Our Mission

Cuddles For Kids Inc's primary mission is to help children who are in need, or are less fortunate, by providing goods that will help make those scary moments a little less scary with a cuddle.

Cuddles For Kids Inc will provide stuffed animals, books, blankets, and many other common necessities to children in need, whether they may be sick in the hospital, a victim of a house fire or domestic abuse, or being supported by other children advocacy groups.


Cuddles For Kids believes in giving back to the local community, regional area, and across this great Nation. If there is an opportunity where we can help, we will do our best to assist.

To be able to effectively carry out our mission, we sometimes rely on Volunteers like you. We welcome talking with you about future potential volunteer opportunities to raise funds or collect donations.

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Cuddles For Kids Inc is a 501(c)(3) charity as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. Donors can deduct contributions they make to our charity! If you would like to make a tax deductible bequest or gift, please know that your generosity will be helping many children in need.

No donation is ever too small! We work with manufacturers to get quality goods at reduced prices so as to make every dollar go as far as it can.

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Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Kaitlyn Kraus started Cuddles For Kids in 2013 on her 6th birthday. She stated that she didn't want any birthday presents for herself and asked if she could instead give them away to other children who needed them more than she did. She gave away 19 stuffed animals and toys to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin the next day.

Kaitlyn immediately asked if she could do something more and of course Mom and Dad said "Yes!". Over the course of the following year her charity took on its own form. Cuddles For Kids started getting TV and Press coverage in the local community. She took the next step to seek help forming an official nonprofit organization.

In June of 2015, Cuddles For Kids Inc officially became a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing goods and services to children in need and related children advocacy groups. Although she started out small and at a very young age, Kaitlyn is mature well beyond her years and has a heart big enough to share with those children less fortunate.

On Kaitlyn's 18th birthday, she will assume full legal leadership of Cuddles For Kids Inc. Until then, she supervises, advises and helps direct the board with respect to the charity's daily affairs.

Our staff

Thomas Kraus

President & Director of the Board
and Kaitlyn's Dad
Long time support for children's groups

Dr. Mary Kraus

Secretary, Treasurer & Director
and Kaitlyn's Mom

Michelle Suminski

and Kaitlyn's Aunt

2013 - Present

Over 914 stuffed animals, toys, books, blankets and other necessities delivered to children in need. Over $8779 worth of goods donated as of 03/2016.

June 2015

Cuddles For Kids Inc becomes a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity.