Archive for January, 2010

Choo Choo Choo! The CSX “Santa Train” Delivers Joy all across the Appalachians

Posted in Press Releases on January 29th, 2010

Holiday, FL – While fulfilling their mission to spread joy and create happy memories for children across the United States, national children’s charity Kids Wish Network donated approximately $130,000 worth of toys and gifts to the CSX Corporation’s “Santa Train” to be distributed among the thousands of impoverished children of the Appalachian Mountains.


 

CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the nation’s leading transportation companies, providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck trainload services. The company’s transportation network spans approximately 21,000 miles, with service to 23 eastern states and the District of Columbia, and connects to more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports.


 In an unbelievable act of boundless generosity, CSX has conducted a charitable event for the people of the Appalachian Mountains called the “Santa Train” every year for 67 years. The other sponsors of this wonderful event are Food City supermarkets and the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce.

This “Santa Train” is an actual train that is loaded with toys, gifts, food and volunteers that travels through the Appalachian Mountains from Shelby, Kentucky to Kingsport, Tennessee. From the train, these toys, gifts and food are delivered into the hands of the needy children who live in these isolated areas.

The “Santa Train” is a highly anticipated event for the impoverished families of the Appalachians and it has also become a beloved and great American tradition that is being passed down from generation to generation.


 

This year, CSX reached out to national children’s charity Kids Wish Network for help with securing the toys and gifts to provide for the children served by the “Santa Train.” Through their network of “Guardian Angels” that includes some of the nation’s leading manufacturers and distributors, Kids Wish Network provided the CSX “Santa Train” with a donation of assorted toys and presents worth approximately $130,000.


 

In addition to the presents, Kids Wish Network also sent a representative named Ashley to help out with the event.


 

I was extremely touched by the whole experience of this trip and very proud to be there representing Kids Wish Network. It was a real pleasure to meet and be amongst so many kind people who were there volunteering their time to help reach out to needy children,” said Ashley.


 The joy of the children who came to meet the “Santa Train” was evident in the absolute radiance coming from their smiles; their eyes just lit up when they saw Santa riding along on the back of the train. To see the excitement that was expressed by the kids and to experience the gladly anticipatory spirit of the thousands of children lined up awaiting the arrival of the “Santa Train” was like viewing a glimpse of “true Americana.”

 

According to Ashley, “Being on the ground and seeing the faces of the children first hand made me realize that we really have made a difference in the lives of these children this holiday season. My first toy to hand out on the ground was to a cute little 4 or 5-year-old girl; her face was so full of disbelief that she looked at me twice to make sure the toy was hers to keep and then she ran to her mother with delighted screams of joy.”

 

Because of this “Santa Train,” over 5,000 deserving children will have a little bit more with which to celebrate the holiday season this year. By this event alone, CSX has helped to create a lasting new holiday tradition for the families of the Appalachians.

 

If your company manufactures or distributes any toys, gifts, games, accessories, electronics or anything else geared towards children and teenagers, please contact Kids Wish Network’s Distribution Center. Any help would be tremendously appreciatedKids Wish Network is happy to announce that all donated items will be shipped via free freight within the United States. For more information, please call (727) 937-3600 or toll free at (888) 918-9004.
 
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.

In Desperate Times, Chicco USA Comes to the Rescue of Sick Children Yet Again!

Posted in Press Releases on January 22nd, 2010

Holiday, FL- Sick kids all around the country who are served by Kids Wish Network’s gift giving programs will soon be smiling thanks to an outstanding donation of products from Chicco USA.

Children recovering from illness or injury in hospitals and care facilities across the nation will soon be smiling, thanks to the exceptional generosity of Chicco USA, which donated hundreds of fabulous items such as baby strollers, car seats and toys of all shapes and sizes, again! This latest amazing donation came to a retail value of approximately $60,000 dollars worth of merchandise that could not have come at a better time for Kids Wish Network, considering today’s economic climate.

Children’s care facilities and hospitals all over the United States will be extremely excited to receive these desperately needed items, and Kids Wish Network simply cannot express enough thanks and gratitude to Chicco USA for “coming to the rescue” with their magnificent donation.

