Kids Wish Network brings joy to 3,000 Louisville children through its Holiday of Hope On Tour Event

Posted in Press Releases on May 6th, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 5, 2015): Children’s charity Kids Wish Network brought joy to 3,000 Louisville children by distributing over $615,000 of new gifts as part of the Kids Wish Network’s On Tour Event program that works to provide joy for children facing life-altering situations.

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The event kicked off Mayor Greg Fischer’s Give A Day week of service. Thousands of Louisville children and their families flooded the area and waited patiently in lines wrapped around the TARC building. For more than three hours, city officials, local volunteers, police officers and firefighters all worked nonstop to make sure that each and every child received the toys and necessities they so deserved.

“The Kids Wish Network event was remarkable,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “Providing toys to thousands of children facing adversity was truly touching. Our entire community- citizen volunteers, firefighters, police officers and many others- joined the effort, revealing their caring and positive nature of reaching out to help others. We greatly appreciate Kids Wish Network providing our community with a magical moment that will live on for years to come!”

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The 26 pallets, delivered by sponsor Con-way Freight, were filled with board games, puzzles, stuffed animals, educational items, new clothes and hygiene products valued at more than $615,000.

“The Kids Wish Network does a tremendous job filling a void for children who are faced with uncommonly challenging life situations,” said Con-way Freight’s Suzanne Bloom, who chairs the company’s “voices and values” community outreach team in Louisville. “Helping strengthen our communities and enriching the lives of others is a key part of our culture. We are proud to be able to support the important mission of The Kids Wish Network and contribute in a small way to bringing some happiness to truly deserving children.”

Nearly two dozen Con-way Freight employees in Louisville volunteered and supported the event. The trucking company also provided pro-bono freight transportation services to bring the gifts, which took up two full trailers, from Tampa, FL, to Louisville.

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Through the Holiday of Hope On Tour Event and Gift Bank programs, Kids Wish Network is able to reach hundreds of thousands of children in cities like Louisville each year. These kids are facing upsetting and often traumatic circumstances such as illness, abuse, neglect and homelessness.

“This On Tour Event in Louisville gave Kids Wish Network the opportunity to do more than just deliver toys and necessities; it allowed us to help strengthen the bonds between city officials and communities,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Anna Lanzatella. “We are delighted to be able to help the children of Louisville; just seeing the smiles on their faces and the appreciation of their parents makes it all worthwhile. It was a pleasure to work with Mayor Fischer and his staff and all the local volunteers and sponsors who generously gave their time and supported our efforts.”

With the help of generous donors and volunteers, Kids Wish Network and the city were able to provide comfort and joy to kids that need it most.

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Special thanks to sponsors and volunteers including: TARC, LMPD, The Police Foundation, LDF, EMA MetroSafe, Café Press JCPS, Louisville Water Company, Rumpke, League of Mascots, Embassy Suites, YUM!, Texas Roadhouse, Rafferty’s, Brazeiros, Olive Garden, Tumbleweed, The Café, Alliance Entertainment and Con-way Freight.

Kids Wish Network is a nationwide charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experience life-altering situations. More than just granting wishes, Kids Wish Network makes a difference through its various programs by delivering hope to kids across the United States. Learn more at www.kidswishnetwork.org.

Con-way Freight teams up with Kids Wish Network to deliver joy to kids

Posted in Press Releases on April 9th, 2015

HOLIDAY, Fla. (April 9,2015): Con-way Freight generously delivered 15 pallets of new gifts and toys to children’s charity Kids Wish Network to share with kids facing life-altering situations. Courtesy of Con-way Freight, the gifts traveled from New Jersey to Florida and will reach children suffering from illness, neglect, abuse and homelessness all across the US. From the very first contact, Con-way Freight went above and beyond to coordinate the delivery from New Jersey to Florida and then right to Kids Wish Network’s door.

