Archive for November, 2011

Kids Wish Network Supports the U.S. Military through the Shipment of Over $360,000 in Toys to the U.S. Army’s Operation Toy Drop

Posted in Press Releases on November 23rd, 2011

Holiday, FL- National children’s charity Kids Wish Network reaches out to the U.S. Army’s Operation Toy Drop by providing over $360,000 dollars’ worth of brand new toys, clothes, games and other necessities to be given to children in need across the country!

Since 1998, U.S. Army base at Fort Bragg has hosted Operation Toy Drop to benefit children in need. During a week-long toy drive, paratroopers and other members of the military bring new, unwrapped toys to the base to benefit deserving children all around Fort Bragg. Once collected, the toys are sorted, wrapped and distributed to local children’s homes and social service agencies.

With Kids Wish Network’s support, this year will be the first that the program is able to include other military bases across the country to benefit children’s homes, shelters and advocacy centers. Additionally, Fisher Houses – a safe “home away from home” for the families of service men and women receiving care at military hospitals and medical facilities – will receive toys and necessities from Kids Wish Network to help brighten the holidays for the children in their care.

So far, in their second round of shipments, Kids Wish Network has sent out brand new toys, clothes, games and other gifts with a retail value of over $360,000 to military bases and Fisher Houses across the country in support of Operation Toy Drop:

  • Over $70,000 was shipped to Upton, CA
  • Over $19,000 was shipped to Austin, TX
  • Over $40,000 was shipped to San Antonio, TX
  • Over $90,000 was shipped to Lewisville, TX
  • Over $90,000 was shipped to Ft. Bragg, NC
  • Over $20,000 was shipped to Baton Rouge, LA
  • Over $20,000 was shipped to St. Louis, MO

The best part is that Kids Wish Network is working extra hard to send out more toys and necessities to even more military bases and Fisher Houses nationwide. It is an outstanding effort that truly embodies the meaning of “holiday spirit.”

If your company manufactures or distributes any toys, games, baby items, electronics, accessories, gifts or anything else geared towards children and teenagers, please contact Kids Wish Network’s Distribution Center. This is the perfect opportunity to clean out your warehouse AND do some good by donating any sample items and products that are being discontinued or marked out of stock. Also, Kids Wish Network pays the freight! 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.

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Another Successful Santa Train Delivers Holiday Joy Throughout the Appalachian Mountains!

Posted in Press Releases on November 23rd, 2011

Holiday, Fla. – National children’s charity Kids Wish Network has once again partnered up with CSX, Food City supermarkets and the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce and hosted a successful Santa Train event. This time, over $500,000 dollars’ worth of toys, strollers, clothes, educational products and other necessities were handed out to over 5,000 children living in extreme circumstances throughout the Appalachian Mountains.

Due to the overwhelming needs of people in the Appalachian Mountain region, CSX Corporation, Food City supermarkets and the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce host an annual Santa Train event – this year being their 69th. This Santa Train is a beautiful, historic 9-car train loaded with toys and gifts that travels through the Appalachian Mountains and has become a holiday tradition for the impoverished families who live there. Over the course of only one amazing day, the donated toys and gifts are distributed directly into the hands of thousands of children and teenagers in need at 14 scheduled stops from Shelby, Kentucky to Kingsport, Tennessee. The toys are divided into pre-packaged bags according to age and gender which are then handed to the kids on the ground.

This was the third year that national children’s charity Kids Wish Network provided toys, strollers, clothes, educational products, games and other gifts for deserving children and teenagers served by the Santa Train. Kids Wish Network’s Executive Director, Anna Lanzatella; Associate Director of Finance, Tam Lai; and Karen Pelle, the President of their Board of Directors also went along to help hand out over $500,000 dollars’ worth of the donated toys and gifts.

The Kids Wish representatives were right in the middle of all the holiday action as they helped put gift bags overflowing with toys directly into the waiting hands of children, assisted with organizing the bags and getting them ready to be given out. They even joined Santa Claus and country superstar duo Thompson Square at the railing of the train’s caboose to toss toys and gifts out into the crowds of people!

“This Santa Train was certainly a humbling experience that I will never forget,” said Executive Director, Anna Lanzatella. “There were so many people waiting for the train at each stop that it was hard to move around. I was touched to see smiles light up the sad faces of the children as they received their gift bags with outstretched arms. Their parents were so overjoyed and appreciative of all we were doing for their kids – it was quite overwhelming. The Santa Train is a wonderful holiday tradition and it is such an honor to be a part of something that spreads so much cheer during the holiday season. We can’t wait to be a part of the big 70th annual Santa Train next year!”

