By LINDA KOLMODIN
June 5, 2020
With the whole world being shut down due to COVID-19 our children have shouldered more stress and anxiety than ever before in their lives.
Now you can help by contributing to a matching Patronicity grant to safely reopen Kids ‘N’ Stuff Children’s Hands-On Museum in downtown Albion.
Good news on June 24
KNS JUST GOT DONATIONS TO QUALIFY FOR THE $5,000 MATCH! Thanks from all of Albion to everyone who participated in any way! Feel free to keep giving!
Status on June 23:
Less than $1,000 still needed so KNS can get the matching $5,000 grant! The deadline is the end of June! We get none of the matching grant, if we do not raise a full $5,000! Please help today! Even a small donation will go a long way now!
From KNS Facebook page:
“Kids ‘N’ Stuff is opening TODAY: Tuesday, June 23rd at 25% capacity (75 people at a time). Our hours for the time being will be
Tuesday through Friday: 10am to 2pm
Masks will be required for everyone three and over. We understand it’s tough for young kids, and we will be gentle in our reminders.”
As of Saturday, June 2020, 2020 with only 10 days left, Kids ‘N’ Stuff Patronicity campaign is at $3,550
funded of $5,000 goal with 35 donors. If they get get up to $5,000 donated, then the State of Michigan will donate an additional $5,000! Kids ‘N’ Stuff is Albion’s #1 destination, bringing thousands of people to Albion during regular times, helping ALL of Albion’s businesses. Please consider making a donation today, even a small one, to pitch in! To donate, click here:
“Hanging Tough With Kids ‘N’ Stuff “needs to raise $5,000 by June 30 to receive matching funding from the Michigan Department of Economic Development in a special crowdfunding campaign called MI Local Biz 1:1 The month-long fundraiser will help with everyday expenses to allow the children’s hands-on museum to reopen under new state health and safety guidelines. To donate go to
KNS has been shut down during the pandemic and has lost over 25% of its annual operating revenue. The museum needs community support to reopen by helping with the day-to-day expenses. While not as much fun as donating to a new exhibit or interesting programs, KNS depends on the generosity of its supporters to open its doors again for our children.
According to child psychologists play is extremely important to children’s mental health, especially during the troubling times of the pandemic. When children play they are seeking to solve a problem, develop a strong foundations for literacy learning and help them develop successful life skills.
KNS helps in all those areas by providing hands-on learning experiences to all children and families through interactive exhibits and programs. Executive Director Audrey Dean explains that at KNS “we encourage play and exploration as a way of learning, and for each child, a way to discover their own voice in the world.”
By supporting the reopening of KNS the community can provide experiences for our children to alleviate the anxiety of isolation caused by the coronavirus. KNS needs help to reopen in a healthy way to ensure that all children have access to interactive play.
Linda Jansen Kolmodin has been a resident of Albion since 1981. Originally from North Muskegon Michigan, she was a special education teacher for Olivet Community Schools for 18 years. Since that time, public relations and writing have been the focus of Kolmodin’s work.
Most recently, the successfully funded Coca-Cola mural restoration project for downtown Albion Michigan benefitted from the volunteer efforts of Linda Kolmodin. She is involved in many Albion organizations including the Albion Community Foundation and the Albion-Homer United Way. She is a graduate of U of M, with a Master’s Degree from EMU in Special Education.
- Stories by Linda Kolmodin – albionmich.net/writer-kolmodin/
- The Coca-Cola mural restoration project:
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