The pallets of toys, donated by long-time Guardian Angel Kids Preferred, were brimming with comforting stuffed animals and fun children’s games. The donation, worth over $100,000 will be distributed through the charity’s Holiday of Hope gift-giving programs, including its upcoming Louisville Holiday of Hope On Tour event April 19th.

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Con-way Freight will be playing a large role at the On Tour Event in Louisville as the freight sponsor for the entire shipment of new gifts being transported to the area. In connection with the Mayor’s office, the Kids Wish Network On Tour Event will bring smiles to the faces of over 3,000 of the area’s youth.

Kids Wish Network would like to thank Con-way Freight for its dedication to the local community and welcome it to the Guardian Angel family.

“Kids Wish Network is overwhelmed by the support from Con-way Freight,” says Kids Wish Network Executive Director Anna Lanzatella. “Understanding Con-way’s dedication to corporate social responsibility and its employees, we are thrilled to partner with Con-way for other Kids Wish Network programs. We’re delighted that Con-way Freight will be supporting the Louisville On Tour Event and are excited to invite Conway’s Tampa Bay employees to assist with our local Gift Bank program over the 2015 holiday season.”

“Giving back to the communities where we live and work is a core part of Con-way Freight’s culture,” said Mike McDonough, Tampa service center manager for Con-way Freight. “Our employees have a real passion for supporting local organizations like Kids Wish Network and it means a lot that we can deliver happiness and comfort to kids in need, and we look forward to continuing our support of this organization.”

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Con-way Freight is the industry’s leading less-than-truckload (LTL) freight transportation company, providing guaranteed, day-definite regional and transcontinental service with exception-free delivery, on-time service performance and faster transit times through a single, unified network of more than 425 service locations serving the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Learn more about how Con-way Freight can handle your shipping needs at www.con-way.com/en/freight.

Kids Wish Network is a nationwide charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations. Visit www.kidswishnetwork.org to learn more and find out how you can help makes dreams come true and sponsor a wish for a deserving child.

 

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Kent Displays donates to Kids Wish Network

Posted in Press Releases on February 19th, 2015

KENT, Ohio (Feb. 19, 2015): Kent Displays, which produces the Boogie Board, recently donated over $130,000 of eWriters to children’s charity Kids Wish Network to help kids facing life-altering circumstances. The donation will be distributed through the charity’s Holiday of Hope gift-giving programs which reach children suffering from homelessness, neglect, abuse, or illness.

“We chose to donate to Kids Wish Network because it encompasses the true spirit of making dreams come true, and that’s the type of organization we choose to align our brand with,” said Kent Displays Marketing Coordinator Ryan Merlene.

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Kids Wish Network is a nationwide charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations.

This donation marks the second for the Kent, OH, company. Kent Displays has been a Kids Wish Network Guardian Angel donor since 2014, totaling over $179,000 of eWriters. With the help of the generous Guardian Angel family, hundreds of thousands of children facing upsetting and often traumatic circumstances are given new gifts and other necessities to help ease difficult situations.

“We know that our products are going to end up in good hands and truly make a difference when we donate to Kids Wish Network,” adds Merlene.

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Founded in 1993, Kent Displays is a world leader in research, development and manufacture of LCDs for unique, sustainable applications. Improv Electronics, the consumer products unit of Kent Displays, launched the Boogie Board eWriter in January 2010. Boogie Board Paperless LCD eWriters are an environmentally-friendly, cost-effective paper replacement. With a goal to reduce global consumption and demand for paper, one Boogie Board can save 50 reams of paper.

“For the kids that benefit from our programs, receiving a new gift lifts their spirits and gives them the hope they so desperately need,” says Kids Wish Network Executive Director Anna Lanzatella. “We’re grateful to have generous Guardian Angel donors like Kent Displays to help us provide joy to children facing difficult circumstances.”

Kids Wish Network would like to thank Kent Displays for its recent donation and continued support of its programs. For more information about Kent Displays and the Boogie Board, please visit www.myboogieboard.com.

