Parental socioeconomic status is a key determinant of healthy child development, and diminished access to material resources has consistently been associated with poorer health and academic outcomes. Given the pivotal cognitive and social maturation that occurs in the first few years of life, there is value in intervening early to minimize not only child health disparities, but also their subsequent impact on adult health.
Kits for Kids is a McGill medical student-led registered charity whose main focus is to provide free essential supplies to underprivileged children in the region of Montreal. We distribute multiple types of kits, each tailored to the needs of children from a specific age group, namely newborns, infants (ages 0-2), and toddlers (ages 2-5). In a reusable bag displaying our sponsors’ logos, each kit contains an assortment of hygienic supplies (e.g., diapers, wipes, baby shampoo, etc.) as well as reusable or educational items such as wash cloths, markers, coloring books and Play-Doh.
By alleviating some of the financial hardship experienced by low-income families, Kits for Kids aims to mitigate the effects of poverty on children’s physical and mental well-being.
-Tiny Tots Decarie - pediatric family medicine clinic
-Montreal Children's Hospital - neonatal & pediatric intensive care unit, wards
-CHU Sainte-Justine - largest mother and child centre in Canada
-La Maison Bleue (Saint-Michel, Verdun & Côte-des-Neiges) - charitable organization that creates a support network for vulnerable pregnant women and their families.
-CHUM - Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal
-CLSC Parc-Extension - local community services centre
-Monteregie West Community Network (Hemmingford, Châteauguay, Pincourt, Huntingdon) - non-profit community organization serving the English-speaking community in Montérégie
Kit Building Event - with Foresters Financial, September 17th 2022