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Bags of Fun Omaha began its journey in September 2019. Powered by the wish of a 6 year-old girl, Gabby Krause, we set off on a mission to provide every child in the Omaha area battling a life-threatening illness the POWER OF PLAY. Laughter, hope, relief, and a little sense of normalcy during a time that seems anything but normal. We delivered over 120 Bags of Fun in our first year of operation! We have partnered with Fat Brain Toys, a local toy store to provide the core educational, developmentally appropriate, and engaging toys to fill the bags. We work alongside Nebraska Medicine child life specialists, staff at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center as well as non-profit organizations like Angels Among Us and Heart Heroes to provide these kids with bags of toys and activities individually crafted for each child. We are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support from the Omaha community to make this all possible.

Bags of Fun Locations Include Denver Colorado, Omaha Nebraska, Kansas City Missouri, California, Texas, Indiana

11,000

Bags Given Across the Country

98%

felt that the Bag of Fun helped parents feel less isolated because others are thinking of them and their child

88%

agreed that playing with their child reinforced that he/she is a child first, not just a patient.

91%

agreed that engaging in play with their child provided a distraction for the parent as a caregiver from the stress of the illness.

87%

of participants believed that playing with items in the Bag helped their child cope and maintain some normalcy during treatments.

PLAY

The best distraction there is.

JOY

The best medicine around.

HOPE

A naturopathic healer.

BAGS OF FUN HISTORY - Delivering joy, laughter and relief to every child fighting a life-threatening disease or condition. SEPTEMBER 2004: Gabby Krause Foundation Established. MAY 2005: First BAG OF FUN Delivered in Colorado. AUGUST 2007: Expanded to kidney patients in Colorado. DECEMBER 2008: Expanded to Indianapolis. JANUARY 2011: Expanded to Kansas & Missouri. JANUARY 2012: Expanded to Epilepsy patients in Colorado. JANUARY 2015: Expanded to Nuero Rehab, Cardiac Surgery & GI patients in Colorado. OCTOBER 2019: 10,000th BAG OF FUN Delivered Nationwide. JANUARY 2020: Expanded to Nebraska. MAY 2020: Expanded to include Mental Health Bags in Colorado. JUNE 2022 - Gabby's Dream Fund Established.