Raising Money to benefit organizations that assist in caring for and providing resources to sick infants and families who have lost infants in and around Central Iowa

The John D. Gomke Charity, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was created in John Donald Gomke’s honor by John’s parents Steve and Jessica Gomke after John became an angel on January 6, 2010 at only 33-days-old.

Our mission is to “help other families prevent and cope with infant and young child loss, one baby step at a time.”

Where John’s Charity money goes

During the last 7 years that John’s Charity has been established, here are a few things we have been able to do with the funds are:

• We have put 25 Defibrillators (AEDs) into 9 area school districts. This includes having one in each building and at least one or two to travel with and be on the sidelines at sporting events.
Including: Adel-De Soto-Minburn, Nodaway Valley, Guthrie Center, Panorama, Van Meter, Winterset, Dallas Center-Grimes, Woodward-Granger, West Central Valley.

• We continue the upkeep of replacement pads and batteries every two years for the infant pads and every five years for the adult pads. If a set of pads has been opened and used we will replace them also.

• We have provided infant and small child CPR and First Aid training to over 100 people on a Free Will Donation Basis from a Certified American Heart Association Trainer.

• We have provided keepsakes to over 150 families going through a loss. Including, but not limited to, hand and foot print molds and ink prints.

• We honor Angel Babies at our events, name a Star after each of them and present it to the family. We will continue to remember each of these Angels in years to come.

• We adopt families to help them get through their first Holiday Season without their Angel each year. 


Cost of AEDs:

ZOLL AED Plus School &
Community Value Package

• original cost: $1,814
• we pay: $1,360
ZOLL AED Plus Mobile Responder Value Package
• original cost: $2,173
• we pay: $1,661.70
ZOLL® Replacement CPR-D•padz (every 5 years)
• cost: $169 we pay: $125.06
ZOLL® pedi•padz™ II + 10 Lithium
Batteries (every 2 years)

• cost: $95+$35.95 we pay: $70.3+26.6


How We Raise Money:

John D Gomke Charity Classic Golf Tournament :

• Held the second Saturday in June each year.
• 4-man best shot tournament, tee times at 7:00am and 1:30pm with lunch provided in between.
• Includes contests and prizes.

John’s Baby Steps 5K Run/Walk:

• Held the first Saturday in October each year.
• 5K race and 1 Mile Memory Walk routes.
• Begins with Angel Baby Star presentation and balloon release and ends with Kids Fun Run at Kinnick-Feller Park in Adel.

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John D. Gomke Charity, Inc.
P.O. Box 613
DeSoto, IA 50069