If your company manufactures or distributes toys, gifts, educational products, clothes, games, accessories, electronics, or other items geared towards children and teenagers, you can become part of the Kids Wish Network Guardian Angel family. Please contact Kids Wish Network’s Distribution Center at 727-937-3600; any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

Learn more about Kids Wish Network at www.kidswishnetwork.org.

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Kids Wish Network distributes $1.2 million of toys to Florida children

Posted in Press Releases on January 22nd, 2015

Kids Wish Network recently distributed $1.2 million in new gifts to help Florida children facing the adversities of illness, poverty, homelessness and abuse through its Holiday of Hope Gift Bank program.

“Kids Wish Network’s dedication to our youth in the community truly makes a difference.” said Bradley Baumgardner, president of the Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay, one of 52 organizations across the state that benefited from Kids Wish Network’s generosity.

Each organization received pallets brimming with brand new toys, games and gifts from some of the nation’s leading manufacturers and distributors. Every pallet was filled with puzzles, board games, laptop desks, dolls, clothes, educational toys, hygiene and beauty products, technology accessories, cars, craft kits, stuffed animals, and much more.

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Camp Boggy Creek, a year round retreat located in Central Florida for children with serious illnesses and their families, was another appreciative recipient of a gift bank.

“Kids Wish Network is amazing,” adds Cindy Handley from Camp Boggy Creek. “Thank you so much for all that you do for these very special children.”

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Last year alone, Kids Wish Network assisted over 56,000 kids across the U.S. through its programs and services. The national charity assists children with life-threatening illnesses through its Wish Program. For those facing life-altering situations, Kids Wish Network offers its Hero Program, and children facing poverty, homelessness, abuse and neglect are assisted through its Holiday of Hope On Tour. Gift Banks are just another opportunity for Kids Wish Network to share with child care organizations toys and other children’s items generously donated to Kids Wish Network by product and manufacturer donors.

“It’s an honor to help so many children in our local community and throughout Florida and to see our programs directly benefiting kids,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Anna Lanzatella.

The following organizations recently received a generous donation from Kids Wish Network: AMEN Outreach Ministries; Arnette House; Baycare Behavior Health Children’s Treatment Center; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County; Boys & Girls Club of Port Richey, Pinellas Park, and Tampa Bay; Calvary Chapel Worship Center; Camp Boggy Creek; Champions for Children; Children’s Home Society/Joshua House; Christian Community Church of God; Citrus County Family Resource Center; Dunedin Fire Department; Eckerd Community Alternatives; Tampa Fire Fighters Local 754/Camp Hope Take; Firefighters Charities of Pasco, Inc.; Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch; Fraternal Order of Police Pasco Sheriff’s Lodge 29; Get Involved Community Outreach; Gulf Coast Jewish Families and Community Services; Hannah’s Homeless; Henderson Behavioral Health; Hillsborough County Fire Rescue; Hope Youth Ranch; Kids Central, Inc.; The Kimberly Home, Inc.; Lakeland Fire Department; Mary Help of Christians Center; Mt. Olive AME Church; New Life Solutions; New Port Richey Fire Department; North Pinellas Firefighters’ Charity; PACE Center for Girls; Pasco County Foster Adoptive Parent Association; Pay It Forward Farms; Port Richey Fire Rescue; Project Care Outreach; Ridgewood High School; The ROPE Center/PASCO Homeless; Salvation Army Domestic Violence Program of West Pasco; Sincerely Santa, Inc.; Solid Rock Community School; SOLVE of West Pasco; St. Petersburg Firefighters Charity Fund, Inc.; Sunrise of Pasco County; The Shepherd Center of Tarpon Springs; YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg; The Volunteer Way; HOPE Family Services, Inc.; and West Pasco Pregnancy Center.

