Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc.

"Giving Back in Brand New Ways" K.I.D.S.' mission is to provide NEW clothing, toys, shoes, baby products, books and more to children and families challenged by poverty, homelessness, domestic abuse, low literacy, military family service, major illness, incarcerated family members, and disaster survival. The idea behind K.I.D.S. is simple. One caring response to one child in the crisis of poverty, with one donation of a new piece of clothing or shoes, a toy or a book of their own. It's about one gift, to one child at a time that builds hope, self-esteem and an opportunity to succeed. Now multiply that by hundreds of thousands, even millions, and you can see how you can help us ma...
Mar 12, 2013

Tomorrow only - globalgiving will provide a 30% match for all donations made to K.I.D.S.

K.I.D.S. Extreme Home Makeovers
K.I.D.S. Extreme Home Makeovers

Multiply Your Cash Donations to K.I.D.S. by 30%

Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 13th, make your gift to K.I.D.S. go even farther. is providing a 30% match to all online donations! 

It's happening tomorrow only and matching begins at 9 a.m. EST, so make a note to remind yourself now!

Every $1 donated enables K.I.D.S. to provide $10 worth of product to needy children.

Tomorrow, every $1 donated will provide $13 worth of new products.

K.I.D.S. has distributed well over $20 million worth of blankets, baby products, clothing, shoes, and
outerwear to victims of Hurricane Sandy thanks to your support.

But our Sandy Relief Efforts are far from complete. Please support our Sandy project or any of our new initiatives by donating tomorrow, March 13th!

K.I.D.S. Disaster Relief Over the Years

Pacific Tsunami occured on Dec 26, 2004.                Last K.I.D.S. relief shipment: Nov 14, 2012.

Hurricane Katrina occured on Aug 28, 2005.             Last K.I.D.S. relief shipment: Feb 23, 2013.

Haiti Earthquake occured on Jan 10, 2010.               Last K.I.D.S. relief shipment: March 11,2013. (two days ago)

Hurricane Sandy occured on Oct 25, 2012.               Last K.I.D.S. relief shipment: March 11,2013. (two days ago)

Today, someone said to me "no one remembers the victims of Hurricane Sandy." I agree! But let's not stop there.

Who remembers New Orleans? Who remembers Port-au-Prince? Who remembers Banda Aceh, Indonesia? Who remembers Sendai, Japan?

K.I.D.S. DOES!   Our commitment to disaster rebuilding goes on for years after the news cameras have left. With incredible national partners like Operation Compassion and local partners like New York City's Legacy Center, K.I.D.S. is able to keep focus on the long-term rebuilding after disasters strike anywhere in the world. Not only do we keep doing the work, but K.I.D.S. has a platform to bring attention to all the needs that still exist.


Hurricane Sandy: Extreme Home Makeovers

K.I.D.S. is bringing attention to the ongoing needs in New York and New Jersey through our Hurricane Sandy Extreme Home Makeover Project in Breezy Point and Far Rockaway Queens. Please find photos of our initial efforts attached.

K.I.D.S. Relief Efforts Over the Last Four Months

Please read below to learn more about K.I.D.S.' Sandy Relief Efforts over the past four months.

None of the above would have been possible without donors like you! K.I.D.S. appreciates all of your support over the last few months.

Best, always,


K.I.D.S. Extreme Home Makeovers
K.I.D.S. Extreme Home Makeovers

Mar 5, 2013

K.I.D.S. Launches a National Safe Sleep Campaign

Mother and Child-K.I.D.S. LA  Safe Sleep Campaign
Mother and Child-K.I.D.S. LA Safe Sleep Campaign

Since 1985, K.I.D.S. has touched the lives of over 70 million children in need by providing them with their most basic essentials: shoes, clothing, home goods, books, back-to-school supplies and baby products. In 2013, K.I.D.S. will continue to provide families with the aforementioned goods, but we will take our efforts even further by launching special initiatives focused on important crises/needs throughout the country. 

The following was written by Chris Blake, K.I.D.S. Interim President.


A few years ago, I attended a birthday party unlike any that I have ever been to before. It was a bittersweet memorial for a boy, Raymond, who would have turned 3 years old. The mom and dad visited the cemetery and then invited close friends and family over for cake and ice cream. The boy’s grandmother said a prayer.  The family lit candles around Raymond’s picture and lit the cake and sang ‘Happy Birthday.’

Of course Raymond wasn’t there. His very short life taught me, first hand, about a troubling statistic that most people only read about: African American babies are more than twice as likely as whites to die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).  Years ago, I remember my mom talking about “crib death.”  Now, known as “SIDS,” it is the sudden death of an apparently healthy baby, usually occurring during sleep.  The Center for Disease Control statistics highlights the alarming racial disparities among SIDS deaths.  (Read more SIDS statistics from the CDC here)

Though SIDS is still the number one cause of death in infants in the United States, its occurrence has declined nationally since 1994, thanks in great part to the national Back to Sleep campaign.  The Back to Sleep campaign is recognized as the most successful public health campaign in our nation’s history.  While this progress is tremendous, SIDS rates remain significantly higher among African American and low-income populations.

This is unacceptable.  We know how to lower these rates, but the messages haven’t successfully reached these most vulnerable populations.

