Archive for August, 2008

Desperately Seeking Products for Sick Teens!

Posted in Press Releases on August 29th, 2008

Holiday, FL –Kids Wish Network, a nationally recognized 501 (c) 3 organization that serves sick children is desperate for your help! We work hard each and every day to bring joy to some very courageous kids through our wish granting services and our gift giving programs. In order to do this, we rely on the generosity of toy manufacturers and companies nationwide to donate their products to be given to these children. Nothing brings a smile to a child’s face more quickly than receiving a brand new toy or game!

 

Sadly, our teenagers are often neglected in our efforts! It is extremely challenging for us to garner donations geared towards kids between the ages of 12 and 18! We do our best to fill our wish boxes and to stock teen rooms at hospitals and children’s care facilities across the country with items appealing to teens, but it is very difficult as we are seriously lacking items for them. As everyone knows, teenagers are very gadget oriented! 

 

At this time, we are desperately seeking any of the following items for our teens: electronic hand held games, game system games for all game systems, DVD’s for older kids, listening devices including ipods and MP3 players and books for teens.  

 

If your company manufactures or distributes any of these products, please contact Kids Wish Network’s Distribution Center. Any help would be tremendously appreciated!  Kids Wish Network will gladly pay for shipping within the continental U.S. 

 

Please join Kids Wish Network’s family of “Guardian Angels’! Together, we can all make a difference in the lives of some very special and courageous kids!

 

For more information on Kids Wish Network please visit their website at www.kidswishnetwork.org. If you would like to donate merchandise, please call 727- 937-3600 or toll free at 888-918-9004.
Written by: Robyn Larson

It’s an Early Holiday Season for Kids in Tarpon Springs, FL

Posted in Press Releases on August 15th, 2008

Tarpon Springs, FL – Children in Tarpon Springs, FL will be enjoying some early holiday cheer this year thanks to Kids Wish Network and the Tarpon Springs Police Department. Toys and games with a retail value of approximately $2,500 will be distributed Saturday, August 16, 2008 to some very deserving youngsters who participate in the Tarpon Springs Police Department’s Cops & Kids Program.

 

The toys will be distributed by Kids Wish Network staff, members of the Tarpon Springs Police Department’s Cops & Kids program and Kohl’s Department Store A Team Volunteers. The festivities and toys come courtesy of Kids Wish Network, a Holiday, FL based national charity dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children.
All of the wonderful gifts are part of Kids Wish Network’s Holiday of Hope Gift Bank Program. These games and toys have been donated to Kids Wish Network by toy manufacturers and distributors. Without the support of these wonderful companies, Kids Wish Network would not be able to continue its mission of bringing joy to kids all across the country!

 

Tarpon Springs Police Chief Mark LeCouris said the department is thrilled about the event. “Our continued partnership with Kids Wish Network is going to bring a lot of hope and smiles to some at risk and disadvantaged children in our area. This is a really unique relationship and we look forward to continuing to work together for these kids. Giving back to the community is what it’s all about.”

 

Bradley Harshman, Store Manager of the North Tampa Kohl’s store said the company was honored to be a part of bringing joy to the children in Tarpon Springs. "It is a great pleasure for Kohl’s to be associated with an organization like Kids Wish Network during this event.  This is a great opportunity for our new stores in the area to impact their communities and the children within them through our volunteer activities."
 
Anna Lanzatella, Director of Development and Donor Relations for Kids Wish Network said the charity was delighted to once again work with the Tarpon Springs Police Department. “Kids Wish Network works with children and pediatric care facilities all across the country and last year we were thrilled to be able to give back to children right here in our own community. We are so excited to again partner with the Tarpon Springs Police Department on this special endeavor. Having Kohl’s on board was absolutely extraordinary. I can’t say enough about the Police Department and Kohl’s volunteers for so generously donating their time and energy to this most worthy cause!”
For more information on Kids Wish Network’s programs, please visit their website at www.kidswishnetwork.org. If your company is interested in finding out to donate items to Kids Wish Network’s Holiday of Hope Gift Bank Program, please call (727) 937-3600 or toll free at (888) 918-9004.
 
Written by: Robyn Larson

Seeking Some Early Holiday Cheer for Kids Wish Network’s Special Little Ones

Posted in Press Releases on August 8th, 2008

Holiday, FL – All throughout the year, thousands of very special and incredibly brave kids endure scary and uncomfortable medical procedures at hospitals all over the country. Kids Wish Network’s unique Holiday of Hope Gift Bank brings smiles to these extraordinary children when they need it the most! The toys that the charity provides to the hospital are given to youngsters coming in for medical treatment – nothing cheers up a scared and anxious child faster than a new toy! This program however, wouldn’t be possible without the support of toy manufacturers and companies across America that generously donate brand new toys, games, dolls and stuffed animals to be delivered to hospitals nationwide.

