Little Superheroes

Little Superheroes, a charity dedicated to providing help and hope for children facing life-threatening illnesses get ready to host their third ‘Festival of Trees’ fundraiser.

FAIRFIELD — Children facing life-threatening illnesses are not wearing capes, but Little Superheroes Founder Christie Kessel considers them to be superheroes of their own.

Little Superheroes is a charity with the mission of providing help and hope to children facing serious health issues, through providing assistance to families facing long term medical crisis.

Kessel and her husband Alex founded the organization after their daughter Valerie was born with a rare condition called chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction. They both decided they wanted to help children who have conditions similar to their daughter’s.

“My purpose in all of this is to educate people,” she said, “most can’t understand this if they haven’t gone through it or watched someone go through it. I want to educate people to be more understanding. There are so many different types of challenges they are facing, it can be a lonely process. We just want to help.”

Kessel said she and other board members help families in need. In order to continue supporting the people, Kessel will put on the third Festival of Trees fundraiser in Fairfield, which will be held Nov. 29 and 30 at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.

The day will feature a Hawkeye Tailgate event at 1 p.m. and children can look forward to crafts and other games on both days.

The organization was founded in 2015, but Kessel said it still continues making a difference in lives.

“Thanks to generous and caring individuals,” Kessel said, “the organization has helped over 20 different families facing serious health struggles by awarding nearly $90,000 in grants. I am completely overwhelmed by the support and people willing to step up and help — it’s amazing we are able to impact so many families.”

The Festival of Trees fundraiser will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 29 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov 30. To support the organization or for more information go to or call Christie Kessel at 641-233-7600.

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