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Let's fill Kenadi's Christmas Stocking!

Haved you been RACKed yet?

It's been a whole year since we started our Random Acts of Christmas Kindness project in memory of Kenadi Jean Weis.  During one of the toughest years of our lives, simple RACKs helped us look past our trials and focus on other people.

We believe that a Random Act of Christmas Kindness (and a really good cup of coffee) can change the world...or at least make it a little brighter.  The proof is in the Sugar Plum Pudding.  So, what will your RACK be?

Please do something nice for someone else this Christmas season and take a moment to share it with us.  You can choose to include a photo or video and send your story in the following ways:

  • Mail to Kenadi's Christmas Stocking, PO Box 1192, Spearfish, SD 57783
  • Email to
  • Facebook post to Kenadi Jean Weis Foundation
  • Instagram using #KenadisChristmasStocking
  • Drop Off in Kenadi's mailbox at a downtown Spearfish business (location of the mailbox will change and be announced weekly on Facebook)

We will stuff Kenadi's stocking with all of your good deeds and will open and read each of them on Christmas morning.

Thank you for having a giving heart this Christmas.  Now get out there and change someone's day!

On Saturday, February 6, 2016 the Black Hills State University Foundation is teaming up with the Kenadi Jean Weis Foundation to host a Kenadi Jean Basketball Night at the Donald E. Young Center in Spearfish, SD.   
Kenadi loved playing basketball and was the proud recipient of several pieces of Future Yellow Jacket gear.  Although faced with global delays from an anoxic birth injury she displayed great bravery, determination and a fighting Jacket spirit.         
The Yellow Jacket basketball teams will face the Fort Lewis College Skyhawks with the Women’s team taking the floor at 4 PM and the Men’s team playing at 6 PM.   
It will be a night of fun field house activities and half-time entertainment honoring Kenadi with all proceeds from our BHSU T-shirt quilt raffle, 50/50 tickets, and Frisbee Free Throw sales going to the BHSU Kenadi Jean Weis Memorial Scholarship awarded annually to a graduating senior majoring in the Special Education Program!
Let's pack the house and cheer the Jackets on to a home court victory!

Some of our dedicated volunteers stand in front of the quilt that one lucky winner will receive in our February drawing!

Keep the butterflies flying in!

In our last newsletter, we announced the release of The Kenadi Boot with the Pediped company along with the #KolorForKenadi campaign.  We have been overwhelmed and overjoyed with the response.  If you remember correctly, each pair of boots came with a butterfly postcard to be colored and mailed into Pediped.  For each postcard received, the company plans to donate $1 to the Kenadi Jean Weis Foundation.  Postcards will be collected through the Christmas season, so there is not a total count as of yet, but we couldn't wait to share this photo with you that Pediped sent to us!  


This collage of butterflies will be forever cherished by Kenadi's family once they are done getting collected and displayed at Pediped headquarters.  Thank you in advance for everyone who took the time to color and send in their butterflies - we have our own butterflies just thinking about how amazing you all are!


Kenadi's Recipe Korner 

Pioneer Woman Mashed Potatoes

Nothing shouts "melt in your mouth" like these creamy mashed potatoes.  Kenadi would want you to make a double batch if you knew what was good for you!
  • 5 pounds Russet Or Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • 3/4 cups Butter
  • 1 package (8 Oz.) Cream Cheese, Softened
  • 1/2 cup (to 3/4 Cups) Half-and-Half
  • 1/2 teaspoon (to 1 Teaspoon) Lawry's Seasoned Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon (to 1 Teaspoon) Black Pepper

Peel and cut the potatoes into pieces that are generally the same size. Bring a large pot of water to a simmer and add the potatoes. Bring to a boil and cook for 30 to 35 minutes. When they’re cooked through, the fork should easily slide into the potatoes with no resistance, and the potatoes should almost, but not totally, fall apart.

Drain the potatoes in a large colander. When the potatoes have finished draining, place them back into the dry pot and put the pot on the stove. Mash the potatoes over low heat, allowing all the steam to escape, before adding in all the other ingredients.

Turn off the stove and add 1 ½ sticks of butter, an 8-ounce package of cream cheese and about ½ cup of half-and-half. Mash, mash, mash! Next, add about ½ teaspoon of Lawry’s Seasoning Salt and ½ a teaspoon of black pepper.

Stir well and place in a medium-sized baking dish. Throw a few pats of butter over the top of the potatoes and place them in a 350-degree oven and heat until butter is melted and potatoes are warmed through. 

Note: When making this dish a day or two in advance, take it out of the fridge about 2 to 3 hours before serving time. Bake in a 350-degree oven for about 20 to 30 minutes or until warmed through.


The Kenadi Jean Weis Foundation was honored to be asked to speak at the Northern Hills Militiamen VMC meeting on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at the Caboose in Whitewood, SD. 
The Militiamen are a Service Member Motorcycle Club comprised of Military Members, Fire Fighters, Law Enforcement, EMT's, Doctors and other Public Servants.  
They strive to provide assistance to those who serve and their families in times of need, and to benefit the community.
Thank you Matthew Symonds for the thoughtful introduction!
On the night before All Hallows Eve 2015 a carnival was held from 5 to 7pm at the Creekside Elementary Gym in Spearfish, SD. 
The opening E-Special-ly for you Carnival was the innovation of Suzanne Purvis whose daughter, Cynthia, is a third grade Special Education student at Creekside Elementary School.  Suzanne aspired to create a Halloween celebration accessible to all children who have a special need for fun!     
The well-attended carnival was orchestrated by Special Education Teacher, Karen Kissack, with individual activity stations for the Bean Bag Toss, Rubber Duck Pond, Fishing Fun, Bowling Game and Face Painting hosted by Creekside’s Art Teacher, Julianne Zoller, and her Girl Scout Troops #70022 and #72606; as well as a Mini Pumpkin Painting table presented by the Kenadi Jean Weis Foundation.  The costumed participants also enjoyed Treat Bag Decorating, Disc Golf, a Monsters University Photo Booth, and a Book Walk- with books donated by Barry and Jodi Penn, and the Salvation Army. 
Sensory games like creating Halloween slime with Chemistry Teacher Jessica Zwaschka; panning for gold with Todd Deux from Black Hills Mining Museum and playing with natural, homemade playdough by Veronica Clark offered a great hands-on experience.  
The Shriner Clowns, Pappy and Rowdy, were available in their painted faces and red noses to twist up balloon creations for the kids, and Elsa aka Stephany Carlson from Disney’s Frozen came down from the mountains of Arendelle for a special guest appearance and pictures. 
There was no need to worry about food allergies, limits or getting sick from too much candy at this carnival as only non-food treats were given out- creating a safer, happier Halloween for all!  Prizes for everyone included stickers, puzzles, pencils, erasers, bubbles, bouncy balls, spider rings, and playing cards.    
This carnival was made possible with generous contributions by First Interstate Bank, Lantis Enterprises, Walgreens, Vast, Walmart, McDonalds, All Trade Maintenance & Repair, Black Hills Community Bank, and the United Methodist Church.  
Raffle Prizes were offered by Twilight Salon, Papa Murphy’s, Auto Zone, Mr. Movies, Healing Haven, Lucky’s 13, and Little Caesars Pizza with a drawing held every 15 minutes announced by the orotund-voiced Jason Purvis. Ticket sales totaling $450 were gifted to the non-profit Kenadi Jean Weis Foundation and their efforts to create a world of acceptance, love and success for children of all abilities and their families.

"Christmas, my child, is love in action."

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