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.

Follow Kids Wish Network on Twitter, like us on Facebook and check out our YouTube channel!

 

 

Kids Wish Network Helps U.S. Army Operation Toy Drop Expand into a Nationwide Program and is in Need of Donations

Posted in Press Releases on November 23rd, 2011

Holiday, FL- National children’s charity Kids Wish Network is excited and proud to be a part of the U.S. Army’s Operation Toy Drop by providing toys and gifts to be given out on military bases at several events during the month of December. In addition, Kids Wish Network will be sending toys to Fisher Houses located on or near military bases nationwide.

This year marks the 14th year for Operation Toy Drop and through the support of national children’s charity Kids Wish Network, the program is able to include other military bases across the country to benefit children’s homes, shelters and advocacy centers. This year, Kids Wish Network committed to provide over a quarter million dollars’ worth of brand new toys, games and other necessities for this outstanding effort.

In order to fulfill their mission, Kids Wish Network relies on the generosity of toy manufacturers and companies nationwide to donate their products. It has been proven that toys help alleviate fears and anxieties by allowing children to temporarily forget about the pain and fear often accompanying uncertain circumstances. If you can contribute any toys, games or gifts, please contact Kids Wish Network’s Distribution Center. Remember, Kids Wish Network pays all shipping and freight costs. 

 “The need isn’t just here in Fayetteville,” said a spokesperson for Operation Toy Drop. “It’s national. And Kids Wish Network’s participation has allowed us to double our impact in the communities we serve. This ability to put smiles on the faces of so many more children means the world to us. It’s all about the kids and getting toys out to them.”

Additionally, Fisher Houses across the country will be receiving toys and necessities from Kids Wish Network for the children of our service men and women receiving care at military hospitals and medical facilities.

“It is such an honor to be able to help support Operation Toy Drop’s national effort and to provide toys to Fisher Houses,” said Barbara Askin, Director of Kids Wish Network’s distribution center. “We are so pleased that we are able to provide toys that will comfort these children in their times of need. We will do anything we can do to help the brave men and women who fight to keep our country safe.”
 
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.

Follow Kids Wish Network on Twitter, like us on Facebook and check out our YouTube channel!

BABYPRO, LLC Sends a Fantastic Donation of Special DVDs and CDs for Babies to Families in Need

Posted in Press Releases on November 17th, 2011

Holiday, FL- Kids Wish Network received an amazing donation of wonderful DVDs and CDs to help promote and encourage healthy physical and mental development in babies from specialty manufacturer BABYPRO, LLC to distribute to children in crisis through their gift giving programs.

In a world where physical activities are often shunned for non-physical activities such as playing video games and watching TV, getting kids interested in physical activity as early as possible is definitely a must for parents. Unfortunately, though there are products out there, many families facing uncertain circumstances such as homelessness or joblessness, are unable to provide these for their children. The kind folks at BABYPRO, LLC saw this and decided to reach out and generously give many of their amazing sports DVDs and CDs to families in need through national children’s charity Kids Wish Network and have been doing so as a treasured member of the Kids Wish Network “Guardian Angel” network since 2005.

BABYPRO, LLC is a unique manufacturer of videos and music CDs designed especially to combine “cognitive learning with physical concepts” to engage infants with healthy, fun physical activities. They believe “a child’s interest in sports and active play should be cultivated from infancy…movement and exercise benefit little bodies by building flexibility and strength, and help develop muscle coordination, gross motor skills, body awareness and self-esteem.”

This marvelous donation of outstanding DVDs and CDs came just in time for Kids Wish Network, as they are gearing up for several upcoming events with their unique Holiday of Hope Gift Bank program and the groundbreaking “Kids Wish Network On Tour” program. Both programs bring joy to children all across the country facing difficult circumstances such as illnesses, abuse, neglect and homelessness by providing them with toys, books, clothes, educational products, games and other necessities. Kids Wish is also providing toys and necessities for the U.S. Army’s Operation Toy Drop for children in need across the United States as well as sending toys to Fisher Houses nationwide to be given to the children of service men and women receiving care at military hospitals and medical facilities.

