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Molly Dolan

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Founder, Kids “4” Kids

16, West Chester

By Lisa Dukart

Photo By Tessa Marie Images.

Molly Dolan was just 9 years old when she launched a charity garage sale with some friends and neighbors, raising $200 for the homeless. Two years later, the garage sale returned, and it’s grown every year since.

Dolan turned her Kids “4” Kids campaign into a club at West Chester’s Pierce Middle School. She’s since brought it to Henderson High School, where it attracts upwards of 70 volunteers. Over the years, she’s introduced other initiatives. Kids “4” Kids now helps prepare meals for those at the Safe Harbor of Chester County homeless shelter, and writes and decorate cards for children in hospitals. Last year, the organization also launched a walk at West Goshen Park.

So far, Kids “4” Kids has raised nearly $15,000 for charities like the Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children, where Dolan volunteers. She’s also part of Best Buddies, running the Henderson iteration of the organization, which aids those with intellectual learning differences.

Dolan hopes her varied experiences will aid in her pursuit of a degree in special education. She also plays bocce at Henderson, which won the Chester County championship last year. “I had no idea what bocce was,” says Dolan, who had zero experience when she joined the team, which welcomes students with special needs.

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