Archive for December, 2010

Chicco USA, Inc. helps “Kids Wish Network on Tour” Bring Joy to Families and Children in Need Nationwide

Posted in Press Releases on December 30th, 2010

Madisonville, TN- Acclaimed manufacturer Chicco USA, Inc. exhibited outstanding generosity by helping bring joy to children and families in crisis through national children’s charity, Kids Wish Network and their newest program, “Kids Wish Network on Tour.”

This December marked the beginning of a brand new program started by national children’s charity Kids Wish Network called “Kids Wish Network on Tour.” This is a program that delivers hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of donated brand new toys and gifts to children in crisis in impoverished areas around the country. The delivery of the toys and gifts was provided very generously by Megatrux, Inc.

The first “On Tour” event took place in Madisonville, Tennessee, a town very affected by the fluctuating economy.  It was a huge event for the impoverished area and the city officials. Thousands of children and their families from four different surrounding counties were selected to attend by city officials due to their unfortunate circumstances which range from extreme poverty situations, to homelessness, to abusive situations and even neglect.  

On the day of the event, the joy and sense of excitement was overwhelmingly powerful; you could feel the happiness in the hearts of the families. However, as the families arrived to pick up their gifts, they lined up outside in the freezing weather and the Kids Wish Network volunteers saw many parents carrying infants wrapped only in sheets to protect them from the chill. Seeing this, the volunteers were absolutely heartbroken and pulled these parents out of the lines and gave them the amazing strollers donated by Chicco USA, Inc. and some nice, warm blankets from Bestever, Inc. to tuck their little ones in. The beautiful strollers and blankets were extremely well received by the emotional and very grateful parents; some even had tears of joy running down their chilled cheeks. They had never experienced such outstanding generosity before.

Chicco USA, Inc.’s donation has already gone a very long way in helping to ease the burdens that these families are facing and Kids Wish Network is overjoyed to have such an amazing company as one of their treasured “Guardian Angels.” Because of everything they have done for these crisis-stricken families, Kids Wish Network simply cannot express enough thanks and gratitude to Chicco USA, Inc.

We at Kids Wish Network would not as efficiently have been able to make a difference in the life of these people, were it not for caring organizations like Chicco USA, Inc.  We offer our sincere thanks to these wonderful “Guardian Angels,” and others like them who help us to spread cheer year-round.

The amazing success of Kids Wish Network’s programs is due to the generosity of the donations of various toy and shipping companies. For all of Kids Wish Network’s “Guardian Angels” and any companies thinking of joining this elite group, 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’s programs and upcoming events, please visit their website at
www.kidswishnetwork.org.

An Outstanding New “Guardian Angel”: FAB/Starpoint Donates Amazing Accessories for Children in Crisis

Posted in Press Releases on December 17th, 2010

Holiday, FL- Kids Wish Network received several wonderful first time donations of youth accessories from FAB/Starpoint to distribute to children in crisis through Kids Wish Network’s amazingly uplifting gift-giving program.

Several magnificent donations of amazing accessories for kids and teens that came to a total retail value of approximately $30,000 arrived over the past few months at national children’s charity Kids Wish Network from FAB/Starpoint, “the industry leader in youth accessories.”

The magnificent backpacks, purses, room décor items and other assorted accessories that FAB/Starpoint sent to Kids Wish Network are just perfect for kids and teens of any age and will be especially welcomed and treasured by the kids served through Kids Wish Network’s programs. These super trendy accessories decorated with beautiful colors, patterns and some of the most beloved children’s characters and celebrities, such as Tinker Bell, Hello Kitty and the Disney Princesses, will delight any child or teen in crisis

FAB/Starpoint’s marvelous donations of amazing accessories 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.

According to Heather of Kids Wish Network’s Distribution Department, “The merchandise [from FAB/Starpoint] is just wonderful and they’re great for kids. I can’t say enough nice things about them [FAB/Starpoint]…they’ve really gone out of their way to help us and support our mission. They’re wonderful!”
 
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.
 
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.

Keeping Worries at Bay for Children in Crisis: Monsters in my Head, LLC. Donates Amazing Stuffed “WorryWoo” Toys and Books to Children’s Charity Kids Wish Network

Posted in Press Releases on December 10th, 2010

Holiday, FL- Kids Wish Network received an amazing donation of sweet, comforting specialty toys called “WorryWoos” from manufacturer Monsters in my Head, LLC. to distribute to children in crisis through Kids Wish Network’s amazingly uplifting gift-giving Holiday of Hope program.

