Variety the Children's Charity of Detroit SIMPLY HELPS KIDS--no matter the need--through core programs that provide LIFE-CHANGING services and support to children with UNIQUE AND SPECIAL NEEDS.  


Variety the Children's Charity of Detroit believes in a happier, healthier, and more independent childhood for all kids.  We're small enough to LISTEN, but big enough to MAKE A DIFFERENCE


Since 1932, Variety - the Children's Charity Detroit has been simply helping kids - no matter the need - by providing vital support and essential services to more than 20,000 children with unique and special needs in our community.

Variety - the Children’s Charity Detroit is a registered non-profit charitable organization (Federal Tax ID: 38-2140520).

Variety core programs provide:   (click on the program for a complete program description)

  •  state-of-the-art, life-like electronic prosthetic hands for children with upper limb differences through the Variety Myoelectric Center
  • balanced meals and snacks to nourish mind and body to qualifying students in Metro Detroit through Variety Feeds Kids
  • brand new bicycles, locks, and helmets to children in need as well as adaptive cycles for children with special needs throughout the year via Variety Bikes for Kids
  • programming to provide elementary students with tools for coping with difficult emotions, positive ways to address feelings, healthy and unhealthy relationships, and helpful communication skills through the Variety Being You Being Strong Initiative
  • therapeutic horseback riding lessons to children with physical and/or cognitive challenges through the Variety 4-H Horseback Riding Program
  • essentials such as clothing, bedding, winter apparel, toys and juvenile products to children across Southeastern Michigan through Variety Kids in Distressed Situations
  • a brighter holiday to children in need through gifts of children's clothing, toys, and juvenile products through Variety Adopt-a-Child and Santa's Workshop
  • support of recreational and educational experiences through Variety Community Outreach Initiatives

With your generous support, Variety children are leading happier and healthier lives.

Unlike most charitable organizations that address a singular cause or effort, Variety Detroit focuses on multiple unmet needs of children who are disadvantaged or live with disabilities and other special needs. Our aim is to maximize real, long-term positive social impact for all children.

Variety welcomes the support of all who share our ideals and objectives. The profoundly life-changing benefits your support delivers to a child cannot be overstated. Large or small, every donation combines to deliver a better future and life to a child in need.

Although Variety’s work is serious, we never forget the importance of having fun. Bringing smiles to the faces of children is a positive and fun experience for Variety volunteers, sponsors and supporters.  Join us!

Our Mission

Our Vision

To be a trusted local source and do what is right to deliver support and services to children with special needs.

Our Mission

To change the lives of children via effective core programs that address the needs of those in our local community and to foster positive change and community outreach through partnerships with local social service agencies.

Our Promise

Children are the cause. Variety is the solution. Through best practices and professional stewardship, our solutions result in a lifelong positive impact on children, their families and the community.

Why Is Variety's Work Important?

To raise a child with a serious illness or disability costs a family four to five times the cost of a child not living with one or more of these conditions. Through Variety, your donation can forever change the life of a child and their family by helping fund key equipment and services to lessen the financial burden and provide every child with equality and a limitless future.

Large or small, every donation combines to deliver a better future and life to a child in need.