Not all heroes wear capes: Local group works to help the community

A Hero for Kids was formed by John Kalish, left, who dresses as Batman at community events.

“A Hero for Kids” is a veteran founded, all volunteer, nonprofit organization. It tries to make the community a better place for the children, veterans and first responders.

It partners with schools, law enforcement agencies, fire departments, community groups, civic organizations, veteran groups, nonprofits and like-minded individuals to help where needed.

It works toward its mission by collecting backpacks, school supplies, books and hygiene items, which they then distribute during events or at schools. It offers fellow veterans an opportunity to join them in these days of service which gives them that renewed sense of mission and purpose which many find missing after leaving the military.

John Kalish, is the founder, president and CEO at A Hero for Kids. He is a United States Army veteran 1st infantry division. He now spends his time, dressing up as Batman and helping the community.

“The harder you work for something, the greater you’ll feel when you achieve it,” said Kalish, “Be someone’s hero!”

On Aug. 3, there was a free back to school event in partnership with the city of St. Cloud and the Community Foundation. A total 500 local children had registered and received free backpacks and school supplies, along with free items and discounts offered by the St. Cloud Square Plaza (CF Fitness) merchants.

On Oct. 12, the Inaugural Real Heroes Don’t Wear Capes Gala and Awards Dinner will be taking place. Unsung local heroes who go above and beyond for the community will be recognized. Residents are able to make nominations through

All volunteers who are part of the “A Hero for Kids” movement stand by the motto: “We are focused on helping to make the world around us a better, happier place for our children, our Veterans and our community.”