduce the number of recidivism in families in the arena of domestic violence and homelessness with counseling, support, referrals and caring with counselors and personnel who can relate on a personal basis with their own personal experiences of recovery.

We ask you to share this vision.

We want to educate our children, and their families, with programs and services designed to promote empathy, peace and self sufficiency.

Let’s help the fill their bucket list, and also to get them a bucket to put it in…

We ask you to share this vision.

Kids Empowering Kids

The Child Rescue Foundation, Inc.

DV and COVID 19 Important UPDATE

We are working with agencies closely, at this time of isolation and being forced to stay inside, possibly with an individual who is feeling more irritated, angry or violent….

Please take a moment and pass this along if you know someone struggling with violence in their relationships, home or work..
This is from Elle magazine.
‘I’m Forced To Be Trapped With Him': For A Domestic Violence Victim, Self-Isolation Is Life Threatening


Cancellation of the 21st Heart of Imagination Day/COVID 19 update and cancellations

We have been so proud of the is amazing project created by our Board Member at Large, Shelley Irish, 21 years ago!

This year, as of May, we will be canceling The Heart of Imagination Day and Art of My Heart for Mothers Day mobile pottery painting. I thank Timothy and Shital and her daughter, plus many more that give up their day to face paint, and amazing creativity, as well!! This event would also lack an enormous fun factor without our magician extroidinaire, Ned Nedbalski, who has give over a decade and a half to making children of all ages squeal with delight at his magic tricks, his gut splitting jokes, and that includes me!

We would not be able to do this event without the support of the Cherry Creek Public Library for 21 years!! Thank you!

I thank Darla and Leigh for their tireless serves on this project and know we will be back in the fall and winter stronger than ever!

We are still working on the Pencil Box Project, so keep posted on that upcoming info!

Reach out today and volunteer if you can!

I hope you support Jewish Family Services as well and log on tho their website for how to volunteer to help families who are hungry.

And as always, if you can support CRF financially, we are in deed grateful so we can get up to steam soon and continue the amazing work the volunteers, board and staff are doing!

We all appreciate you!Be safe and be well… we will keep in touch!The Board of Directors

Joanne Kappel Executive Director and Founder  CRF     47.146578

The Pencil Box Project is starting!imagesPlease feel free to contact us if you have an interest in supporting children with their school supplies! Each child in Denver Kids get s new backpacks and supplies free..we support them because these children meet a very strict guideline and criteria to be in Denver Kids.
Every year, over 1200 homeless children in Denver struggle to meet the basic needs of getting back to school- we need your help! The Child Rescue Foundation began the Pencil Box Project in 2002 to serve the children who are working toward their high school graduation with the help of Denver Kids Inc. With the help of generous individuals and organizations in the greater Denver area, we have helped over 5,200 children get the supplies they need to successfully complete their schooling.
We have chosen Denver Kids as the recipient of these gifts for the following reasons:
1. Children in this program have very fractured home lives..some have no parents, some living in hotels. To get into Denver Kids, they must be in school without significant leaves of absence, retain a B grade and MORE..each child receives a mentor and counselor who literally becomes this child guide and mentor through life. DPS graduation rates as of 2015 sit at 65%. Denver Kids has a success rate of 89%!! We are happy to provide a hand up, not a hand out, as these children prove they are indeed dedicated towards their education. Join us in this amazing journey of children by providing the simple tools they need, but cannot afford to get through school.
AVG COST for backpacks for each grade 2018:
Middle school/elementary….$145
High School…….$240
Step 1: Sign up by requesting a form. Fill it out and fax it to:
Step 2: Download or request the school wish list for your chosen age group (elementary, middle, high)
Step 3: Collect school supplies for a 2 week period of your choosing. These items can be gently used or new. CRF also accepts cash donations for the purchase of new supplies. If supplies are being purchased, consider places such as Savers, Goodwill, the Salvation Army, Wal-Mart, etc.
Step 4: When your drive is over, contact us for your delivery site or you can deliver in person!
Contact Information
Joanne Kappel, Executive Director
303-628-0477 (p)
303-753-9416 (f)
Pencil Box Project Participation Agreement Form
Tell Us About Your Organization
Organization Name________________________________________________
Contact name_____________________________
Phone Number __________________ E-mail _________________
The undersigned voluntarily agrees to participate in the PBP, sponsored by the Child Rescue Foundation, Inc., a recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
I,_________________________, registered agent for ___________________ , agree to collect school supplies on behalf of CRF, Inc.
All participants agree to do the following things:
I agree to:
       Collect school supplies and financial donations, and keep an accurate count of the total number collected
       Deliver the supplies either to an assigned drop-off site or arrange for a CRF representative to collect them.
       I understand that no compensation will be offered to me for working with the TBP.
___________________________   ___________________________
Authorized Signature of Agent                         Date
Student Wish List
Last Updated 2020
Immediate needs list + the wishes form grades below
·        Pencils/·        Sticky notes/·        Folders/·        Binder paper/·        Student planners/·        Highlighters/·        Graphing calculators/·        Mechanical pencils/·        Erasers/·        Binder dividers/·        Binders/·        Index cards (4 x 6)/·        Earphones/earbuds/·        Water bottles/  Notebooks
Kindergarten Wish List
Backpack/One beginning reader/One scribble pad/One full sized tissue box
Pencil box with three #2 pencils, safety scissors, crayons (set of 16) & glue stick
Zipper pencil pouch containing an eraser, glue stick, six #2 pencils, pencil sharpener and a yellow highlighter/One pocket size kleenex/One compass/One protractor/One scissors
Backpack & School Supplies – Ages: 14-18 JUMP DRIVES/GRAPHING CALCULATORS
Pencils#2, regular or mechanical2-4
Filler paper/College ruled/2 packages/Spiral notebooks/70 page, college ruled4
Glue stick/
1Colored pencils/Box of 12, primary colors/1 box
Ruler 12 inch with metric/1EraserBasic pink or gum
1 Composition bookBasic/2Graph paper/Centimeter, tablet
1ScissorsSharp, pointed
1KleenexStandard box/1Pocket foldersWith brads
2Crayola markersSkinny, primary colors1 box
One graphing calculator
Backpack & School Supplies – Ages: 10-13
Pens Black 2
Pencils#2, regular or mechanical2-4
Filler paper/College ruled/2 packages/Spiral notebooks
70 page, college ruled4
Glue stick
Colored pencilsBox of 12, primary colors1 box
Ruler12 inch with metric
1EraserBasic pink or gum
1 Composition bookBasic
2 Graph paper
Centimeter, tablet
1ScissorsSharp, pointed
1KleenexStandard box
1Pocket foldersWith brads
2Crayola markersSkinny, primary colors1 box
One graphing calculator

