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Hero Kids Foundation

Center Funds

Support the buildout and growth of our Nature Center

Family Care

Support our First Responder and Military Families

Animal Care

Support the animals who help our families with feed & checkups

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Community Partners

1500 +

Families Supported


Equine Scholarships Given


Years & Growing

Event calendar

Check Our Upcoming Events

Surf Camp 2024

Join HKF and our friends at VB Surf Sessions for these one-day surf camps at Croatan Beach in Virginia Beach. Families will learn a new skill together – how to surf – and connect, restore and thrive with an afternoon out on the water. 

Acta Non Verba "Deeds, Not Words"



Hero Kids Foundation’s aim is to provide a multidisciplinary approach to promote and support Military & First Responders’ children, together with the whole family, utilizing animal-assisted therapies along with nature-based activities.

We strive to build hope, confidence, and self-worth.

Hero Kids Foundation is dedicated to serving those who serve at home & enriching families to connect, restore, and thrive.


Our Community's Voices

Hear from some of the individuals and families we have supported:

Shane Roddy


My family deeply appreciates and supports Hero Kids Foundation (HKF) for its holistic approach. They prioritize the entire family and not just the one in uniform. What a great resource!

Marcie R. Fox

Captain, Virginia Beach Police Department

I have been fortunate to participate with the opportunities and partnership that HKF has provided to the VBPD families! The activities encourage families to connect in a safe environment and to restore the officer from the daily stress and trauma of this profession. Thank you HKF!

Mark Block


I met John [Raniowski] back in 2014 at a Mounted Games competition, where he told me about his idea for Hero Kids Foundation. He told me how he wanted to give back to military and first responder families experiencing PTSD, and how he wanted to buy a plot of land. I’m proud to have seen these accomplishments firsthand and look forward to what’s to come for HKF!