• Report: #1062950

Complaint Review: Uplifting kids charity

  • Submitted: Fri, June 28, 2013
  • Updated: Fri, June 28, 2013

  • Reported By: Kellykelly — Scottsdale Arizona
Uplifting kids charity
12725 w. Indian school rd Avondale, Arizona USA

Uplifting kids charity AKA Taylorsdiscountstores Charity Scam Avondale Arizona

*Consumer Comment: 7/04/2014

*General Comment: How I heard of Uplifting Kids

*Consumer Comment: Oh Melissa Stop The Lies Your Making Yourself Look Bad

*Consumer Comment: Emails from this charity

*Consumer Comment: Beware, she will file false reports about you

*General Comment: Grammar

*Consumer Suggestion: Shame On You For Filing False Reports On This Charity & There Employees So Sad

*Author of original report: Knew it!

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: This report seems to accurate

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Wrong

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I recently decided to become a volunteer and find a charity that needs my help. I have a passion for autism and found an AD on craigslist needing volunteers for an Autism charity. I signed up and went to meet the CEO. There was a medium sized group of volunteers there as well. The CEO (Felicia Gregory) arrived late. She was present with her "staff" which consisted of her children and family members (her family members all has a last name of Taylor). She was recruiting people to work for her selling phantom fireworks for 4th of July. She stated she recently relocated the charity here from Las Vegas about 3 years ago because there was a "greater need in AZ". It sounded off to me... The firework sales is supposed to go to a charity for autism and breast cancer. This fundraiser would last about 7 days and she was hoping to raise 60k. (Last year she raised 50k) she seemed very ghetto and her family was as well. [continued below]....

..... She even mentioned how she carries a pistol at all times. Although she provided proof of all the right legal documents for this charity, I still saw too many red flags and googled her. She has a record in AZ for disorderly conduct and this popped up on google for Las Vegas as well. Needless to say I will not be helping this charity out. It must be nice for her to make 60k in 7 days and not work the rest of the year and call it "charity". I'm sure that money goes to support her income throughout the year and not to help any kids with autism or breast cancer. Her website for the charity is www.upliftingkids.org and mentions nothing about autism or breast cancer... I did research on charities since then and found that an honest charity will post on their webpage an annual report of how contributions are spent... There is no annual report on the uplifting kids website. Since its a new charity I'm sure she has a few years before the IRS catches up to this charity scam.


This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 06/28/2013 04:49 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Uplifting-kids-charity/Avondale-Arizona-85392/Uplifting-kids-charity-AKA-Taylorsdiscountstores-Charity-Scam-Avondale-Arizona-1062950. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Comment

7/04/2014

AUTHOR: upliftingkids2240 - ()

You know its really sad that Rip reports let people write bad things about a good charity like Uplifting Kids, who give back so much and do quite a bit for the community, and the people that are writing theses reports we know who you are, you were looking for a free ride out I mean the least you can do is be honest you wanted the chairty to write off on some hours you had for violating the law, something to do with fireworks and etc.

When you were told that there was nothing we could do to help you, you turned to this, theses people are not low lives that we help with community service they are people just like us and thats looking to fulfill there community service, there is a million differents ways that they can do so I don't believe every forum I read and I also don't believe everything I read on the internet either.

There are a million sharks out here thats harrass charities, businesses, people in general just because they have time on there hands as long as Uplifting Kids is not doing anything illegal I don't see what the problem is.

We have numerous of emails to back up our story and what about you.

The celbrity that was looking for a free ride was not happy because Uplifting Kids could not help, you know its really sad and if  you felt like Uplifting Kids have done something outside of the law then guess what report it to the law til then I really don't have nothing much to say but Keep up the good work Uplifting Kids.

And I have one more question to ask how is Uplifting Kids RIPPING OFF ANYONE IF THEY ARE HELPING THEM HOW ARE THEY RIPPING THEM OFF IT MAKES NO SENSE AND IF YOU HAVE BEEN RIPPED OFF WERE IS YOUR PROOF. WHAT WAS THE POINT IN THIS REPORT? You basicly put yourself out there you were not looking of ways to do community service you decided to find a charity that you heard about on a blog of some sort and go after them because of this blog shame on you and at the same time you needed help and because you were turned down you decided to go this route wow is all I can say 

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#2 General Comment

How I heard of Uplifting Kids

AUTHOR: Angry Old Lady - ()

Hearing about a cushy "Community Service" gig that a Hollywood celeb pulled...serving his time speaking to college students about fashion...I became interested in just what qualifies as community service in today's justice system. I wound up at a site  where people were posting questions asking how they could fulfill their court ordered hours "in a hurry." 

