In the Fall of 2001, Florida businessman Rod Khleif and his brother, Ed Jacobs, began to reflect on their life’s many blessings. With the holiday season quickly approaching and their families’ needs met, they decided that rather than watch football on Thanksgiving Day, that they would find a way to make a contribution of their abundance to local families, who were much less fortunate. Inspired, they decided to personally create and distribute food baskets, filled with many of the traditional Thanksgiving fare, with the hope that other families could also experience love and celebration on that Thanksgiving Day.
Thus, the Tiny Hands Foundation was founded. Under the subsidy of Rod Khleif, with funding from his real estate endeavors, the organization has since fed thousands of families around Sarasota and throughout Southwest Florida. Their initial offering, has affectionately become known as the Basket Brigade which each year delivers food baskets containing all the ingredients for a traditional Thanksgiving Day Feast to those less fortunate within the community. Khleif realized that by gifting families with a single holiday meal, that the effects would go beyond measure. His personal motivation was to foster an exchange of generosity and gratitude between community members with far ranging demographics. This single act of kindness could inspire recipients to improve the quality of their lives as well as motivate the fortunate to assist those in their community who are in need.
The Tiny Hands Foundation creates awareness of and provides assistance to single-parent households with multiple children who live below the poverty line. Under the subsidy of Rod Khleif, the Foundation has grown significantly since its’ humble beginnings. With the assistance of his employees at Gulf Coast Management along with his family, friends and volunteers, the Foundation has lead initiatives benefitting over 40,000 children since November 17, 2001.
The Tiny Hand’s Foundation’s core mission and initiatives are developed towards improving the quality of impoverished children’s lives, within Southwest Florida and around the world. With the assistance of donors and volunteer’s nationwide, The Tiny Hand’s Foundation is capable developing empowerment programs for children that highlight health, finance, personal development and emotional mastery as methods for breaking through cycles of poverty.
Our Future Initiatives
In years ahead, the Tiny Hands Foundation’s initiatives will move toward education and empowerment, as methods to assist low-income children and families in breaking through the cycle of poverty.
Our education and empowerment programs will focus on: developing self-esteem, positive relationships, role models, life skills, conflict resolution, and tolerance.