The message is simple:

1. Put a Sleeping Baby on His Back (side and tummy positions are not safe)

2. Crib, Firm Mattress, No Soft Toys or Bedding

3. Don’t Smoke Around Your Baby

4. Keep Your Sleeping Baby in Your Room, but Not in Your Bed

This is why K.I.D.S. is announcing a new targeted approach to keeping low-income and African American babies alive, “K.I.D.S. Safe Sleep Centers.” This campaign aims to educate parents and caregivers of young children about safe sleeping conditions coupled with the donation of new cribs, which meet the latest safety standards. For the educational component, K.I.D.S. will work with local partners to ensure recipients receive adequate training on crib and child safety. K.I.D.S.’ Campaign was launched in Los Angeles in early February. Families who attended our first event received 200 brand-new new cribs,valued at $60,000, and 200 mattresses.

To learn more about K.I.D.S.’ Safe Sleep Campaign please click here and visit our blog. 

K.I.D.S. thanks you for all of your support, helping us to reach thousands of families in need. But, we need YOUR help to ensure the success of our Safe-Sleep Campaign. GlobalGiving has given us an opportunity to make this happen.

On Wednesday, March 13th, Global Giving is providing a 30% match to all online donations up to $1,000 per donor!  There is a total of $50,000 available in matching funds to GlobalGiving partners, so please make your donation early in the day to ensure that it is matched. Please note that this special day of matching begins on March 13th, at 9 a.m. EST, until 9 p.m. EST. The earlier in the day your donation is made, the more likely your gift will be matched. As always, (in addition to the 30% match) every $1 donated enables K.I.D.S. to provide $10 worth of product to needy children and families.

We hope we can count on you next Wednesday, March 13th. Mark your calendars now and please click here on the 17th to make your matching gift!

With kindest regards,


Father and Sons - K.I.D.S. LA  Safe Sleep Campaign
Father and Sons - K.I.D.S. LA Safe Sleep Campaign
1 on 1 Training - K.I.D.S. LA Safe Sleep Launch
1 on 1 Training - K.I.D.S. LA Safe Sleep Launch
Mother and Daughter - LA  Safe Sleep Campaign
Mother and Daughter - LA Safe Sleep Campaign


Nov 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy: Impact, Loss and K.I.D.S.' Swift Response

K.I.D.S. Thanks YOU for supporting our Efforts
K.I.D.S. Thanks YOU for supporting our Efforts

Immediately following the hurricane, K.I.D.S.’ team members were on the ground responding to the needs of individuals and families severely stricken by this Superstorm. While some K.I.D.S. team members evaluated the storm’s damage in Brooklyn and East Rockaway, others distributed clothing, hats, gloves and diapers in Coney Island. To date, K.I.D.S. has distributed well over $3 million worth of critical relief supplies to victims of Hurricane Sandy. Below are a few examples of children and families that have benefited from K.I.D.S.’ Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts.

Brooklyn, NY

In Brooklyn, K.I.D.S. team members distributed kid-essentials: socks, undergarments, sweatpants and sweatshirts. It was here that we met Kitley, a struggling mother of three, who had experienced the damage and displacement of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. “I couldn’t believe this was happening to me again. I lost all of my children’s winter clothing, but thankfully, K.I.D.S. came when I needed help,” said Kitley. 

It is clear that K.I.D.S.’ services are of dire importance to those affected by the storm. Sandy continues to challenge the lives of adults and children alike. K.I.D.S. is proud to have already distributed well over $340,000 worth of children’s winter clothing and blankets, as well as $170,000 worth of winter shoes and boots to help families like Kitley’s. All of this was made possible thanks to our generous product donors: Jockey International, Kahn Lucas, Nano, and UGG Australia.

Queens, NY

In the midst of immense pain and destruction, stories of hope and rebuilding are a beacon of light. Currently, K.I.D.S., in partnership with The Legacy Center (TLC), is in the process of reconstructing a home-based daycare center in Rockaway, owned by Damaris, a TLC volunteer. In the note below, The Legacy Center’s Operation Director, Diana Denis, speaks about Damaris’ loss:

Damaris is a TLC volunteer and a mother of three. She and her husband bought their dream home in Far Rockaway a few years ago. She opened a private daycare center in her home over a year ago. When her husband, Pedro, became physically disabled and could no longer work, their daycare center became the  major source of the family’s income. Hurricane Sandy destroyed her first floor, taking her children's  bedroom furniture, their clothing, and living, dining and kitchen furniture. The biggest hit, however, was  losing the daycare center. 

There are countless other stories of families suffering immense loss, but K.I.D.S. will not be deterred by those numbers. As David Coleman,  K.I.D.S’ Interim President states: “Whether it’s addressing the day-to-day challenges of poverty and homelessness, or taking action at a moment’s notice to address the needs of children and families who are struck by a natural disaster like Sandy, it’s been K.I.D.S. mission for 27 years to offer hope and let people know someone cares.” There is indeed hope, and we thank you for making K.I.D.S.' work possible.

Please find photos of our team on the ground in Coney Island and Rockaway, and a big thank you from the K.I.D.S. team, attached!

Damaris' Daycare Center
Photos of K.I.D.S. Sandy Relief- Coney Island
Photos of K.I.D.S. Sandy Relief- Coney Island
K.I.D.S. Sandy Relief - Rockaway
K.I.D.S. Sandy Relief - Rockaway
Rockaway Diaper Distribution
Rockaway Diaper Distribution
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