 

One answer caught my eye. The respondant said that her brother and his friends had been "saved from jail time" by this wonderful charity. You just call them and pay them so much per hour that you need credit for and they will send you a "professional letterhead and everything" document. They are a 501 and for $50 they can overnight it. It's called Uplifting Kids.  I couldn't believe it! So I went to their website. You can tell in two minutes they are bogus. Try as they might the ghetto creeps through.  It's disgusting!  I wanted to get them looked at by the authorities and a little more looking around led me to this site. Seems this phony charity is quite diversified! LOL but how low can you get? Letting small time criminals slide on their community service by...ripping THEM off! Haha 

 

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#3 Consumer Comment

Oh Melissa Stop The Lies Your Making Yourself Look Bad

AUTHOR: Consumer Truth - ()

 Nothing about this report is fake what was fake is when she put out a honest charity believing what she first of all put in the report along with some nasty things her and her colleagues had to say , no one should be aware of Felicia or her organization its alot of jealous people that wishes they could be in her shoes, how would you know how this lady conduct her business or run her business or about her criminal record you go off of here and say which is really sad, get your facts straight before judging a charity and people that do honest work for the community its sad that you would waste your time and post fake things like this to get people attention when the fact of the matter is you can't shut the charity down you can't do anything in this world to harm it you can sit here and write all the fake and crazy reports you want and your still getting no were when the fact of the matter is you have been harrassing this lady over and over again with over 15 emails bothering her about donating we have proof this is crazy and childish what you are doing is stirring up some mess and you need to grow up and leave that charity alone and move on , I happened to like this charity and Felicia and the work that she does for the community , so before you go on judging a charity you have no clue about look and dig a little deeper ok, if you choose to donate with another charity then thats fine and if you choose to work and volunteer with another charity thats your choice but the emails you have sent to this charity were very childish and unnessary point blank leave them alone go away , you are a problem and worry about your job and who trust you , did you look into her criminal history do she have felony , what kind of charges can you verify you have nothing so stop talking about theses people and move on with your life , if you have a job great keep it , if you have been doing things and getting people information and stealing it then they will catch up to you and they will arrest you , i know what you are talking about when you made  a comment about the fireworks they worked for a fraud company that did them wrong completly and lied and had them sitting out in a hot sun for a little bit of nothing the proceeds were suppose to go to children with autism but how are they going to go to kids with autism if you cant even make any money so its not there fault , before reading other fake post investigate theses matters on your own dont go by what you hear word to the wise , Felicia with uplifting kids tried very hard to make money doing a fundraise that turned out to be a disaster she and her volunteers was very hurt by the turn out but thats life I'm quite sure there are other ways to help out i trust her completly and she would do anything for anyone , i happened to love the charity they have done alot of great work and i love there commercial as well as for you , you seem to be digging up some false statements that was made to her and her organization and went head over heels with it why i dont know you have to ask yourself that question, you simply believed what you seen in a report against her and feed off of it which is really sad i get to know the charity first and then i make the final say so but if i dont like what they are doing i simply dont bother with them because maybe someone else likes there charity , and to be honest what charity dont someone talk about ?????? so just stop this nosense and move on find something to do with your time far as your job they will investigate you and see if anything is true and please stop this nosenset with theses fake emails the ones that came from her came from you and dont go and create a fake emails and then say they she said some nasty things when in fact she didnt thats even more crazy dont make yourself look anymore worser then you already do and then you start to bring down your company ok just let it go its not worth it

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#4 Consumer Comment

Emails from this charity

AUTHOR: GoldenRule - ()

This charity wrote a false report about me, after I inquired about donating, researched here, then decided not to donate once she got back to me. She thought i was someone she had met before, etc. Attaching just a few of her unprofessional emails...BEWARE! She will call anyone she knows and write about you...be careful in posting.

 

 

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#5 Consumer Comment

Beware, she will file false reports about you

AUTHOR: GoldenRule - ()

I just had to file a rebuttal to a fake report this person made about me. Word of warning, I would not write any details because if she knows who you are, she will file a fake report. Such a shame to waste time on that sort of thing if there is really a charity to run. 

