Our core mission is to improve the quality of life for impoverished children in our area. We promote an exchange of generosity and gratitude between the fortunate in our community and those who are in need. We are a small non-profit, have no paid staff, pay no rent, and our administrative costs are minimal. Our foundation leads several annual community children's charitable initiatives that have benefited more than 55,000 Sarasota, Manatee, and DeSoto community children and families.
In the fall of 2001, Florida businessman Rod Khleif and his brother Ed Jacobs reflected on their lives' many blessings. With the holiday season approaching and their families' needs met, they decided that rather than watch football on Thanksgiving Day, they would find a way to make a contribution of their abundance to less fortunate locals. They personally created and distributed 5 food baskets, filled with traditional Thanksgiving fare, Christmas treats, and toys, with the hope that other families could also experience love and celebration on that Thanksgiving Day. The experience inspired the brothers to double it the next year, and so on and so on. Thus, The Tiny Hands Foundation was created. With the help of hundreds of community volunteers and supporters The Tiny Hands Foundation has led initiatives benefiting more than 55,000 Sarasota and Bradenton community children and families in need.