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King's Daughters Celebrates 125 Years

The King’s Daughters 125th Anniversary


Tuesday, May 4, 2021

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – Caring for children since 1896. Now that is worth celebrating.

The King’s Daughters is commemorating its 125th anniversary of service to children and their families.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and from May through November, The King’s Daughters will mark this milestone year and promote children’s mental health while raising funds, friends, and awareness for CHKD.

You can be part of the action – visit to learn more, volunteer, give back through our 1896 Society, or attend an event. “We are excited to have virtual and hybrid options with the hope of a return to in-person events like RunWalk for the Kids and more on the horizon,” said Lisa Coleman, Executive Director.

Follow The King’s Daughters on Facebook and Instagram (@kingsdaughterschkd) where they’ll be sharing history, stories, and trivia with #KDturns125 and a giveaway. The organization also recently donated its historical records to the Sergeant Memorial Collection of Norfolk Public Library, and plans for an exhibit are underway.

The King’s Daughters turns 125 in the midst of a bold appeal – raising an additional $2 million to complete its $3 million pledge to CHKD’s Mental Health Hospital. CHKD is a community treasure, and the new mental health hospital opening in 2022 will be another lifesaving resource for families.

The King's Daughters, founding organization of Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, provides support to CHKD through fundraising, volunteerism, leadership, and advocacy. The organization began its charitable work in 1896 when a group of forward-thinking women wanted to help the sick children of Norfolk. They established a visiting nurse service, a series of clinics, and CHKD, going from a single nurse on a bicycle to the only freestanding children’s hospital in Virginia. The King’s Daughters, a distinct nonprofit from CHKD, is still very active today, with a full-time staff, board of directors, and approximately 1,000 adult and teenage volunteers. Membership is open to anyone who has a desire to support CHKD.

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