Kids Wish Network is a charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experience life-altering situations. While also known as a wish-granting organization, Kids Wish Network has developed key programs to help children and families in need. For more information, visit www.kidswishnetwork.org.

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Kids Wish Network helps more than 300 “Bigs” and “Littles” enjoy Big Brothers Big Sisters event

Posted in Press Releases on December 9th, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.: On Dec. 6th, 2014, Kids Wish Network enabled Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County to bring joy to kids facing life-altering circumstances at its 7th annual “Sports Buddies Day”. More than 300 “Bigs” and “Littles” enjoyed the array of new gifts donated by Kids Wish Network through its Holiday of Hope Gift Bank program.

“We would like to take the opportunity to thank Kids Wish Network for the generous assortment of toys for the Littles in our program,” writes Executive Director Patrick Craven. “By supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters, you help make our community stronger.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters Pinellas County picked up their Holiday of Hope Gift Bank stuffed full of board games, bags, makeup, beauty supplies, jewelry, cars, books, educational games, bubbles, room décor, sporting goods and much more earlier this month. The organization distributed every gift at its event.

“Thank you Kids Wish Network for your support of Big Brothers Big Sisters,” adds Volunteer Experience Coordinator Tanya. “Every little in attendance was able to pick a toy for themselves and for all their siblings for Christmas!”

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“Sports Buddies Day” is an unforgettable sporting experience that helps more than 300 “Bigs” and “Littles” each year. The event provides opportunities for adults to help build friendships and model good sportsmanship while giving children the chance to experience sporting and recreational events that were more than likely out of reach.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County is just one of 22 local organizations that have received a Holiday of Hope Gift Bank so far this season. Through the help of generous Guardian Angel donors, Kids Wish Network is able to provide entire pallets of new gifts and toys to kids in need.

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With so many children deserving joy this season, Kids Wish Network needs your help to continue making an impact in the community. Please contact Kids Wish Network if your company manufactures or distributes toys, gifts, educational products, clothes, games, accessories, electronics, or other items geared towards children and teenagers.

Contact KWN by calling (888) 918-9004 and ask to speak to a Product Coordinator, or visit www.kidswishnetwork.org.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters mission stands to provide children facing adversity with caring mentors who help present individual life guidance and educational support.  Connecting similarly motivated individuals and organizations and creating a foundation for success are characteristics the agencies prides themselves on.

Kids Wish Network is a charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children facing life-altering circumstances. Find out more by visiting www.kidswishnetwork.org; or follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebookor check us out on YouTube.

 

Help Florida’s Homeless Youth Receive Holiday Gifts

Posted in Press Releases on November 21st, 2014

HOLIDAY, Fla: Kids Wish Network is desperately in need of new gifts for the hundreds of thousands of homeless youth residing in Florida this holiday season. According to a new report released by the National Center on Family Homelessness, 2.5 million American children were homeless at some point during 2013, an increase of 8 percent from the previous year.

With parents concerned over safety and housing, providing gifts for the holiday season is a luxury they can’t afford. Without your help, these children won’t experience the joy of a new gift. Kids Wish Network is striving to provide every homeless child in the local area with a gift this holiday season.

Through its Holiday of Hope Gift Bank program, the charity will provide local organizations that work with homeless youth a pallet full of new gifts. But, with so many children in need this season, Kids Wish Network is looking for any company willing to donate new, overstock and discontinued product.

The program serves children ages 3-18 of both genders so all donations are welcome. The charity is looking for arts and crafts, building blocks, dolls, action figures, bedding, toy cars and trucks, and anything else you think would help provide joy to a child facing life-altering circumstances.

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A new gift can provide these homeless youth some comfort during a time when they’re facing difficult, and often tragic, circumstances. Please help Kids Wish Network spread joy to the hundreds of thousands of kids in need this holiday season.

Last year, during its seasonal Gift Bank program, the charity distributed over $700,000 worth of new gifts and necessities to more than 30 local shelters, charities and other organizations. Kids Wish Network has a full Gift Bank waiting list and needs your help to fulfill these kids’ holiday wishes.

