Two Days of Compassion

Support critically ill children and their families, make a donation today! Tune into KMRY November 15 and 16 to support Eastern Iowa children.



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Round up at Your Local Fareway Store

Round up at your local Fareway Store October 2-21 to support Variety and Iowa children.

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Variety Grants $2.4 Million

Variety awards $2,428,257 to 70 Iowa children’s charities through its grant program.

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Upcoming Events

Two Days of Compassion (Cedar Rapids)


Two Days of Compassion is a two-day event that raises funds for the Variety Compassion Fund. The...

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Two Days of Compassion (Des Moines)


Two Days of Compassion raises funds for the Variety Compassion Fund. The Variety Compassion Fund...

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Des Moines Sweetheart Charity Date Auction


Single? Looking for a Valentine's date? Join us for the 7th annual Des Moines Sweetheart Date Night...

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Latest News

Cost Cutters (Cedar Rapids) to Donate $1 per Cut to Variety


Participating stores: 3301 Mt Vernon Rd SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 2300 Edgewood Rd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 3601 29th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids,…

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Round up at Your Local Fareway Store to Support Variety


Fareway Stores, Inc. has partnered with Variety – the Children’s Charity to conduct the third annual round up at the register from Monday,…

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Variety to Build Second All-Inclusive Playground in Des Moines

Variety – the Children’s Charity is proud to announce it will begin work on its second all-inclusive Star Playground in Des Moines. Variety’s newest playground will be located at Riverview Park.


The Variety Star Playground at Riverview Park will be ramped for accessibility, have a poured in place rubber surface and will provide opportunities for children and adults of all abilities to interact together through play. The playground will include shade canopies, play structures to promote core strength, harnessed swings, a saucer swing that allows children to lay flat to experience sensation of swinging and other additional features.


Variety elected to build the Star Playground at Riverview Park because of the park’s centralized location and because it is currently the focus of a revitalization effort.  This larger project will transform the park with the addition of an entertainment stage and shelter. Variety hopes the Star Playground project will infuse additional excitement and energy into the park overhaul.


Upon completion, the playground will be gifted to the city of Des Moines. Des Moines Parks and Recreation department will be responsible for maintenance and upkeep.


Variety has secured its lead gift through a generous grant from the Polk County Board of Supervisors. Additional funding will be sought through grants, corporate donations and individual gifts.

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