We are on year 21! Thank you for all your support!
Over 165,000 plush animals
Over 11,000 faces painted and people learning about the effects of dv on our youth through their art
Over 35,000 students got fully packed back packs for school
Over 2500 speaking engagement and TACT classes
Over 15,000 at risk youth receiving their wishes at the holidays
Over 359 students painting mobile pottery to give as gifts at the holidays and thousands of in kind gifts ranging from linens, under garments, clothing for school, bus passes, personal hygiene items and much much more!
Starting the Heart of Imagination day..can you volunteer to paint faces? Contact us today for this July event @ www.cr- foundation.org

Press Release


The Child Rescue Foundation, Inc. Receives 2020 Denver Award

Denver Award Program Honors the Achievement

DENVER January 13, 2020 — The Child Rescue Foundation, Inc. has been selected for the 2020 Denver Award in the Non-Profit Organization category by the Denver Award Program.

Each year, the Denver Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Denver area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2020 Denver Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Denver Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Denver Award Program

The Denver Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Denver area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Denver Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Denver Award Program


We have finished our  Annual Nationally Recognized TeddScan_0001y Bear Project and Blanket Drive!! Collecting, recycle and deliver new and slightly loved plush animals for kids in need! Our 20th year is here! Over 176,000 plush animals have been delivered to help a child smile! 2019:7676 total animals!!

The 18th Annual Pencil Box Project for kids Proud member of Guidestar for 20 years! https://www.guidestar.org/profile/9233109

Easy Look Calendar for 2020:

  May through Aug:Pencil Box Project or sending an email to childrescue97984@aol.com! Thank you!A GoFundMe account has been established..raising $3500 for the Pencil Box Project for Kids in need…visit       TheChildRescueFoundation/FaceBook site for more info or click on the link below to donate..We need your help! This is a fully volunteer organization..no one on staff receives a paycheck!! 


IMG_20151104_155958Welcome to the Child Rescue Foundation Website

For 2020, in remembrance of Stephan J. Kappel,(1925-2017) my Father, my Hero, and Lee Daniels who passed in November, a board member, a light to children in this world, we salute you and thank you for your service!807lee2

We will remember you forever!


Year Round:Art of My Heart! Hundreds of schools children who otherwise would not be able to give a gift, receive a free mobile pottery mug to paint for Mothers Day! If you would like to sponsor a child, please  open your heart and send $20 per child to CRF, PO Box 102319, Denver CO 80250!

 With the help of our new Social Media Interns, we received almost 300 likes on our facebook page…visit us today and send us a like!! indexFollow us on FaceBook at Child Rescue Foundation/Instagram ChildRescueFoundation

                                            2019 Board of Directors Update

Sticks and Stones Anti Bullying Campaign 2016-2020

Untitled-1 Check out the Yellow Ribbon Project….visit our newsletter for the full article or use the link above….there is always help if you are the victim, employer, friend or clergy…..Reach out today and help a friend in need and be informed!!images3                                                 New Announcement!

Purchase a designer mint condition teddy bear for adoption. All donations tax deductible under IRS statutes. Purchase here!Big_The_Etsy_LogoThis site was designed to educate families affected by domestic violence about choices, tools and self-accountability for their own behavior. Our mission is to expand the awareness of domestic violence through education, outreach and referral services found throughout this site. Granting wishes to families and children impacted by violence since 1999.

Throughout the year we are always in need of physical and financial assistance for the more than 15,000 children we serve.

In 2005, we expanded our services to include children affected by transition and homelessness to provide for specific needs for their survival and for them to thrive in their community. If you wish to donate goods, please see our page on donations.

Know that your donations go directly to the children as no staff or board members are ever paid for their service.

Donations are greatly appreciated, please call 303-628-0477 for processing information.

Square,Visa, Mastercard and Discover gladly taken.

Contact: Joanne Kappel, Executive Director

E-Mail: childrescue97984@aol.com

Please send all donations and mail inquiries to:

Child Rescue Foundation P.O. Box 102319 Denver, CO 80250