Kandles for Kids provides birthday gifts to UP foster youth

Check out the mission of the grassroots organization on Upper Michigan Today episode 175
Barb Olsen, the creator of Kandles for Kids, joins Tia Trudgeon on Upper Michigan Today.
Barb Olsen, the creator of Kandles for Kids, joins Tia Trudgeon on Upper Michigan Today.(WLUC)
Published: Dec. 2, 2022 at 2:04 PM EST
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Upper Michigan Today starts its Friday morning episode with a conversation between Tia and long-time TV6 personality, Don Ryan.

With Tia’s birthday just around the corner, the two discuss the life lessons and experiences gained as one becomes older.

Plus...Barb Olson, with Kandles for Kids, talks about their mission to provide birthday gifts for foster youth in the Upper Peninsula.

Kandles for Kids is a charity, started by Olson, that creates and sells unique candles at craft shows as means to provide foster kids with the birthday presents they deserve. Organized just over a year ago, the charity has already exceeded its own expectations. Their goal for the future is to gift birthday presents to every kid in the foster system in the U.P.

Customers will donate money in exchange for a candle. Using 100% of the proceeds, Olsen makes a birthday basket of cake mix and a $25 gift card.

To learn more about Kandles for Kids, you can visit their Facebook page or email them at: kandlesforkids@yahoo.com

Child and Family Services of the Upper Peninsula were previously featured on the TV6 Morning News.

You can watch the interviews and learn more about the need for foster care in our communities here.

You can watch Upper Michigan Today on weekdays at 9:00 a.m. on FOX UP.