Sophia’s Safe Space
A collage of photos showing Sophia and her brand new Safety Bed from Variety.

Just like many kids her age, when Variety Kid Sophia is looking to relax and wind down, she heads to her room to hang out on her bed. At night, she happily snuggles up for sweet dreams and sound sleep.

But this hasn’t always been a reality for her.

Until just a few months ago, Sophia practically refused to sleep in her bed, instead choosing to sleep on the floor of her room. Her mom, Virginia, was worried about her – not only was this uncomfortable, it was also unsafe.

But when Sophia’s new Safety Bed, provided with help from Variety and our supporters, arrived, she...

10/21/2021
Bank of America Helps Variety Kids Build Confidence Through Performing Arts
Photo featuring the inclusive Children's Ensemble masked up and performing on stage at Curtain Up Camp. Graphics feature the Variety hearts and "Thank You, Bank of America Charitable Foundation" as well as the Variety logo.

We are excited to announce that the Bank of America Charitable Foundation is continuing their support of Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis’ inclusive Performing Arts programs through a generous grant.

These Performing Arts programs, which include Variety Children’s Chorus, Variety Dance and Variety Theatre, give St. Louis-area children and teens with and without disabilities the chance to build confidence both on stage and off. Through their performances, the programs also spread a message of accessibility and inclusion throughout the St. Louis area.

Although the...

10/21/2021
Maddison Receives a Life-Changing Van
Variety Teen Maddison sits in her power wheelchair inside of her family's new adaptive van, made possible by Variety the Children's Charity of St. Louis

Variety Teen Maddison and her family recently received a life-changing gift from Variety – an adaptive van. This van is making it possible for her to travel safely and comfortably, something that may seem simple, but is making a big difference.

Visiting fun places like the mall or the park has long been out of reach for Maddison. She needs a power wheelchair to get around, and her family did not have a vehicle that could easily transport both her and this crucial piece of medical equipment.

To go anywhere, Maddison had to be transferred into the front seat of her family’s...

10/15/2021
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