18 - Los Angeles, CA
"When I first began Kid Flicks, every time I collected one hundred movies, I personally delivered them to a local hospital. I am constantly receiving feedback not only from the recipients of the DVDs, but also from people who choose to donate the movies. They often tell me personal stories about being hospitalized as children themselves and wishing they had movies to help them get through the experience. "
Berni Barta was just ten years old when she realized the movies she no longer watched could bring happiness into the lives of other children. Once she decided to donate her old DVDs to a pediatric oncology unit at a nearby hospital, she knew she had begun something powerful. She founded Kid Flicks in 2002, and now oversees and the organization that receives donated DVDs from across the country.
After seeing firsthand the impact the movies had on children in the hospital, Berni began to solicit friends, and organized DVD collection drives at schools and pediatrician offices. Over the years, she has expanded her efforts by contacting movie studios (MGM, Warner Bros., Sony, etc.), other schools, churches, temples, and other businesses.
Kid Flicks helps hospitalized children get through an experience that can be scary, lonely, boring, and/or painful. Many times when a child is hospitalized, watching movies is their only means of distraction. Kid Flicks works with individuals, families, schools, etc. all across the country to organize DVD drives. Berni has been invited to speak to many school groups, Brownie Troops, and adult organizations about how they can get involved with Kid Flicks--and how they can start their own community service organizations.
Berni has received hundreds of thank-you notes from hospitals that have stressed how much patients and their families appreciate the movies. Since its inception, Kid Flicks has donated 55,300 movies to 553 hospitals in all 50 United States and 5 hospitals in South Africa. That's why Berni is a 2010 Woman of Worth.