 

Just this last year, Kids Wish Network was pleased to serves approximately 50 hospitals all across America. The charity can’t continue this wonderful program, however, without the help of the countless toy manufacturers and distributors nationwide that donate toys to be given to these brave kids.

 

Currently, however, Kids Wish Network is experiencing a critical shortage of items for their teens! It’s very difficult to secure fun and exciting products for kids between the ages of 13 and 18 and sadly, they are often left out of the gift giving festivities because the charity just doesn’t have enough for that age demographic. None of these kids should ever be left out and that’s why Kids Wish Network is asking for your help!

 

If your company manufactures or distributes products geared towards teens including items such as gaming systems, electronics, cameras, DVD’s, game system games, hand held games, etc., please contact Kids Wish Network’s Distribution Center. Any help would be tremendously appreciated!  Kids Wish Network will gladly pay for shipping within the continental U.S. 

 

Please join Kids Wish Network’s family of “Guardian Angels’! Together, we can all make a difference in the lives of some very special and courageous kids!

 

For more information on Kids Wish Network please visit their website at www.kidswishnetwork.org. If you know of a hospital that could benefit from its Holiday of Hope Gift Bank program, or would like to donate merchandise, please call 727- 937-3600 or toll free at 888-918-9004.
Written by: Robyn Larson

Kids Wish Network Brings Summer Holiday Cheer to Children at Banner Children’s Hospital

Posted in Press Releases on August 1st, 2008

Mesa, AZ – Hundreds of pediatric patients in Arizona recently received some welcome gifts to make their hospital visits a little easier. Banner Children’s Hospital was thrilled to hold a special celebration for the kids in honor of Kids Wish Network’s unique Holiday of Hope Gift Bank program. Kids Wish Network, a national charity dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children, was excited to be able to provide brand new toys and games with a retail value of over $65,000 to the hospital to be given to its young patients coming in for treatment. This exciting event was sponsored by Wal-Mart.
Megatrux, Inc., a longtime and treasured supporter of Kids Wish Network, graciously delivered the toys to the hospital. Every year, Megatrux delivers toys to thousands of pediatric patients all over the country in support of Kids Wish Network’s Gift Bank program. They are truly ‘Guardian Angels’ to so many!
The hospital held the ‘kick off’ party on July 22nd. During the festivities, the children noshed on delicious treats and enjoyed exciting toy give-aways. Leftover toys will be distributed to pediatric patients coming in throughout the year for medical care.  
“It is so wonderful to work with Kids Wish Network! The donation of wonderful toys is a great contribution that will reach hundreds of children throughout Banner Children’s Hospital. We greatly appreciate Kids Wish Network and all of their hardworking staff who strive to make the hospital a better place for children and families!” said Amy Funk-Herrera, CCLS at Banner Children’s. She also said the children had a blast. “The kids had a great time!”

 

As just one of the programs that makes Kids Wish Network different from similar organizations, its Holiday of Hope Gift Bank is a special program created to bring comfort to kids entering the hospital for medical care. The brand new toys and games, donated by some of America’s top toy manufacturers, are distributed to sick youngsters when they arrive to a children’s care facility. The Gift Banks help alleviate fears and anxieties by allowing children to temporarily forget about the stinging needles and uncomfortable procedures often endured while undergoing medical treatment. 

 

For more information on Kids Wish Network’s programs and upcoming events, please visit their website at www.kidswishnetwork.org. If you know of a hospital that could benefit from its Gift Bank program, please call 727- 937-3600 or toll free at 888-918-9004.

 

Banner Children’s Hospital at Banner Desert Medical Center will open its new seven-story patient tower in late 2009, expanding its pediatric capacity to 248 beds. The new hospital tower was designed through the eyes of a child and is being built with the unique needs of children in mind. A child-friendly atmosphere will be accented by soothing colors and large windows. Outside, gardens will incorporate fountains, sculptures and other elements to foster relaxation in a healing environment. Inside, the new tower will include 96-bed medical, surgical and pediatric oncology units, an expanded 24-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, six pediatric operating rooms, an expanded pediatric emergency department, larger pediatric outpatient treatment center, interactive play and family spaces, and a new pediatric pharmacy.

 

Written by   Robyn Larson