These fabulous items are included in Kids Wish Network’s unique Holiday of Hope Gift Bank program, an uplifting program that brings cheer to children in the care of specialized facilities such as hospitals, abuse and homeless shelters. The donated toys are delivered straight into the hands of the children; there are no “middle men” involved and these precious treasures help tremendously easing the fears and anxieties these brave little warriors face in their situations. Doctors and nurses all agree: Sometimes a smile can be the very best medicine!

There is nothing better than seeing the excitement and surprise on the face of a child who is bravely battling back from disease, recovering from an accident or dealing with adverse circumstances and Kids Wish Network is overjoyed to facilitate these memorable moments.  We would not as efficiently have been able to make a difference in the life of these young people, were it not for caring organizations like Chicco USA.  We offer our sincere thanks to Chicco, a wonderful “Guardian Angel,” and others like them who help us to spread cheer year-round.

If your company manufactures or distributes products designed for children of all ages, please contact Kids Wish Network’s Distribution Center. Any help would be tremendously appreciated!  Kids Wish Network is happy to announce that all donated items will be shipped via free freight. For more information, please call (727) 937-3600 or toll free at (888) 918-9004.

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.

Seeking Help for Kids Wish Network’s Special Children and Teens

Posted in Press Releases on January 15th, 2010

Holiday, FL –  Kids Wish Network, a nationally recognized 501 (c) 3 organization that serves children with life-threatening illnesses, is desperate for your help! We are in need of donations of toys and games for children of all ages: from infants to teenagers. With the economic climate of the country today, it’s becoming harder and harder to find donations at all, let alone ones that fit the needs of our kids. We are understanding of this difficulty, but the children still need our help; without your assistance, we cannot give these kids the joy they so deserve during their times of need.

 

We work hard each and every day, all year round to bring joy to some very courageous kids through our gift giving Holiday of Hope Gift Bank program. This program distributes thousands of dollars worth of toys and games to children within approximately 150 hospitals and child care facilities across the country all year round.

 

Because of the difficult economic times, more and more people are flooding into homeless and abuse shelters, many bringing their children, who have little to make them smile. This is where Kids Wish Network works best, bringing happiness to the lives of these kids.  

 

In order to bring joy to these very deserving children, we rely on the generosity of toy manufacturers and companies nationwide to donate their products to be given to these children. It has been proven that these toys help alleviate fears and anxieties by allowing children to temporarily forget about the pain and fear often accompanying scary and uncertain circumstances.
If your company manufactures or distributes any toys, gifts, games, accessories, electronics or anything else geared towards children and teenagers, please contact Kids Wish Network’s Distribution Center. Any help would be tremendously appreciatedKids Wish Network is happy to announce that all donated items will be shipped via free freight within the United States. For more information, please call (727) 937-3600 or toll free at (888) 918-9004.
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: Editorial Staff

Seeking Assistance for Kids Wish Network’s Special Children and Teens

Posted in Press Releases on January 8th, 2010

Holiday, FL – Kids Wish Network, a nationally recognized 501 (c) 3 organization that serves children with life-threatening illnesses, is desperate for your help! We are in need of donations of toys and games for children of all ages: from infants to teenagers. With the economic climate of the country today, it’s becoming harder and harder to find donations at all, let alone ones that fit our kids needs. We are understanding of this difficulty, but the children still need our help; without your assistance, we cannot give these kids the joy they so deserve during their times of need.

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. Our wish granting services were created to fulfill the wishes of children who may never have the chance to experience something amazing like this again, while our gift giving Holiday of Hope Gift Bank program distributes thousands of dollars worth of toys and games to children within around 150 hospitals and child care facilities across the country.

Because of the difficult economic times, more and more people are flooding into homeless and abuse shelters, many bringing their children, who have little to make them smile. This is where Kids Wish Network works best, bringing happiness to the lives of these kids.

In order to bring joy to these very deserving children, we rely on the generosity of toy manufacturers and companies nationwide to donate their products to be given to these children. It has been proven that these toys help alleviate fears and anxieties by allowing children to temporarily forget about the pain and fear often accompanying scary and uncertain circumstances.

If your company manufactures or distributes any toys, gifts, games, accessories, electronics or anything else geared towards children and teenagers, please contact Kids Wish Network’s Distribution Center. Any help would be tremendously appreciated! Kids Wish Network is happy to announce that all donated items will be shipped via free freight within the United States. For more information, please call (727) 937-3600 or toll free at (888) 918-9004.

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: Editorial Staff