For their continued generosity and their wonderful, engaging products that are made with such insight and care, Kids Wish Network would like to thank BABYPRO, LLC as a treasured “Guardian Angel” donor.

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.

Follow Kids Wish Network on Twitter, like us on Facebook and check out our YouTube channel!

 

Kids Wish Network and Operation Toy Drop are Moving Toward their Goal of a Quarter Million Dollars’ Worth of Toys and Need Your Help to Meet It!

Posted in Press Releases on November 17th, 2011

Holiday, FL- National children’s charity Kids Wish Network has already exceeded the halfway point of their commitment to provide a quarter million dollars’ worth of toys and necessities to the U.S. Army’s Operation Toy Drop by recently shipping over $100,000 of toys and necessities to Fort Bragg and another $70,000 to military bases and Fisher Houses in California!

Since 1998, U.S. Army base at Fort Bragg has hosted Operation Toy Drop to benefit children in need. During a week-long toy drive, paratroopers and other members of the military bring new, unwrapped toys to the base to benefit deserving children all around Fort Bragg. Once collected, the toys are sorted, wrapped and distributed to local children’s homes and social service agencies.

With Kids Wish Network’s support, this year will be the first that the program is able to include other military bases across the country to benefit children’s homes, shelters and advocacy centers. Additionally, Fisher Houses – a safe “home away from home” for the families of service men and women receiving care at military hospitals and medical facilities – will receive toys and necessities from Kids Wish Network to help brighten the holidays for the children in their care.

To make sure that these children and their families have a joyful holiday season this year, Kids Wish Network still needs donations of toys and other necessities to send to military bases participating in Operation Toy Drop and Fisher Houses across the country.  

In order to fulfill our mission, we rely on the generosity of toy manufacturers and companies nationwide to donate their products. It is proven that toys help alleviate fears and anxieties by temporarily relieving pain and fear that often accompanies uncertain circumstances and even the loss of a parent.

If you can contribute any toys, games or gifts, please contact Kids Wish Network’s Distribution Center. Remember, Kids Wish Network pays all shipping and freight costs. 
 
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.

Follow Kids Wish Network on Twitter, like us on Facebook and check out our YouTube channel!

Fashion Angels Enterprises® Sends Another Amazing Donation of Fashion-Forward Products to Kids Wish Network

Posted in Press Releases on November 17th, 2011

Holiday, Fla. – Kids Wish Network just received a marvelous donation of all sorts of fashion-forward bracelets and stickers for girls from Fashion Angels Enterprises® to distribute to children in crisis through Kids Wish Network’s amazingly uplifting gift-giving programs.

Unique manufacturer Fashion Angel Enterprises® is dedicated to “designing and manufacturing some of the most innovative, fashion-forward, and safe products in the market. They strive to provide their customers with a high quality product that teaches valuable skills that ignites the creative spark within.”

Since 2006, Fashion Angels Enterprises® has been donating their amazing fashionable products – from paper dolls to jewelry to fashion design kits and anything in between – to national children’s charity Kids Wish Network, whose goal is to bring joy into the lives of children facing life-altering circumstances such as illnesses, abuse, homelessness and neglect.

This latest donation from Fashion Angel Enterprises® included a wide variety of very “fashion-forward” glow in the dark stretchy bracelets designed to delight each and every fashion conscious tween girl from coast to coast. These extremely popular bracelets are sure to bring a smile to the faces of event the most downcast of little girls.

This wonderful donation came just in time for Kids Wish Network, as they are gearing up for several upcoming events with their unique Holiday of Hope Gift Bank program and the groundbreaking “Kids Wish Network On Tour” program. Both programs bring joy to children all across the country facing difficult circumstances such as illnesses, abuse, neglect and homelessness by providing them with toys, books, clothes, educational products, games and other necessities. Kids Wish is also providing toys and necessities for the U.S. Army’s Operation Toy Drop for children in need across the United States as well as sending toys to Fisher Houses nationwide to be given to the children of service men and women receiving care at military hospitals and medical facilities.

For everything they have done and continue to do in bringing joy to kids in need across the country, Kids Wish Network would like to send a most heartfelt thank you out to Fashion Angels Enterprises®, a very treasured member of the “Guardian Angel” donors.

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.

Follow Kids Wish Network on Twitter, like us on Facebook and check out our YouTube channel!

