When the new Appleseed Express Carwash in Katy kicked off with its first “Appleseed Challenge” last month, the Krause Children’s Center was privileged to be one of the first three nonprofits selected to participate. [See the original Appleseed Carwash story, which explains how this philanthropic business venture benefits the children in the area as it puts a quick shine on the vehicles of busy professionals and families on-the-go.]
Alas, when the number of carwashes/votes were tallied on October 31, the Langham Creek YMCA nipped Krause Children’s Center for the first place spot, taking home $7,000 to help fund their new computer lab. Krause received a much-needed $2,000 in “seed money” for its afterschool programs, but in fact, received so much more in the realm of public awareness. The Challenge brought many new supporters and donors who have never given to the facility, along with producing a raft of phone calls from people wanting to learn more about the Center and offering to volunteer their services.
During the days of the challenge, Karma the Flying Frisbee Dog, the National Charity League, FBLA Cinco Ranch High School, Seven Lakes High School, and Tea Cakes the Clown all came out in support of Krause Children’s Center.
But perhaps our biggest fan and drawing card was Deion, an irresistibly cute little guy whose mom brought him to the carwash to support the Krause kids. Deion, who has been a kidney patient since birth, stood out in the heat for three hours stumping for the kids at Krause. Many of the drivers passing by stopped to get their cars washed because he walked right up and asked them to! He was so cute they couldn’t turn him down. Others stopped by and gave donations because he was there. Tawana Goodwin, Krause’s director of volunteers, said “It really brought tears to my eyes to see Deion, who struggles with kidney and liver trouble, take the time out to help children he never knew. Every day he is on a dialysis machine for eight hours, and for him to have the strength to do this really blessed all of us! It made our cause small. DEION WAS A HUGE HIT!”
Goodwin also reported that the excitement at the carwash was contagious, and the Krause kids themselves got involved and had fun with the customers. “Many of the supporters who arrived at the carwash had no idea they were talking to the very children who have endured such pain in their lives,” she said.
Appleseed Express Carwashes are expanding to many new locations in Texas―as ongoing fundraisers for kids’ causes. Their motto is “Where every wash helps local kids.” The Krause kids are living proof of that!