5th Anniversary of CFK
Last year at age 10 Stephanie Masapollo from Washington Township, Gloucester County, NJ started thinking about all the children that may have lost their costumes due to Hurricane Sandy and decided she needed to try and help. By urging friends, classmates, News outlets & TV stations to help spread the word to their viewers in a few short, very hectic days she collected over $1,000 worth of costumes.
Today, a year later, she is continuing with CFK. Stephanie related "The people who donated costumes last year were very enthusiastic and the kids that received them were very happy." She hopes that this time around she will collect $5,000 worth of costumes. "We are starting much earlier this year and should do much better. We are also going national in our distribution as there have been many areas of the US devastated by very bad weather." Right now CFK is considering Moore, Oklahoma; Colorado and areas still affected by Hurricane Sandy. According to her father Steve, "In order to be successful, we need more companies to volunteer as drop off points and information centers. It would be a plus for the media to spread the word." Her Dad added that shipping supplies and costs will also be an issue as this charity does not accept money--just costumes. It's important for people in other areas know that people from Washing Twp. & NJ care about them as individuals" says Stephanie.
Stephanie, now a 6th grader is hoping stores that sell costumes will donate and people will donate so she can get these costumes to those in need as soon as possible. Her goal is to make sure that every child needs a costume gets one. "Every costume is important whether used or new. Accessories help as well."
Stephanie is very aware of accomplishing this daunting task, however she will not be deterred. According to her father Steve Masapollo, Stephanie is mature beyond her years, has a big heart and believes in what she is doing...whether it's Washington Twp . Girls Softball, school work, Girl Scouts, or singing in the choir or soloist.
According to Stephanie, "She realizes that without the word reaching the people it will be very hard to accomplish, however she believes that it is very important that every child affected by a disaster deserves to have a costume and have fun."
My name is Stephanie. I just started 9th Grade in NJ. I'm very lucky as I have a good life with great friends and loving parents. In 2014, I won the NJ Regional Kohl's Kid's competition. I was named 2016 “Kids to Watch in SJ Magazine. Along the way, I have performed in musicals; sang in different venues; and performed as a member of Encore & Harmony Show Choirs. I am also a member of the prestigious South Jersey Choir. In January 2017, I will have a leading role in Mainstage for the Arts Play, Legally Blonde. I also love Ocean City NJ, playing softball and to travel.
When I had just turned 10 years old Hurricane Sandy devastated the coast (we don't live that far from the "shore") of NJ leaving many people without their homes and their belongings. This happened a few days before Halloween, which is my best, most fun holiday.
Governor Chris Christie's Executive Order rescheduled Halloween in New Jersey for Nov. 5. I was very upset & angry. My Dad asked me why I was crying. He said I should think about kids who were not going to have Halloween at all. That is when I thought about all the kids that lost their Halloween costumes in the hurricane or didn’t even have a costume. I decided to concentrate my efforts on them and not worry about me. After all, I already had a Costume. That's when Costumes for kids (CFK) was born. I decided to collect Halloween costumes to give to disadvantaged kids and kids in need. My Dad, Mom and I worked very hard as we only had a few days to get donations, separate them and get them delivered. You may think that this is a silly charity but when you see the new Princesses and Darth Vader’s excitement and happiness it might change your mind. For many of these kids it is the FIRST time they ever had a real costume. Doing this makes me happy and proud. Each year we have gotten bigger and bigger. For our 5th anniversary, my goal is $20,000 worth of costumes. My Dad said that that was a pretty huge number considering we are just a "grass roots" movement. It's hard because we have never collected any money donations. I have faith with people's help that we can grow. My dream is for CFK to become known in the Tri-State area and one day to be national. It doesn't hurt to dream.
Thank you for reading this and I hope to hear from you.
Current Drop Off Points: MOTHERS MATTER 5K Walk Washington Lake Park on 10/16/16 19 Sweetbriar Drive (Valley Green); Kadar Orthodontics (Hurffville Rd.); St. Charles Borromeo Church (176 Stagecoach Rd; Sicklerville); St. Peter & Paul Church (362 Ganttown Rd, Sewell); Cordasco Financial 168 Black Horse Pike Turnersville A-7
Stephanie Masapollo -- COSTUMES FOR KIDS
Stephanie Masapollo "joking"
around with a donated costume.
14 year old Stephanie Rose Masapollo
Stephanie is confident that if she can the word out people will respond. "Washington Township and surrounding areas have nice charitable people who care".
For more information call: office 856-232-6363 ; cell 856-979-3527.
Thank you everyone,