Kids Wish Network Needs Your Help to Support the U.S. Military through Operation: Care and Comfort and Operation Military Kids

Posted in Press Releases on November 10th, 2011

 

Holiday, FL- National children’s charity Kids Wish Network is proud to be able to provide toys and gifts to be given out to children of military families during the month of December through Operation: Care and Comfort and Operation Military Kids.

With many parents, guardians and other loved ones overseas, the holiday season can sometimes be the hardest time of year for the children of military families. This is why Kids Wish Network has partnered with Operation: Care and Comfort to bring the joy of new toys to children of service men and women from all branches of the military, including the Reserves and honored veterans this coming holiday season.

Kids Wish Network is proud of its growing relationship with the U.S. military, as we are honored to provide toys for the U.S. Army’s Operation Toy Drop. We’ve also recently worked with the squadrons at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona to grant the special wish of a young boy who wanted only to be a “pilot for a day.” The boy was presented with a flight suit and honorary wings, was given a tour of the squadron along with the “boneyard” for out of commission aircraft and was even given the chance to “fly” in an official U.S. Air Force flight simulator.

To make their holidays brighter, Kids, Kids Wish Network has pledged to provide half a million dollars’ worth of toys, games and necessities to thousands of children from struggling military families throughout the Bay area served through Operation: Care and Comfort and Operation Military Kids.   

In order to fulfill our mission, we rely on the generosity of toy manufacturers and companies nationwide to donate their products. It has been proven that toys help alleviate fears and anxieties by allowing children to temporarily forget about their loneliness, feelings of uncertainty and the pain of the loss of a parent.

If you can contribute any toys, games or gifts, please contact Kids Wish Network’s Distribution Center. Remember, Kids Wish Network pays all shipping and freight costs. 
 
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.

Follow Kids Wish Network on Twitter, like us on Facebook and check out our YouTube channel! 

 

Kids Wish Network Helps U.S. Army Operation Toy Drop Expand into a Nationwide Program and is in Need of Donations

Posted in Press Releases on November 10th, 2011

Holiday, FL- National children’s charity Kids Wish Network is excited and proud to be a part of the U.S. Army’s Operation Toy Drop by providing toys and gifts to be given out on military bases at several events during the month of December. In addition, Kids Wish Network will be sending toys to Fisher Houses located on or near military bases nationwide.

This year marks the 14th year for Operation Toy Drop and through the support of national children’s charity Kids Wish Network, the program is able to include other military bases across the country to benefit children’s homes, shelters and advocacy centers. This year, Kids Wish Network committed to provide over a quarter million dollars’ worth of brand new toys, games and other necessities for this outstanding effort.

In order to fulfill their mission, Kids Wish Network relies on the generosity of toy manufacturers and companies nationwide to donate their products.It has been proven that toys help alleviate fears and anxieties by allowing children to temporarily forget about the pain and fear often accompanying uncertain circumstances. If you can contribute any toys, games or gifts, please contact Kids Wish Network’s Distribution Center. Remember, Kids Wish Network pays all shipping and freight costs. 

 “The need isn’t just here in Fayetteville,” said a spokesperson for Operation Toy Drop. “It’s national. And Kids Wish Network’s participation has allowed us to double our impact in the communities we serve. This ability to put smiles on the faces of so many more children means the world to us. It’s all about the kids and getting toys out to them.”

Additionally, Fisher Houses across the country will be receiving toys and necessities from Kids Wish Network for the children of our service men and women receiving care at military hospitals and medical facilities.

“It is such an honor to be able to help support Operation Toy Drop’s national effort and to provide toys to Fisher Houses,” said Barbara Askin, Director of Kids Wish Network’s distribution center. “We are so pleased that we are able to provide toys that will comfort these children in their times of need. We will do anything we can do to help the brave men and women who fight to keep our country safe.” 
 
For more information on Kids Wish Network please visit their website atwww.kidswishnetwork.orgIf you would like to donate merchandise, please call 727- 937-3600 or toll free at 888-918-9004.

Follow Kids Wish Network on Twitter, like us on Facebook and check out our YouTube channel!

Kids Wish Network Needs Your Help to Bring the “Joy of Toys” to Children in Need Nationwide

Posted in Press Releases on November 10th, 2011

Holiday, FL- Kids Wish Network recently sent truckloads of toys and gifts across the country to bring joy to children in need. Now they need the assistance of toy manufacturers and distributors to help send out even more toys with their upcoming gift giving events.

