In 2011, we organized a project where we could 'adopt' a family in need for Christmas. When we saw how much joy we were brought to that single family and how far a little money went, we decided to turn it into a charity that could reach more families. In September 2012 it was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization.Valerie Eagle was the director and the main organizer of EWA Kids. She coordinated the efforts of many of our employees to work together to find families, buy gifts, wrap gifts, and of course give gifts. We began by contacting local churches, schools and other organizations to find families that were in need. After locating families, we worked with employees to purchase hundreds of gifts and individually wrap each one - a daunting task that took weeks to complete.
The first year of EWA kids was extremely successful, reaching dozens of families throughout the Chicagoland area. During the 2012 holiday season, we gave gifts to over 200 children - donating roughly $10,000. The gifts donated ranged from toys to necessities like clothes. EWA Kids gave everything from toys and video games to necessities like winter jackets and grocery gift cards. We were helping not only the kids, but their families as well.
The whole experience was one of the highlights of my career - it was nice to make even a small little impact on someones life. I may have a pretty infamous reputation as a cut-throat businessman, but it's my goal in life to make enough money to spend all my time giving it away. Following the closing of Eagle Assets, we decide to as well discontinue with the charity and begin the Kyle Eagle Foundation to replace it.