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 all volunteer non-profit organization, we have no paid staff, we pay no rent, and our administrative costs are minimal. Our foundation leads several annual community children's charitable initiatives that have benefited more than 65,000 Sarasota, Manatee, and DeSoto county community children and families.
In the fall of 2001, Rod Khleif found himself reflecting on the many blessings he had in his life, as the approaching holiday season grew closer. With the needs of his family met, Rod felt the desire to find a way to use his blessings and abundance to enrich the lives of others less fortunate in his community. Rod, with the help of his brother Ed used their time and resources to personally create and distribute five food baskets filled with traditional Thanksgiving fare, a complete holiday meal, treats and toys, with the hope that other families could experience love and celebration on that Thanksgiving Day. This experience inspired the brothers to double their efforts and donation the next year, in following years they enlisted friends and family to make a greater impact and thus the project grew and grew. Through this process The Tiny Hands Foundation's Holiday Basket Brigade was created. Over the past 17 years with the help of hundreds of community volunteers and supporters, The Tiny Hands Foundation now leads multiple annual charitable initiates that have benefited more than 55,000 Sarasota, Manatee, and DeSoto county community children and families in need.