must for troops today!”
-Patric Moore United States Air Force-E7 Father of a Son and 2 Daughters
Since 2001, more than 2 million kids have watched their parents deploy to war. Staying
connected is always a struggle for families, but for our country’s military families, that
struggle can often be overwhelming. KidsCork.com is doing something about that. With
a mission of “Keeping Families Close,” KidsCork's initial release has a host of features to
do just that, including one that allows a parent to read to their child from anywhere in the
world, on their own time.
Dad is in Afghanistan serving his country, and his little girl still gets to listen to a bedtime
story from him every night. Then, when she wants to learn about where daddy is, it’s not
a google search with your fingers crossed. It’s a visit to KidsCork’s interactive World
Map to learn about the plants and animals of the region. Throw in a Photo Booth and
Personal Notes and all of a sudden, eight thousand miles becomes a little closer and a
little more bearable.
KidsCork differentiates itself from the typical communications/
its business practices. Instead of offering the program free, there is a small monthly fee
(as low as $2). The upside, your interactions with your kids are private, NOT packaged
up and sold off to anyone with a marketing budget. As KidsCork states on their website,
“You are the client, not the product”. KidsCork.com has also partnered with organizations,
companies, and individuals all across the country in order to offer the complete
array of its services to military families at no cost.
The drive by KidsCork is being spearheaded by its founder Justin Butler, a story-teller,
entrepreneur and father of two. Justin put together a team of retired high ranking military
officials, software programers, and educational experts and began building his
dream. A year later KidsCork.com is not only a reality but is already quickly becoming a
favorite among kids and parents alike.