“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”
– Nelson Mandela
The MAGIC Charities Foundation: Our Story
MAGIC, “Making a Great Investment in Children,” began as an idea. An idea formed by Steve Grosso in a hotel room after the birth of his daughter. After months of the adoption process, the big day had finally come. A baby girl was born and a new family formed. Deep in the thought of how life was about to change and reflecting upon the process the birth mother had endured, Steve thought about how children come into this world in different circumstances. Not all children are born into a family with the means to care for even their most beloved little ones.
This idea of MAGIC rose again two years later when Steve visited Russia. A journey to meet his beautiful baby boy. The joy of receiving this blue-eyed bundle paired with a heartbreaking goodbye in the orphanage. As Steve exited, little ones waved goodbye and waited for their someday family. Shouldn’t all these children have a loving family, a home?
Years later, with two little ones of her own, Sharon Grosso was having this same realization. She worked in classrooms with special needs and saw the challenges children faced making it through a day in the “mainstream” world of education.
Many children also faced difficult circumstances at home. One student was raised by a struggling grandmother while his father was in prison, another by a stretched, single mom unable to take time off from work for a conference to discuss her child’s education. Shouldn’t all families have the support they need?
Almost every student qualified for free breakfast and lunch. Buying food was a financial hardship for many families. For those who packed lunch, the meals were often dismal at best. Shouldn’t all children have access to healthy food?
These experiences served as motivation to begin the official steps to form MAGIC, a grassroots endeavor to support children and families.
The mission at the MAGIC Charities Foundation is to advocate for and invest in the well-being of children. It is our vision to create a world that, above all, values our children’s health, education, safety, and family relationships.
We hope you will join us and support this vision to make a difference in children’s lives today!