CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - I like hearing about things before they become popular, and I have a feeling Kangaroo Kids is on the brink.
It was started by three siblings in south Charlotte. Their 501©3 status is expected from the IRS any day. They make medical binders for parents of children with chronic illnesses. Impressively, they're already partnering with multiple hospitals.
Ellie Pikel is 16, Emery is 14 and their brother Bodey is in 5th grade. (Pictured here with their mom.) It was Emery, a freshman at Covenant Day School in Matthews, who reached out.
"We call our binders 'The Pouch'," Emery said. "They are a shell for parents to use when dealing with their child's illness – they can log calls, keep appointments and office staff information, record hospitalizations, keep track of medicines, etc."
So simple. So smart. Amazing no one come up with this before.
Their idea is being used at Levine Children's Hospital, Novant Health Hemby Children's Hospital, Duke Children's Hospital and Novant Health Forsyth Pediatrics.
And last week, Kangaroo Kids secured a new partnership with the NICU at UNC Children's - North Carolina Children's Hospital.
"They wanted so many Pouches, we couldn't fulfill the initial order without added help," Emery said. "Ellie and I quickly texted friends and quickly had more than a dozen girls join us on a Saturday afternoon. In less than four hours, fifteen of us had stuffed thousands of pages into sheet protectors and assembled 66 pouches for families."
Their website looks good, too >> www.kangarookidsclt.org
Kids helping kids. Love.