Every donation allows us to reach in-need children nationwide. Here are some stories of how product donations have impacted the lives on impoverished children in the west coast and east coast:
NEW YORK:Sophia comes from a single parent home, and her father is all she has. He struggles to make ends meet as many immigrant families do, and after housing and food, there's very little money to provide brand new clothing for his little girl.
Jacob comes from a family where his daddy is very sick with heart disease, which prevents him from working. A sensitive little boy, he's anxious every time his dad goes to the doctor for yet another test, and senses just how much the stress is taking a toll on his mom.
Their community partnership with K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Lighthouse Outreach Ministries in Copiague, New York has been able to help their families, and several hundred others, find a way to provide the kind of quality items that they otherwise could not easily afford.
We would not be able to get these wonderful donations to some of the neediest children in the nation without your support. Thank you so much for your contribution. We look forward to reaching more children in need than never before, and we cannot do it without your financial support.
CALIFORNIA: Through our partnership with community agencies, we are able to reach the neediest children and families. We recently received some incredible feedback regarding our product donations from Tasha-Nicole Terani, founder of our community partner, Every Child's Dream Foundation, in Westlake, California. The agency does remarkable work for thousands of orphaned and abandoned children. Tasha sent us this picture of "Avalon" (who was named after the place where she was found) and her brand new ladybug pillow pet, which, Tasha says, she is now cuddling with in her new foster home!
It is this kind of compassion and dedication that makes us proud to be affiliated with the agencies in our partner network. Most importantly, we would not be able to provide this wonderful product without your support. For every $1 donated, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers is able to donate over $10 worth of brand new product to underprivileged families across the nation. From our experience, we know product donations like these help fulfill the needs of disadvantaged children and adults, demonstrating to them that they are worthy of being valued.
Due to the tremendous support of our product donors, your gift is multiplied ten-fold: a $30 donation provides over $300 worth of new merchandise to needy families.
Our goal is to raise $5,000, which will provide $50,000 worth of brand new merchandise, such as clothes, books, toys, home items and more to disadvantaged children and adults who are in dire need of the basics across the nation.
Please help us continue our mission by donating now. Thank you again for your valuable support.
As a result of the wonderful support of our donors, K.I.D.S. reached the children pictured above as well as so many others. Thanks to our ability to efficiently and effectively reach populations most in need, K.I.D.S. was recently ranked at number 207 on the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s 2013 ranking of the Philanthropy 400, with a 29% increase in private support over the previous year.
K.I.D.S. receives product donations from over 1,000 manufacturers and retailers and then distributes the new clothing, books, shoes, toys, educational materials and home goods that kids need to local social service agencies around the country, which they integrate into their programs. Over 98% of K.I.D.S.' total expenses go towards our programs, which has led the following organizations to recognize our outstanding commitment to fiscal management, transparency and service impact.
Charity Navigator, the rating agency for all not-for-profits, has awarded K.I.D.S. its "exceptional" 4 star rating for six years in a row indicating that K.I.D.S. consistently executes its mission in a way that outperforms most other charities in America.
Forbes Magazine ranks K.I.D.S. among the top 200 non-profit agencies and calls K.I.D.S. one of "America's Most Efficient Charities."
The National Better Business Bureau has given K.I.D.S. its highest ranking for 5 years in a row.
It starts with one person like you who makes a generous donation to K.I.D.S. Due to the tremendous support of our product donors, your gift is then multiplied ten-fold: a $25 gift provides $250 of new merchandise. It ends with children and families in need receiving something new of their own to experience the joy, relief, and pride that so many of us feel when we receive something brand new.
Please help us continue our mission by donating now.
Following August's alarming news about the deep cutbacks in national Head Start programs resulting from the government sequestration, it’s heartening to see community service agencies rising up to help economically challenged children during the back-to-school season. Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) was fortunate to be one of several supporters that contributed to the second annual Watts Back to School Giveaway in California that distributed new backpacks, provided by K.I.D.S., filled with much-needed educational resources and support for children, pre-school age to 12th grade.
Organized by Philanthropic Society Los Angeles (PSLA), a support group of Children’s Institute, Inc. (CII), the August 3rd event enlisted support from companies and organizations, including Mattel and nearly 20 other sponsors, to distribute the educational materials to approximately 4,000 to 5,000 children and their families in the Watts community who receive services from CII, a nationally recognized organization that helps children and youth severely affected by community and family violence.
PSLA President Rochelle Gores Fredston (center) and members of her family greet three young students who are ready for school.
“Providing the resources that children need to start school better prepared is exactly what Philanthropic Society Los Angeles strives to achieve,” said PSLA president Rochelle Gores Fredston. “We’re reaching children who need this support the most.”
In addition to receiving filled backpacks, attendees learned about good nutrition and healthy cooking through demos and snacks from the Watts Healthy Farmers Market, and received useful community information from event partners.
This was our second collaboration with CII, and our first one with PSLA. Seeing the smiles of the children proudly carrying their brand-new backpacks makes us look forward to many fruitful partnerships to come. In these challenging times, the children need our teamwork more than ever.
Recently, K.I.D.S. connected with Kathleen Nguyn, Communications Associate at our partner agency in Fremont, California. She quickly forwarded to us a tragic letter from a teacher in Freemont, California, about a family who lost all of their belongings in a fire. They are temporarily staying with a friend, but the children are in desperate need of toys, blankets, school supplies, hygiene products - basically, anything and everything.
Upon hearing this, we immediately reached out to our generous corporate donor, Carter's. We connected them with a Carter's store in their neighborhood, which provided them with brand new clothing, at nos cost to them or our partner agency! Thank you Carter's and thank you GlobalGiving partner for making this a possibility!
As you can see in the pictures below, our partner received enough donations to help this family and many otherchildren as well.
K.I.D.S. is also asking that you Mark Your Calendars Now!
GlobalGiving's June Bonus Day is fast approaching. On Wednesday, June 12th, GlobalGiving will match donations made through GlobalGiving.org up to $1,000 per donor. There is $90,000 available in matching funds so please help us reach our project's goals. Matching begins that day at 9 am EDT and lasts until funds run out or 11:59 pm EDT.
Please visit this link http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/clothing-toys-books-for-kids-in-need/ on June 12th!
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.
K.I.D.S. AGAINST SIDS
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,
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