Archive for August, 2014

Sophia’s Doll Clothes: KWN finds dolls to live in the doll trunks

Posted in Press Releases on August 28th, 2014

HOLIDAY, Fla: To fulfill our mission of infusing hope, creating happy memories and improving the quality of life for children, Kids Wish Network has created unique programs to reach kids facing difficult circumstances. One way we do this is through our Holiday of Hope gift-giving programs.

Through our generous Guardian Angel donor network, we’re able to help over 100,000 children every year receive new, comforting gifts. Our Distribution department and Product Coordinators dedicate their days to finding the most exciting gifts to provide to our deserving kids.

”It’s amazing to see how a simple gift can turn tears into smiles and bring joy back into the hearts of the kids we reach,” says Kids Wish Network Executive Director Anna Lanzatella. “Our staff is dedicated to improving the lives of kids all across the nation and it’s an inspirational environment to work in.”

For the past few months, our Product Coordinator, Chris, has been working tirelessly with staff at Sophia’s Doll Clothes to coordinate a donation of 14 pallets of doll trunks valued at over $20,000.  Once the doll trunks made it all the way to our Florida distribution center and central office, we needed the dolls to fill them.

Chris went back to work contacting Guardian Angel donors across the country to find the perfect dolls for the trunks. Thanks to her dedication and the generosity of our sponsors, Kids Wish Network found an exciting variety of dolls to live in the doll trunks.

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Now, thanks to International Playthings, LLC, The One World Doll Project, Inc., and Adventure Publishing, the trunks donated by Sophia’s Doll Clothes have the perfect residents! Kids Wish Network still has empty trunks, so if your company has dolls to spare, please contact us and help provide joy for children facing difficult circumstances. Contact our Distribution Center at (727) 937-3600 for more information.

Kids Wish Network is a Florida-based charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children facing life-altering circumstances.

Kids Wish Network spreads “Miles of Smiles” to children in need

Posted in Press Releases on August 21st, 2014

HOLIDAY, Fla: In areas all across the nation, you can witness the impact of Kids Wish Network’s programs. Whether it’s a child suffering from a life-threatening illness or an area racked by distress, Kids Wish Network works to bring “miles of smiles” to all children in need.

One program that focuses on not only the kids, but the community as a whole, is the Kids Wish Network Holiday of Hope On Tour program. Designed to inspire hope for children facing adversity, On Tour events distribute millions of dollars worth of brand new toys, clothes, necessities, educational products and other gifts to the kids of the community.

Kids Wish Network works closely with city and county officials to locate and invite at-risk children in their communities to attend the event. During the actual event, the mayors and other officials place the much-needed items directly into the hands of these kids sparking a new, positive perception of the community leaders and law enforcement. Showing these families and at-risk children that their local city and county officials really care about them makes a lasting impact on future relationships.

The children’s charity has hosted nine events across the country since creating the program in 2010. With the help of generous Guardian Angel donors, Kids Wish Network has distributed over $4 million dollars worth of new gifts and necessities to deserving children.

“I cannot begin to express my gratitude for the Kids Wish Network On Tour and the emotional uplift they provided the children in this community,” recalls Mayor Scott Eisenhauer of Danville, IL. “It truly was better than a Christmas morning as I watched families who struggle daily making ends meet light up as their kids were handed a bag of toys, sometimes larger than them.”

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“This event also allowed our city police, fire, staff, and leaders see firsthand the joy and comfort a single gesture can bring in the lives of those burdened by poverty,” adds Eisenhauer. “For both the givers and receivers, it was a day of inspiration and motivation that would never have been possible with the efforts of Kids Wish Network.”

Do you know of an area that needs some hope, or want to donate product and help spread “miles of smiles”? Contact Kids Wish Network’s program department today to find out how you can help spread “miles of smiles” with an On Tour event. Please call (727) 937-3600 for more information or visit www.kidswishnetwork.org.