Picture in your mind the wide, bright smile of a child as they hug a brand new toy or open a fun new game. Now imagine that this child has gone through difficult circumstances such as neglect, abuse or homelessness; perhaps they are sitting in a hospital bed because of an accident or a lingering illness. These are the children for whom the “joy of toys” becomes even more special and meaningful. Not only do toys and games provide these children with a welcome distraction from their unpleasant situations, but they can also bring comfort and a sense of normalcy.

With donations of brand new toys, games and other gifts from some of the top distributors and manufacturers worldwide, national children’s charity Kids Wish Network works non-stop all year round to help bring the “joy of toys” to children facing difficult circumstances; they do this through their gift giving programs: the Holiday of Hope Gift Bank program and Kids Wish Network On Tour. The Holiday of Hope Gift Banks are pallets of toys, gifts and games sent to specialized facilities such as hospitals, homeless and abuse shelters to distribute to  children in their care. With Kids Wish Network on Tour, several semi-trucks are packed completely full of toys, games, clothes, baby strollers and other necessary items and sent to various cities across the country for children in need.

Kids Wish Network recently completed a Kids Wish Network On Tour event in Monroe County, Tennessee and they have also shipped a Holiday of Hope Gift Bank to HealthBridge Orange in California.

Kids Wish Network is currently working on the following events:  

  • CSX Santa Train
  • 2011 Operation Care and Comfort in California
  • Kids Wish Network On Tour in Los Angeles, California
  • Kids Wish Network On Tour in Brownfield, Texas

In addition, Kids Wish Network just sent thousands of toys, games and necessities to be given to deserving children nationwide through the U.S. Army’s Operation Toy Drop.

If your company manufactures or distributes any toys, gifts, games, accessories, electronics, educational products or anything else geared towards children and teenagers, please contact Kids Wish Network’s Distribution Center. They are happy to announce that all donated items will be shipped via free freight! Just think about it: you can ship your merchandise all the way to Florida without spending a single dime! Help Kids Wish Network light up the faces of deserving children all across the country. Donate your products today and Kids Wish Network will distribute them to children in need.  
 
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.

Follow Kids Wish Network on Twitter, like us on Facebook and check out our YouTube channel!

 

Kids Wish Network Helps U.S. Army Operation Toy Drop Expand into a Nationwide Program and is in Need of Donations

Posted in Press Releases on November 3rd, 2011

Holiday, FL- National children’s charity Kids Wish Network is excited and proud to be a part of the U.S. Army’s Operation Toy Drop by providing toys and gifts to be given out on military bases at several events during the month of December. In addition, Kids Wish Network will be sending toys to Fisher Houses located on or near military bases nationwide.

This year marks the 14th year for Operation Toy Drop and through the support of national children’s charity Kids Wish Network, the program is able to include other military bases across the country to benefit children’s homes, shelters and advocacy centers. This year, Kids Wish Network committed to provide over a quarter million dollars’ worth of brand new toys, games and other necessities for this outstanding effort.

In order to fulfill their mission, Kids Wish Network relies on the generosity of toy manufacturers and companies nationwide to donate their products.It has been proven that toys help alleviate fears and anxieties by allowing children to temporarily forget about the pain and fear often accompanying uncertain circumstances. If you can contribute any toys, games or gifts, please contact Kids Wish Network’s Distribution Center. Remember, Kids Wish Network pays all shipping and freight costs. 

 “The need isn’t just here in Fayetteville,” said a spokesperson for Operation Toy Drop. “It’s national. And Kids Wish Network’s participation has allowed us to double our impact in the communities we serve. This ability to put smiles on the faces of so many more children means the world to us. It’s all about the kids and getting toys out to them.”

Additionally, Fisher Houses across the country will be receiving toys and necessities from Kids Wish Network for the children of our service men and women receiving care at military hospitals and medical facilities.

“It is such an honor to be able to help support Operation Toy Drop’s national effort and to provide toys to Fisher Houses,” said Barbara Askin, Director of Kids Wish Network’s distribution center. “We are so pleased that we are able to provide toys that will comfort these children in their times of need. We will do anything we can do to help the brave men and women who fight to keep our country safe.” 
 
For more information on Kids Wish Network please visit their website atwww.kidswishnetwork.orgIf you would like to donate merchandise, please call 727- 937-3600 or toll free at 888-918-9004.

Follow Kids Wish Network on Twitter, like us on Facebook and check out our YouTube channel!