If your company manufactures or distributes toys, gifts, educational products, clothes, games, accessories, electronics, or other items geared towards children and teenagers, please contact Kids Wish Network by calling (888) 918-9004 or visit www.kidswishnetwork.org.

Every little bit helps, and everyone can make a difference to a homeless child this holiday season.

Kids Wish Network is a Florida-based charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children facing life-altering circumstances. You can find out more by visiting www.kidswishnetwork.org.

FunSpin Board Games founder leaves legacy with donation to kids in need

Posted in Press Releases on November 13th, 2014

HOLIDAY, Fla: FunSpin Board Games President Betty Deitch recently donated U.S. patented Wall Street Spin® board games to children’s charity Kids Wish Network to help bring fun to kids facing life-altering circumstances. The donation will be distributed through the charity’s Holiday of Hope gift-giving programs which reach children suffering from homelessness, neglect, abuse, or illness.

Deitch made this donation as a legacy for her late husband Donald Deitch, the co-inventor of Wall Street Spin. After the fall of the stock market, Donald, a former mortgage banker, and Betty, an award-winning realtor, put their heads together to develop a series of fun and challenging games for kids and adults alike.

The first game manufactured was Wall Street Spin, a fun and educational stock market board game that teaches social interaction along with math skills. The game went on to win the Dr. Toy’s Award for Educational Skills and is proudly made in the U.S.A. Betty credits her success to Mills College, a small liberal arts school in California where she learned leadership skills.

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After Donald’s passing, Betty decided to donate the last 998 Wall Street Spin board games to Kids Wish Network knowing each game would help spread joy to kids struggling through difficult situations.

“I’m very pleased to be donating to Kids Wish Network’s worthy cause,” adds Dietch.

“We are honored that FunSpin Board Games would choose to donate the final quantities of the Wall Street Spin game to Kids Wish Network,” comments Kids Wish Network Executive Director Anna Lanzatella. “Their donation will help thousands of children in need as each game is passed to the next generation of board game players.”

Kids Wish Network would like to thank FunSpin Board Games for its recent donation and its desire to improve the quality of life for kids facing difficult situations. For more information about FunSpin Board Games, please visit www.funspin.com.

If your company manufactures or distributes toys, gifts, educational products, clothes, games, accessories, electronics, or other items geared towards children and teenagers, you can make a difference to a child in need. Please contact Kids Wish Network’s Distribution Center at 727-937-3600.

Kids Wish Network is a nationwide, charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations. Learn more about Kids Wish Network at www.kidswishnetwork.org.

$200,000 worth of new gifts distributed in only one week

Posted in Press Releases on November 6th, 2014

HOLIDAY, Fla: Thanks to the help of dedicated Guardian Angel donors, Kids Wish Network was able to distribute $200,000 worth of new gifts to local charities in just one week. Through its Holiday of Hope Gift Bank program, 10 Florida nonprofits each received a huge pallet filled with new toys, games, plush items, and other gifts for kids facing difficult circumstances.

The Gift Bank program distributes new toys, games, necessities and educational products to children dealing with difficult and often tragic circumstances such as abuse, neglect, illness, or homelessness.

In the past seven days, these organizations have stopped by the KWN central  office in Holiday, Florida to pick up a Gift Bank pallet, each filled with $20,000 worth of gifts.

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Kids Wish Network will be busy picking and packing the rest of the scheduled Gift Banks in the coming weeks and prepping for the next On Tour Event.

If your company manufactures or distributes toys, gifts, educational products, clothes, games, accessories, electronics, or other items geared towards children and teenagers, you can turn tears into smiles. Contact KWN by calling (888) 918-9004 and ask to speak to our Product Coordinator, or visit us at www.kidswishnetwork.org.