Kids Wish Network is a Florida-based charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children facing life-altering circumstances.

Making dreams come true in our own backyard

Posted in Press Releases on August 13th, 2014

HOLIDAY, Fla: As kids head back to school, the need for new school supplies can cause financial strain for some families. This is evident across the nation and even in Kids Wish Network’s own backyard. With the help of its generous sponsors, Kids Wish Network was recently able to distribute nearly $50,000 worth of new school supplies and other essentials to local schools in Florida counties Pinellas and Pasco through its Holiday of Hope Gift Bank program.

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Sandy Lane Elementary and Meadowlawn Middle School in Pinellas County and the Pasco Education Foundation each received a Gift Bank stuffed full of pencils, backpacks, bookmarks, notebooks, lunch boxes and other essential items. All will distribute these school supplies to deserving kids in the local community.

“The ability to give back to our local community is an honor,” says Kids Wish Network Executive Director Anna Lanzatella. “We can see that communities in our backyard are struggling so we are extremely grateful to have such generous sponsors that help us provide these essential school supplies to children in need.”

The Kids Wish Network Holiday of Hope Gift Bank program provides new gifts and essential items to the charity’s network of hospitals, shelters, outreach programs and other children’s facilities across the nation. When children are facing difficult circumstances, an item in need can provide much-needed relief and comfort. Through this program, hundreds of thousands of children are helped each year.

About Kids Wish Network

Kids Wish Network is a Florida-based charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children facing life-altering circumstances. You can find out more by visiting www.kidswishnetwork.org; or follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebookor check us out on YouTube.

If your company manufactures or distributes toys, gifts, educational products, clothes, games, accessories, electronics, or other items geared towards children and teenagers, you can help children in need. Contact KWN by calling (888) 918-9004 and ask to speak to our Product Coordinator, or visit us at www.kidswishnetwork.org.

Toys turn tears into smiles: the Kids Wish Network Gift Bank program

Posted in Press Releases on August 6th, 2014

HOLIDAY, Fla: When children are facing life-altering situations, a new gift can provide much-needed relief and comfort. That’s the goal of the Holiday of Hope Gift Bank program, created and coordinated by children’s charity Kids Wish Network.

The charity works with a large network of hospitals, shelters, outreach programs, and other facilities across the nation to distribute new toys, games, necessities and educational products to children dealing with difficult and often tragic circumstances. Through the program, hundreds of thousands of children are helped each year.  Last year, Kids Wish Network reached over 100,000 kids across the United States.

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With the support of generous donors, each partnering facility is eligible to receive a Holiday of Hope Gift Bank worth $20,000 that is stuffed full of comforting items such as soft plush, puzzles, laptop desks, board games, action figurines, books, school supplies, hygiene & beauty products, pillows, educational toys and much more.

The arrival of a Gift Bank to a hospital or homeless shelter is always met with enthusiasm and cheers. Kids Wish Network picks, packs and ships every Gift Bank from its office location in Holiday, FL, and delivers it to the facility free of charge.

“It is amazing how a simple gift can help calm a fearful child and at the same time bring comfort to the parent,” recalls a Child Life Specialist from a partnering facility.

“The gifts are great. It’s a good feeling to see how a toy can change tears of fear into playful laughter,” adds the Director of Radiology from another facility.

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Kids Wish Network is thankful to have such an extensive network of Guardian Angel donors that contribute to the Holiday of Hope Gift Bank program and help provide joy to children suffering from illness, neglect, abuse, or homelessness.

If your company manufactures or distributes toys, gifts, educational products, clothes, games, accessories, electronics, or other items geared towards children and teenagers, you can turn tears into smiles. Contact KWN by calling (888) 918-9004 and ask to speak to our Product Coordinator, or visit us at www.kidswishnetwork.org.

Kids Wish Network is a Florida-based charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children facing life-altering circumstances. You can find out more by visiting www.kidswishnetwork.org; or follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebookor check us out on YouTube.