Teen starts nonprofit S.K.I.P, delivering care packages to kids in pain


Dylan Brown is not a fan of being in the hospital. 

He was born with Down syndrome and hemophilia, a rare and often painful blood disorder. Fortunately for Dylan, there are people like Sarah Maisano in the world. 

The 15 year-old Regina High School sophomore is helping Dylan and hundreds of other sick children get through those long hours in the hospital.  

"It makes me feel really good to know that we're helping them in their hardest times and this is when they need it the most," says Sarah Maisano. 

In 2014, Sarah, her mom and friend Jaden handmade 635 gift bags, filled them with toys and shipped them to hospitals in five states. Recently, they stopped by Children's Hospital in Detroit to drop off some in person. 

Sarah's initiative is a 501 C3 called S.K.I.P. for supporting kids in pain. It took Sarah four months to make it an official nonprofit and $1000 of her own money. 

Hand sewing the bags, sorting the donated toys, filling the bags, boxing them up and shipping them out takes up a lot of time, but the honor roll student says she doesn't mind. 

"She is giving up a lot of time to do this and my husband and I are just really proud of her," says mother Sharon Maisano.  

Sarah's mom, Sharon, is by her side every step of the way, supporting her charitable efforts. Sarah's goal is to send out 1,270 bags this year. 

Eventually, they hope to reach children's hospitals in every state. Sarah needs help from the community in the form of toys and monetary donations to keep skip running. Check out her item wish list below:

Monetary Donations
Help to cover shipping costs
Coloring Books
Crayola Crayons
Jump Ropes
Stuffed Animals 
New books for all ages
New toys

ONLINE: www.skipforkids.org 

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