Ever wonder where all the superheroes come from who appear at children’s events throughout the area?
Chances are, they represent the group, ‘Superheroes to Kids in Ohio.’ It’s a nonprofit group founded in 2010 to spread good will through simple acts of kindness, the recognition of individuals who have battled through adversity and to encourage the involvement of ‘community’ to make a positive difference in the lives of others, especially children.
The group makes costumed visits to children’s hospitals, special needs centers, and various charitable events whenever they are needed, all to simply bring smiles to kids and people.
Last weekend, Superheroes to Kids in Ohio appeared at Avon’s Not-So-Spooky Halloween. They also orchestrated the Super Kids Save Avon event in September that saw special needs children join forces with Batman, Superman, Capt. American and others to save Mayor Bryan Jensen from evil-doers like Lex Luthor and others.
Superheroes to Kids in Ohio was started in 2010 founder when Brian Chulik endured an extensive hospital stay.
“I was able to see some of the children hospitalized with serious illnesses. My friends Scott Smith and Jimmy Myers were generous enough to return with me in costume, putting some smiles on the kids recovering there,” says Brian. “We have performed nearly 600 visits (115 JUST in 2017), and have been a fully functioning 501(c)3 since 2014.
“We have been fortunate enough to receive gift donations for the children from people who want nothing more than to help to brighten someone’s day. Our group has continued to grow through the selflessness of people who want to contribute to the well being of kids battling illnesses and overcoming obstacles.
“We continue to make costumed visits to children’s hospitals, special needs centers, and various charitable events whenever we are needed, all in an attempt to bring a few smiles to kids and people. We are thankful that this organization has continued to gain new members who give of their time, energy, and compassion. As Jimmy Myer’s has stated previously, “The kids are the real heroes!”
Superheroes to Kids in Ohio has been awarded the ‘Real Hero Award’ for group by The American Red Cross, named Murray Ridge ‘Charity Of The Year’ and honored by The Cleveland Police.
In addition to costumed visits from traditional superheroes, they also provide Princess visits to children in need.
“It is our goal to spread good will and smiles, through random acts of kindness,” says Brian.
To learn more about the organization or to volunteer, please visit superheroestokidsinohio.org.