Kids Wish Network is a Florida-based charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children facing life-altering circumstances. You can find out more by visiting www.kidswishnetwork.org; or follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebookor check us out on YouTube.

Helping provide joy to kids: Kids Wish Network On Tour

Posted in Press Releases on October 16th, 2014

HOLIDAY, Fla: Kids Wish Network, a nationally recognized charitable organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children facing difficult circumstances, is getting ready to kick off two more Holiday of Hope On Tour events in areas across the U.S. The charity is in need of great product to bring joy to the children reached.

The Holiday of Hope On Tour program is designed to inspire hope for children facing situations of abuse, neglect, homelessness, illnesses and poverty. On Tour events distribute millions of dollars worth of brand new toys, clothes, necessities, educational products and other gifts to the kids of the community.

For each event, Kids Wish Network works closely with city and county officials to locate and invite at-risk children in their communities to attend the event. During the actual event, the mayors and other officials place the much-needed items directly into the hands of these kids sparking a new, positive perception of the community leaders and law enforcement.

Due to the overwhelming success of the program, KWN has already scheduled two On Tour events for this year. And as these event are rapidly approaching, Kids Wish Network desperately needs the help of manufacturers and distributors who deal with toys, children’s clothes, educational products, baby items, books, games and other necessities.

At each On Tour event, approximately 2,000 children will attend and Kids Wish Network is in need of donations of the items mentioned above. Anything you can possibly spare will be greatly appreciated as Kids Wish Network wants to give these brave kids a very special day and leave them with memories that will last a lifetime.

Please be a part of this wonderful endeavor. The children need your help. Let them know that people really do care.

If your company manufactures or distributes toys, gifts, educational products, clothes, games, accessories, electronics, or other items geared towards children and teenagers and you’d like to becomes part of the magic that is Kids Wish Network, please contact Kids Wish Network’s Distribution Center at 727-937-3600. Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated. For more information on Kids Wish Network and our programs, please visit www.kidswishnetwork.org.

Kids Wish Network is a charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children facing life-altering circumstances. Find out more at www.kidswishnetwork.org.

Community-conscience company donates to children’s charity

Posted in Press Releases on September 25th, 2014

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Sept. 25,2014): Brooklyn-based company, BAGGU, recently donated almost $20,000 worth of environmentally-responsible product to children’s charity Kids Wish Network to help kids facing life-altering circumstances. The donation will be distributed through the charity’s Holiday of Hope gift-giving programs which reach children suffering from homelessness, neglect, abuse, or illness.

Kids Wish Network is a national, charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations. While also known as a wish-granting organization, Kids Wish Network has developed programs to assist all children in need.

As a first-time donor, BAGGU has now joined the Kids Wish Network Guardian Angel family where some of the biggest names in business have long-standing relationships. With the help of these generous Guardian Angel donors, hundreds of thousands of children facing upsetting and often traumatic circumstances are given new gifts and other necessities to help ease difficult situations.

BAGGU produces simple, high-quality bags in bright colors that are durable and fill many uses. The products are designed to be as eco-friendly as possible and are constructed to minimize material waste. The community-conscience company recently launched its first store, located in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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“Kids Wish Network is extremely grateful to our Guardian Angel donors; our programs couldn’t exist without them,” says Kids Wish Network Executive Director Anna Lanzatella. “For the kids we help, receiving a new gift lifts their spirits and gives them the hope they so desperately need. We thank all our donors for helping provide joy to children facing difficult circumstances.”

Kids Wish Network would like to thank BAGGU for its recent donation and welcome it to the Guardian Angel family. For more information about BAGGU, please visit www.baggu.com.

If your company manufactures or distributes toys, gifts, educational products, clothes, games, accessories, electronics, or other items geared towards children and teenagers, you can become part of the Kids Wish Network Guardian Angel family. Please contact Kids Wish Network’s Distribution Center at 727-937-3600; any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

Learn more about Kids Wish Network at www.kidswishnetwork.org.

 

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