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#6 General Comment

Grammar

AUTHOR: English Teacher - ()

The difference between knowing your crap and knowing you're crap.  Sounds like a lot of ranting to get people to look elsewhere.

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#7 Consumer Suggestion

Shame On You For Filing False Reports On This Charity & There Employees So Sad

AUTHOR: scottdavis - ()

 I have a few things to say for one I know this charity and they have done great work for alot of people and many diffrent types of awareness, its really sad that you have people that will attack other people and local charity off of hear say. Get the facts first, to bring down a charity with false accusations willl take alot. I have someone in my family that personally volunteered as well as myself with this charity and had nothing but great things to say about the Ceo Felicia and her board members. I decided to do my own investigation the company that replied back ,  an employee of phantom says that they called the police and seeking there attorneys advice but the fact of the matter when I called the charity they told me they had to file charges on you for threatening them police report number is 20131206365 now how can you explain that. People don't feed into everything you here because its not always true get the facts as far as to the previous report indiacating that Felicia carrys a gun in fact she do from time to time i know a few people that knows her very well and she is a very nice and professional young lady from my understanding and to other people  and the reason being is because some of the events are hosted in some ruff neighborhoods and some bad areas due to the high demands of people needing help. so she wanted to be safe there is nothing wrong with that at all

 Its only to protect herself and her members and staff and children , i dug a bit further when in the previous report it sad that she was locked up for prostition all wrong people get your facts straight she do not have a felony she was not locked up over such crime this is really really sad, to the person that is writing all of theses fake reports and making up stories how can you live with yourself , you made up all of theses fake reports to prove what ,you didnt prove anything other then you are a liar, my family member that came to the meeting remember everything that was said , she was not at one time unprofessional however she did apoligize for being late from picking up a staff member getting there to the orientation but its her meeting , and then you went even further to say that she got all of theses criminal history when she do not i know that also for a fact please tell me what exactly are you trying to prove to anyone and the store that you are speaking up taylorsdiscountstore is a known real store nothing fake and false about it , far as the peterdiscountstore I dont know anything about who he is and were he come , thats to bad you didnt volunteer and help out because of false information you were told thats really to bad, the next time you want to take time out of your life and make a report about a charity or a person that runs the charity get the facts were is your police report , were is proof of her background check, come forward , say who you are this is all wrong and im upset because i take pride in wonderful charities and this charity i like alot and i dont care what anyone have to say about it, there was not just one family member that volunteer with this charity or felicia there were several.

She is very professional , very kind, understanding, she is very passionate about kids how dare you talk about her or the charity and then put fake reports on her like this you aught to be ashamed of yourselfs for doing this and theses said rebuttals, you need to call the charity yourselfs and get some clarity or contact her attorney this is all wrong and fake and it needs to be stopped.

I advise you all to look and investigate before jumping the guns its wrong and you  know its wrong you have not proven anything at all , and the person with phantom i head the full story on what you did to this charity and Felciia and Lavontay she was able to provide me with proof and emails to back up her story whats your excuse???

The fact is phantom got there fireworks back more than 94% and credit card machines and pod keys to get into the pod with there items boxed up , this charity don't owe you anything at all they sweated bullets outside in the heat for money to go to local charities and that couldnt happen because they didnt make anything for seven days the only busy day was on the fourth of July and you got paid for that , yeah she sent us records , how is it you dont have your own records but you are a business or employee get your facts right about your company and leave this charity alone, far as the irs i called to see if they were in good standing and they are and in the state of arizona i dont know were you all are getting your stories but this needs to be stopped.

You can't stop her from running her charity the way she wants to run it , you can't stop her and by putthing this up on ripoff reports is nothing going to help or solve anything its just like the bbb let it go, I'm quite sure she has plenty of volunteers and people that is passionate like myself when it comes to community work and kids , can anyone step up and say what she did wrong to your kids ??? Anybody and show proof , can anyone prove that she has done something illegal??? can anyone stand up and say i have a copy of her criminal history and she is a scammer???? or she has been to jail over prosititing i have meet this lady face to face and she is a very nice looking young lady and she dont come off as being a prostute running a charity im sorry thats my opionon, stop judging people and this charity and get the known facts first stop going off of what you here.