A magnificent donation of plush “WorryWoo” characters and story books, that came to a retail value of approximately $7,000, just arrived at national children’s charity Kids Wish Network from Monsters in my Head, LLC. These special plush toys and story books were created by artist Andi Green to help children embrace their emotions.

These magnificent whimsical plush characters come with names ranging from Nola, “the monster of loneliness,” to Fuddle, “the monster of confusion.” Each little monster has its own story written to help children understand the particular emotion that the monster embodies.

These wonderful plush characters are just perfect for a child of any age and will be especially welcomed and treasured by the children served through Kids Wish Network’s programs. Kids dealing with crisis situations are often plagued by a range of emotions that are sometimes just too much to handle. The comfort and understanding that the “WorryWoo” plush and accompanying stories can bring to a child in such uncertain conditions is outstanding.

Monsters in my Head, LLC.’s marvelous donation of “WorryWoo” plush and books 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.

According to Audrea of Kids Wish Network’s Distribution Department, “The children we deal with are going through very difficult circumstances, so these plush will be a fantastic help in letting them express and conquer some of their feelings…I cannot wait to get these into the hands of kids who need a friend!”
 
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.
 
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.

A Wonderful “Holiday in Holiday”: Thanks to the Generosity of Many Wonderful Sponsors, Kids Wish Network Gives $500,000 Worth of Toys to Tampa Bay Area Children in Crisis

Posted in Press Releases on December 3rd, 2010

HOLIDAY, Fla. – Kids Wish Network gave an amazing $500,000 worth of brand new toys and gifts to 25 charities and shelters from around the Tampa Bay area during a day full of holiday decorations, refreshments, festivities and even a visit from Santa Claus!

Even though children’s charity Kids Wish Network works to bring joy to kids nationwide, they know that there are many children in their own “backyard” who are experiencing difficult situations relating to homelessness, abandonment, abuse and neglect. With this in mind, the Kids Wish Network team worked together with their donors and other sponsors to set up an event called “A Holiday in Holiday” where they would be able to help improve the quality of life for local children and families in crisis.

From 1 pm to 4 pm, representatives from 25 local charities and shelters such as Metropolitan Ministries, Kids Charity of Tampa Bay, ASAP Homeless Shelter, SOLVE of West Pasco and Easter Seals of Florida stopped by the Kids Wish headquarters to pick up two pallets each for the children they serve. In each pallet,
Kids Wish Network’s Distribution Department packed brand new toys, games and gifts that were generously donated by many of the nation’s leading manufacturers and distributors.

As the trucks from the charities and shelters arrived, the representatives were overjoyed to see their pallets, which were comprised of boxes and boxes of outstanding merchandise donated from local manufacturers and distributors as well as from around the country. Also included for each facility was a sparkling brand new child’s bicycle and helmet set, donated from four outstanding sponsors: North Star, Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, Wal-Mart and Amscot.

Upon seeing the pallets for her facility, Angie Lee of Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services said, “I’m very pleased with what I see…I’m so happy to make wishes come true for the kids with these toys.”

Karen Bolden, the Executive Director of ASAP Homeless Shelter noticed that some brand new Chicco baby strollers were included in the pallets and exclaimed on the appropriate timing, as two new mothers had just joined the shelter. Nancy Hankin, the Project Director for Mary Lee’s House, a child protection and advocacy center, also noticed the new strollers and was very grateful: “These strollers and everything…they are all things that our families can really use. It’s unbelievable.”

In addition to the approximately $500,000 worth of toys divided between the 50 pallets, the facility representatives were greeted with a holiday atmosphere complete with festive decorations, a DJ playing holiday tunes, lunch, refreshments and even a visit from Santa Claus.

“This is big for us,” said Rick Hess of Pasco Kids First, a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention and early intervention of child abuse and neglect. “A lot of kids are going to be very happy this Christmas and we’re just thankful to get to partner with you all [at Kids Wish Network].”

“This type of partnership is wonderful. It is really going to help many families this holiday season,” said Nancy Dougherty of Joining Hands Community Mission, an outreach partner of Metropolitan Ministries.

Santa Claus summed up the feeling of the whole event: “The magic that goes along with Christmas is here [at Kids Wish Network]. This is beyond what we [as people] normally do.”

For making the “Holiday in Holiday” event such a wonderful success, Kids Wish Network would like to thank: Clearwater Santa, Crystal Springs , Doogie Dogs A GoGo, Innisbrook, Kohl’s, McDonald’s, North Star Bank, Over the Top Entertainment, Sweetbay Supermarkets, The Spiceman’s Kitchen and Wal-Mart.

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.
 
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.