K.I.D.S. CONTINUES NATIONAL "CLOTHES 4 K.I.D.S." CAMPAIGN AND MULTIPLE STATE CAMPAIGNS 2012 has entered with a big bang, with major product distributions taking place throughout the country. Whether as part of the national "Clothes 4 K.I.D.S." Campaign or through our state campaigns, product donors, local agencies and communities are working together to ensure that those otherwise neglected are provided the essentials they need to survive and thrive. Read more. LETTER FROM THE CHAIRMAN Dear friends, colleagues and supporters, In the midst of unstable economic conditions, K.I.D.S. continues to successfully work through fluctuations in the markets and reductions in excess inventory to serve the poor, the neglected and the dependent. Because of its central importance, we at K.I.D.S. have designated 2012 as "Clothes 4 K.I.D.S." year because apparel, undergarments and outerwear are the most essential items that children require to attend and function in school. And, while we have diversified to include such other products as books, dvds, home goods, personal care items, shoes and baby gear, our greatest need still remains the clothes that kids put on their backs. As you will see described in the pages throughout this Newsletter, our national "Clothes 4 K.I.D.S." campaign is taking us around the United States from California to Florida; from Houston to Georgia. In communities throughout the country, we are linking product donors with community recipients in order for the impact of merchandise to be seen and felt. In Miami, Florida, we will be distributing Gerber children's wear items to low income families; in Atlanta, Georgia, we'll be providing Carter's apparel to families of the military being assigned to overseas duty. The event in Georgia will take place around Mother's Day in order to pay homage to the important role that wives left behind play in maintaining equilibrium in the family during tours of duty. Read more. AGENCY OF THE QUARTER: CRANIO CARE BEARS Not long before her infant son Brentley had brain surgery for Craniosynostosis (a medical condition that hinders a baby's skull to form normally), Summer Ehmann got a care package in the mail from a mom who had just gone through a similar situation. The fuzzy socks, snacks, toiletries and toys were her way of paying it forward after she received a care package from Shelby Davidson, whose son also had survived this major skull procedure. Summer and Shelby connected and turned their passion for providing cranio families with support, information and most importantly, friendship into an organization called Cranio Care Bears. Read more. SOME COMPANIES GIVE MONEY THROUGH EMPLOYEE GIVING PROGRAMS; OTHERS COMPANIES HAVE FUN DOING IT For many years, Kolcraft, located in Chicago, has been a product donor to K.I.D.S. Its President, Tom Koltun, serves on the K.I.D.S. Board and on its Juvenile Products team. Wanting to do more for our charity, the employees decided to run a series of events in which they would have fun and generate cash for K.I.D.S. Employee giving to K.I.D.S. has grown dramatically over the past year with employees collecting funds in honor of a colleague, holding drives, and selling off items. Read more. DONORS OF THE QUARTER: SKECHERS & FASHION DELIVERS Throughout its history, K.I.D.S. has partnered with social service agencies across the country to distribute the new product that it receives as donations from manufacturers and retailers. In 2011, K.I.D.S. increased the list of "active" agencies with which it collaborates to ensure that merchandise is directed as broadly as possible to those in need. Building on the foundation is has laid in every state of the country, in 2012, K.I.D.S. will establish an overall national campaign to solicit product, raise money and increase awareness that connects the dots between local and national activities. Read more. OUR HOMES AWAY FROM HOME: CLOTHES4K.I.D.S. As poverty, natural disasters, and other hardships befall citizens across the country, K.I.D.S. expands its inroads into local communities more than ever. In addition to our national "Clothes4K.I.D.S." Campaign, we are establishing affiliated locations in our regional partner centers (RPC). These have been described before in previous newsletters. Read more.
K.I.D.S. AND THE NATIONAL DIAPER BANK NETWORK TO DONATE 20 MILLION HUGGIES BRAND DIAPERS TO FAMILIES IN NEED - Year-Long Initiative Launched K.I.D.S. and the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) recently announced that they have partnered to distribute 20 million Huggies brand diapers to families in need throughout the U.S. in 2012. "Diaper need is a silent crisis in the United States. Diapers are as essential for a child's health and well-being as food and shelter, yet one in three families in America struggle to provide diapers for their families. We are thrilled to be working with K.I.D.S. and our Founding Sponsor the Huggies brand to get diapers to those who need them," said Joanne Goldblum, the Executive Director of NDBN. To address today's dire need for diapers, every three months, K.I.D.S. and NDBN will distribute five million diapers, donated by Huggies Every Little Bottom, to more than 90 diaper banks, food banks and other such agencies for families in need across the United States. Huggies Every Little Bottom was launched in 2010 with the sole purpose to help address the issue of diaper need in North America. Since its inception, the program has donated more than 60 million diapers toward this cause. Read more. ARE YOU UP-TO-DATE ON K.I.D.S. NEWS? Who, What, Where, When K.I.D.S. is working hard to broaden and strengthen our AWARENESS and VISIBILITY as a charity through the development of a National Product Campaign. We continue to refine our digital and social media platforms to keep the public up to date on our Product Campaign and our work across the country. In an effort to support our new National Product Campaign we have added many new features on our website. We have created an events calendar on our home page that gives details about upcoming distributions, and includes date, location, agency, donor, and the type of product we plan to distribute. Visit us at www.KIDSdonations.org.Read more. HELP K.I.D.S. WITH ITS NATIONAL"CLOTHES 4 K.I.D.S." CAMPAIGN Fifteen million children live in poverty in the U.S. For many, their lives are better because of the generous contributions of K.I.D.S. product donors. K.I.D.S.' 2012 goal is to help more than 4 million children living in poverty in the United States. Help keep our trucks on the road so America's hard-hit families will have clothes on their backs. If you have not made your merchandise donation yet this year, here are just a few of our upcoming distributions that you can be a part of... Read more.
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