Actionnater of the Month

September 2020

Cynthia and David Kim

Children of Fallen Patriots

Cynthia and David Kim

In 2002, The Kims founded Children of Fallen Patriots which has delivered over $40 million in scholarship support and educational counseling to children of our country’s fallen service members.  

The Kims’ commitment to this cause grew out of David Kim’s experience in 1989, when five days before Christmas, his friend, Sergeant William Delaney Gibbs from the 7th Infantry Division was killed in action during Operation Just Cause in Panama, leaving behind a young wife and an unborn daughter. David Kim served with Sergeant Gibbs, was inspired by his sacrifice and never forgot about Sergeant Gibbs or his daughter.

Since 2002, Children of Fallen Patriots has grown in its mission and vision to extend peace of mind through college scholarships to Gold Star families in all 50 states and all branches of the military.  They have assisted almost 1,900 students across the USA. 

Through Children of Fallen Patriots, the Kims’ hope is to bring awareness to the needs of military families who have lost a spouse – 55 percent of which raise an average of two children on less than $55,000 a year.   Government aid, while helpful, leaves a gap of about $8,000 a year.

Each year, Children of Fallen Patriots strives to bring on 500 new students.  This year, Covid-19 has both increased the need to help the children and hindered the organization’s standard means of fundraising.  We at Actionnate wish them well and encourage everyone to click here to learn more about the organization.

“Actionnater of the Month” celebrates people and brands that inspire others with their passion to help make the world a better place for each of us by taking extraordinary action directed at purposeful change.

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2. Curious

3. Celebratory

4. Positive

5. Purposeful

6. Passionate…

7. “…with a penchant for Action”

8.“…and an unwavering belief in the possibility of positive, purposeful Change”