I need to clarify one more thing this lady or rather charity didn't make over 50k last year off of a fundraise you totally misunderstood what she said doing the orientation and if you had such a probelm why didnt you get up and leave or if you felt like she was ghetto she was not ghetto or unproffesional at no times she was, very nice to everyone and spoke very professional , enough of this mess. Someone must be paying you to say theses crazy things about Felicia and the charity and as to thoses people talking about some furniture you lied to , were is your report number, I looked a little bit further into the store taylorsdiscount store was shut down years ago and no longer exist but it was a legit store as for the other store with petersdiscount store i dont know anything about that and i highly doubt that she would commit such crime when she had a store that was doing well until the economy changed years back but the store was up and running and legal and she have paperwork to prove it none of you have came forth with proof of anything you are just talking and saying terrible things but this lady was able to supply with me with facts and details and paperwork how can you explain what you said when you dont have any proof thats soooo sad and low. Stop it you are making your ownself look bad she can back up her side can you ??? And if so prove it and not just by typing it on the internet i mean facts.

I think i know who you are to and you are one of thoses people she didnt hire to help out with the charity so you took it upon yourself to make up false reports on her and this charity uplifting kids , your bitterness got in the way so sad grow up and get a life and stop making false reports and no one with her organization went to jail or have a warrent out for there arrest and the charity is still standing and always will try and have a good day and say something nice to somone for once.

 This charity is awesome and I will forever be a volunteer whenever you need my help and my family will forever help out we have alot of fun with this charity and there good work for the community this only makes them stronger however the Ceo had something to say but decided not to rebuttal she said its really distrubing to know that people can take the time out and put such a wonderful charity down over false accusations, instead of learning the truth and the facts , she said she was disappointed because of the things that were said but she said there is nothing she can do about it but move forward she said she is way to busy of a person then to let something that is not even true to begin with effect her role and her job and duty as a ceo of uplifting kids, she said she is very passionate about what she do for the community and children , and she wants you all to know that she thank you for standing up for what is right and not going off of what other people or businesses is saying because there is always two sides to a story, and she said for everyone to get there facts straight before ever moving forward in any situation and respect others and if you have a probelm with any business or person to deall with it with them one on one,  she denied all of theses accusations and she decided to move on and keep doing what she do best and that doing a good deed for the public , i just want to say it dont make you a bad person because you carry a gun that is the state of arizona law get mad at them she carrys when necessary not everyday , i   was bothered by theses fake reports more then she was and she is the ceo ,she handled herself well, she say maybe there will be more fake and false reports coming out what more can she do about it people have a right to say what they want to say and for thoses who believe in previous statements well good luck to you , i just want to say to Felicia the ceo good job and thanks for setting a great example for your charity and people and staff as well as volunteers we thank you and appreciate everything that you do i know you have had some obstacles but you have over came alot and keep up the good work may God bless you and your charity have a great day.

 

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#8 Author of original report

Knew it!

AUTHOR: Kellykelly - ()

I could tell her story didn't add up. I'm glad I didnt participate in her illegal activity. I'm sorry your company lost money, if you need more info on her and her previous scams here a link to her Las Vegas scam: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Petersdiscountstore-Taylorsdiscountstore/las-vegas-Nevada-89129/Petersdiscountstore-Taylorsdiscountstore-Furniture-Scam-Las-Vegas-Nevada-Peter-Jones-co-549902

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#9 UPDATE EX-employee responds

This report seems to accurate

AUTHOR: Phantom - ()

I work for the fireworks company mentioned and can confirm that Uplifting Kids along with the CEO Felicia Gregory and Treasurer Lavontay Taylor contracted to run two fireworks tents in the Phoenix area for the July 2013 season.

They did not return the credit card machines or any unsold product.  A Volunteer took a bus and met us at one of the locations and gave us the keys to the containers.  The credit card machine without any of the cords, case or paperwork was inside one container and the complete credit card machine with case and cords was inside the other.  The containers also container about 40% of the total product delivered, which we have in our possession.

 

This missing 60% of fireworks equates to about $20,000 in CASH that is missing as of July 9th.  No one is returning our phone calls and the matter is being turned over to our corporate attorneys and Law Enforcement.

 

 

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#10 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Wrong

AUTHOR: Chris - ()

I have no idea who theses people are talking about Felicia or a wonderful orgnization that helps kids and people this is all wrong and false information you should be ashamed of yourself  

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