A Feel Good Story
A contribution to Kids Making It makes a difference for the giver and the recipient.
In November, Dr. Craig Scibal of Swell Vision Center in Leland took a few days off from the clinic, and his father, Dr. John Scibal, filled in for him. For the three days he was absent, Dr. Scibal decided to give all of Swell’s profits from to a Wilmington nonprofit organization called Kids Making It. The total was $5,310.82!
Dr. Scibal ordered a big check and presented it to Kids Making It on December 22 at their new location on Castle Street. Founder Jimmie Pierce was incredibly appreciative and said it was the first time in the organization’s 20-year history that a local business had donated their actual daily revenue.
“It was a great experience for me and the Swell team to get out of the office and learn about and support an amazing program,” Dr. Scibal says.
Kids Making It started in 1996 with Pierce teaching woodworking in a garage to a foster teenager once a week. Since then, the program has grown to serve more than 500 students each year in five separate youth programs. The nonprofit organization owns a 9,000 square-foot facility on Castle Street in downtown Wilmington, where the students get to make and sell the products they create in the retail storefront space at the front of the building. Some kids sold more than $1,000 in goods this Christmas.
If you’d like to know more about Kids Making It, visit kidsmakingit.org/. The organization relies on the support of individuals, businesses and charitable foundations to help fund their mission of keeping kids in school and out of trouble and helping them transition successfully into higher education or the workplace.