Archive for September, 2010

Kids Wish Network’s Board of Directors Vote in a New Member: South Florida Entrepreneur Andy Gottlieb

Posted in Press Releases on September 24th, 2010

HOLIDAY, Fla. – Longtime supporter of national children’s charity Kids Wish Network, Andy Gottlieb, was just elected to the Kids Wish Network Board of Directors.

Andy Gottlieb has dedicated most of his life to helping children in need. In fact, the retired tax accountant is also a certified Broward County teacher who volunteers with the Special Olympics and is a specialized coach in aquatics, basketball and bowling. Also, since 1999, Andy Gottlieb has wholeheartedly and generously supported locally-based 501(c)(3) charity Kids Wish Network and their programs through the Arnold and Joy Gottlieb Family Foundation, for which he is a trustee.

For the past three years, Andy, through the Arnold and Joy Gottlieb Family Foundation, has supported Kids Wish Network’s Hero of the Month and Holiday of Hope Gift Bank programs at both Chris Evert Children’s Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale and the Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida in Ft. Myers. Just recently, Andy also added Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Florida to his list of sponsored facilities and is currently looking into sponsoring other specialized pediatric care facilities and programs for which to sponsor through Kids Wish Network. 

In addition to sponsoring the three hospitals, Andy Gottlieb also volunteers his time for the Holiday of Hope events that occur at the hospitals to celebrate the donations of toys they receive through Kids Wish Network’s Holiday of Hope Gift Bank program. For the past three years, nurses, Child Life Specialists and, of course, the children themselves have enjoyed Andy’s presence at the little parties they throw just as much as he has enjoyed being a part of their celebrations.

Anna Lanzatella, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Development for Kids Wish Network, said, “Words cannot express my true appreciation for all the support the Arnold & Joy Gottlieb Family Foundation have provided to Kids Wish Network throughout the years.  We are especially grateful to Andy Gottlieb. He truly is our Guardian Angel and we are so grateful to have his support.”

Because of his heartfelt dedication to helping children in need, Andy was elected onto Kids Wish Network’s Board of Directors at their most recent board meeting, a position most suited for someone as kind and helpful as Andy Gottlieb truly is.

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

Karen Pelle of Megatrux Inc: A Guardian Angel for all Time

Posted in Press Releases on September 17th, 2010

Holiday, FL – Kids Wish Network is extremely proud to announce that their longtime friend and supporter, Karen Pelle of Megatrux Inc., has just been voted in to the position of President of the Board of Directors of Kids Wish Network.

Karen Pelle, president of global freight company Megatrux Inc., has been an official “Guardian Angel” and an integral part of national children’s charity Kids Wish Network since 2002, when she first volunteered the services of Megatrux Inc. From then until now, Karen has succeeded in bringing smiles to the faces of hundreds of thousands of children across the country with her kind dedication, determined perseverance and selfless compassion – the finest legacy that anyone can achieve.

In 2002, Karen Pelle began working her “Guardian Angel magic” at Kids Wish Network by having Megatrux Inc. provide transportation for the donated toys and gifts that the charity receives from manufacturers and distributors nationwide for their unique Holiday of Hope Gift Bank program. Even with the most difficult of shipping situations, such as making sure the merchandise gets to hard-to-reach destinations such as Alaska and Hawaii, Karen just waves her “magic wand” and Megatrux Inc. gets the toys wherever they need to go, at Karen’s own expense.

Karen Pelle, with her generous heart and kind nature not only assists with the Gift Bank program, but she also lends a helping hand when it comes to Kids Wish Network’s Holiday of Hope events. These bring gifts and joy to kids at various children’s hospitals in hopes of taking their minds off of their medical woes. Not only does Karen ensure that the toys arrive safely at the hospital, but she also dedicates her weekends and her own personal time pitching in by unpacking toys, stuffing gift bags and distributing them to the children, working tirelessly to help children nationwide. In fact, nothing is too difficult for Karen when it comes to lending a hand or providing shipping services for hundreds of thousands of children in need.

With her vast experience in the shipping industry and her constant, heartfelt dedication to Kids Wish Network and their mission, Karen Pelle made an excellent addition to the Kids Wish Network Board of Directors, and has for a number of years now. At their latest Board meeting, the members of the Board unanimously voted Karen into the position of President for her selfless generosity and constant help to kids in need, a position that everyone at Kids Wish Network knows she will fill perfectly.

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.

Bringing a Good Night’s Sleep to Children in Need: Cloud B Helps Kids Wish Network Bring Bedtime Comfort to Children in Crisis Nationwide

Posted in Press Releases on September 10th, 2010

Holiday, FL- Kids Wish Network received an amazing donation of beautifully crafted merchandise from specialty manufacturer Cloud B to distribute to children in crisis through Kids Wish Network’s amazingly uplifting gift-giving program.

A magnificent donation of specialty sleepy-time toys and assorted soft plush animals that came to a retail value of approximately $10,000 worth of merchandise just arrived at national children’s charity Kids Wish Network from Cloud B, a California company dedicated to “helping children of all ages sleep better.” The company’s “philosophy is that every child deserves a sound night’s sleep for healthy development” – something that rings especially true for kids in crisis situations such as ones dealing with homlessness or abuse.

In the boxes of merchandise that were just delivered to Kids Wish, Cloud B included their magnificent plush Twilight Turtles and Twilight Ladybugs that “transform any room into a starry night sky” through a beautiful soft light display of the moon and stars that are perfect any ceiling, whether at home, a hospital room or even a shelter; also included were the company’s soft, sweet Polar Cuddle Cub toys and other lovingly created plush toys especially designed to reassure and comfort children as they get ready for bed.

These beautiful brand new toys and special plush nightlights will be 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 abuse shelters, hospitals and homeless shelters. Doctors, nurses and caregivers all agree: sometimes a smile can be the very best medicine!

Cloud B’s donation will go a very long way in helping to ease the fears and anxieties that children in crisis situations unfortunately experience. Hospitals and pediatric care facilities will be overjoyed to receive these precious items and Kids Wish Network simply cannot express enough thanks and gratitude to Cloud B for their magnificent donation.

There is nothing better than seeing the excitement and surprise on the face of a child who is bravely battling a crippling disease or dealing with some awful circumstances and Kids Wish Network is overjoyed to facilitate these memorable moments.  Our mission would not be possible nor would we be able to make a difference in the lives of so many young people, were it not for caring organizations like Cloud B.  We offer our sincere thanks to this wonderful “Guardian Angel” and others like them who help us to spread cheer year-round to very deserving children.

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.

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

Posted in Press Releases on September 3rd, 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 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