K.I.D.S. Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund

by K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc.
Hurricane Sandy - Extreme Home Makeovers
Hurricane Sandy - Extreme Home Makeovers

Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) greatly appreciates your support of our Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts. Our continued work would not be possible without donors like you!

Hurricane Sandy's first anniversary is closely approaching and since the storm hit, K.I.D.S. has been on the ground providing families with over $20 million worth of basic essentials, including clothing, shoes, books, educational materials and baby products.

K.I.D.S.' efforts do not end there!  In the last few months, K.I.D.S. has worked with various local community partners - The Legacy Center, Project Hospitality, and New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) - to develop a long-term recovery plan that will best serve families in need.

Please read below to learn more about these new initiatives:

1)      Earlier this year, K.I.D.S. partnered with The Legacy Center to provide for the material needs of Hurricane Sandy victims, particularly home goods. This is where the Extreme Home Makeover project was birthed! Our Extreme Home Makeover initiative seeks to restore, repair, and refurnish the homes of Sandy victims in remodeling the homes of families who were heavily hit by Sandy.  To date, many families’ homes are still in disarray, but thanks to your support and the birth of this initiative, families will be given an opportunity to go home again.

2)      K.I.D.S. has teamed up with New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS), an organization that provides disaster readiness, response, and recovery services to New York City. With the support of K.I.D.S., NYDIS will assist families with small children through direct financial assistance. 

3)      K.I.D.S. has been working with Project Hospitality (PH) in Staten Island since Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012. Tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise has been provided for local Staten Island residents. This year, Project Hospitality and K.I.D.S. is focusing its efforts on immigrant and special needs families that have not yet been connected to social services. For example, several months ago a special needs family arrived at Project Hospitality’s relief tent in the outer boroughs of NYC – they were scared, hungry, and homeless. Although they received an award from FEMA after losing their home, they unknowingly used that money to pay for hotel costs.

They did not understand that FEMA would pay for hotel fees, in addition to their award.

Thanks to K.I.D.S., Project Hospitality will continue to work with families in dire need of support post-Sandy. In addition, outreach teams will work with special needs and underserved immigrant populations, including Russian, Turkish, Hispanic, and other ethnic groups.

Stay tuned to learn more about K.I.D.S.’ continued Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts!

Kindest regards,

K.I.D.S. Team

Event Coordinators and Attendees
Event Coordinators and Attendees
Families affected by Hurricane Sandy in the Far Rockaways community in Queens, NY, received a double dose of fun and goodwill on May 10 and May 14 when K.I.D.S. teamed up with SnowSports Industries America (SIA) and the Queens Library to stage two great product distribution events delivering brand-new winter apparel and sneakers donated by the generous member companies of the SIA.
On May 10, the Far Rockaway Community Library was turned into a winter wonderland to host the donation of thousands of winter apparel items to area residents affected by the storm. The following week, the Queens Library for Teens hosted a skateboard-themed event to distribute stylish Vans sneakers to young residents from the area. Nearly 300 children, teens and adults chose new shoes. The donation was intended to give support to communities in the Rockaways that were badly affected by Superstorm Sandy and where families are still struggling to recover.
One 15 year old said "OMG, I never got two pairs of sneakers at the same time in my life."
A 16 year old who lost everything in Hurricane Sandy said: "This is the first pair of new sneakers that I got since the Hurricane."
K.I.D.S.' donation gives kids and their families tangible proof that better days are coming. Both events were an uplifting opportunity to put smiles on the faces of residents in this community.The events also continue K.I.D.S.' ongoing relief efforts for the families six months after  Sandy hit.


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. GlobalGiving.org 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

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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K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc.

Location: New York, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.donateproduct.com
Project Leader:
Sabrina Echegaray
New York, NY United States

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