Kids Catch a Smile Day A day for physically challenged children  and their families has ended

3687 Muirwood Lane, Roseville CA  95747

With a heavy heart, and after many discussions with key individuals who have been with Kids Catch a Smile Day (KCASD) for over the last two-plus decades, I am sad to say that KCASD has ended its tremendous, joyous 28-year run.  

The past two years, enduring the Covid pandemic and having to cancel the event, were heart-breaking.  The main problem, however, is that I realized I’m getting too old to do the organizing, coordinating, and running around that is required for the event each year.  We’ve lost some key volunteers, the property we use keeps having turnover in staff, making it difficult to get commitments and coordination to use the great location, and frankly it’s been increasingly difficult to get the word out and find the kids who would like to participate.

It saddens me because the 28 years we held the event not only brought many smiles and uplifting experiences for those physically challenged children and parents who have attended, but just as many smiles and uplifting experiences for those who have volunteered to make it happen.

For those children and parents who have attended, some of you for 20 years or more, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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When I started this program, it was the result of a column I wrote when I was working at the Sacramento Bee, and it was meant to be a one-time event. But on the day of that 1992 event, it was obvious to me it had to be, and would be, a continuing event. The smiles of the kids and the parents, the influence the kids had on me, with their disabilities and health issues but never whining about them and always positive, was truly inspirational.

Over the years I have watched many children grow and deal with the health challenges that always seem to be facing them; yet year after year, when I see them again, I get the smiles, the hugs and a different appreciation of life. I thank all of you for that.

And I know the volunteers who have made KCASD very successful also felt that same inspiration. I have been very fortunate to have a very, very good group of dedicated volunteers. Thank you all for you dedication and smiles you gave to the kids and their parents. You made it very easy to keep KCASD going all those years.

Gary Voet