"A hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove . . . but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child." - By Forest Witcraft
Krewe of Alegria has a long, distinguished history of volunteer service in the Tampa Bay Community, beginning with our "Kickin' for Kids" shoe campaign and partnerships with non-profit organizations. Many members are drawn to the krewe because of our role as good will ambassadors and the opportunity to become involved and give back to our community. You can say that this concept of service is woven into the fabric of our unique and colorful costumes!
Founding members launched Alegria's Kickin' for Kids shoe donation campaign back in 2004 which has donated over 4000 new shoes to needy kids throughout the area. The commitment to providing the basic necessity of shoes to needy kids continues strong today. Volunteer service partnerships with Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Association and Trey Curry Foundation have led to broader opportunities for the krewe to increase its community impact.
Alegria Officers determined the time was right to expand the scope of the krewe's community outreach efforts with broadened partnerships beyond our ongoing shoe donations. In October 2022, we announced a new support partnership with Children's Home Network (CHN).
Children’s Home Network is located on an 88 acre property provided by the City of Tampa, off of Old Memorial Highway, where they provide residential services with their Kids Village Campus and Adolescents in Motherhood programs. https://www.childrenshomenetwork.org/
Alegria members were proud to supply fresh food items including the ham for the 2022 Thanksgiving holiday meal for CHN staff and children.
Our Friendsgiving celebration featured a Christmas Giving tree for members to donate cash or take an ornament tag to shop for "wished-for" gifts for the children.
Finally, Krewe of Alegria also provided the gift of new athletic-style shoes for the children living in the campus cottages.