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K.I.D.S./FASHION DELIVERS NAMES THREE HONOREES FOR WOMEN OF INSPIRATION LUNCHEON, JUNE 7 IN NYC

woil 2017 combo picMarch 13, 2017 — K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, the charity of choice for new product donations made by hundreds of companies in the fashion, home and children’s industries, will honor three outstanding leaders at its 11th Annual Women of Inspiration Luncheon fundraiser Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at The Pierre Hotel in New York City. The luncheon honorees are Gaye Dean, Marketing Director for Licensing at Target; Tracy Reese, Fashion Designer and Lana Todorovich, President, Women’s Apparel and Accessories – Wholesale at Ralph Lauren.

 

“Our luncheon has become a shining example of what is possible when committed men and women come together for a worthy cause,” said Luncheon Co-Chair Karen Bromley. “The honorees’ professional accomplishments are matched by their commitment to philanthropy and helping others in need. The women being honored harness their power to give back, and inspire others to do the same.”

 

Luncheon tables start at $7,500 and individual tickets will also be available at $300. For additional information please contact Lauren Barnett at Lauren@DonateProduct.comor via phone at 212-279-5343. To purchase tickets or tables for the luncheon, visit bit.ly/2017Luncheon.

 

“The K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers Women of Inspiration Luncheon is an amazing celebration of women, as well as a way to focus on how we support individuals in need through the gift of new product,” said Luncheon Co-Chair Carole Postal. “We come together to acknowledge the honorees’ professional endeavors, and to recognize the impact that new and useful product can make in the lives of millions of people in need each year.” For more information about the luncheon, please visit www.kidsfdluncheon.com

 

Founded over 30 years ago, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that unites retailers, manufacturers, foundations and individuals to support people affected by poverty and tragedy. Donating new merchandise provides companies with a simple and effective way to help people in need. K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers is an extremely efficient charity, with more than 97% of revenue dedicated to its charitable program of distributing apparel, accessories, shoes, home furnishings, toys, books and other useful items. Since 1985, over $1.4 billion of donated products have been distributed through our network of community partners, serving the poor and disadvantaged worldwide

National Hug Day 2017

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In honor of National Hug Day on January 21, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers is partnering with Cuddl Duds for the 3rd annual #CuddlHug campaign to help benefit children and families impacted by poverty and disaster.

On Friday, January 20, Cuddl Duds will kick off the campaign by posting a special #CuddlHug photo on Facebook (www.facebook.com/cuddlduds) and Twitter (@CuddlDuds). From Friday, January 20 through Monday, January 23, for each ‘share’ on Facebook and ‘retweet’ on Twitter of the photo, Cuddl Duds will donate $1.00 to K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers (up to $20,000).

“The Cuddl Duds brand logo features our “Huggie” trademark, which was created to capture the feelings of warmth, comfort, and delight. This feel-good campaign encourages everyone to share the positive benefits of a hug, in addition to helping you feel good, too, by giving back to charity,” said Mark Sandler, president, Komar Layering.

In addition, Cuddl Duds will also pledge to donate one new clothing item to K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers for each order placed on cuddlduds.com from Friday, January 20 through Monday, January 23. K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers will again help to distribute the product, this year specifically to Northside Center for Child Development (www.NCCD.org), a New York City-based nonprofit that provides expert behavioral, mental health, education and enrichment programs to children and families living in poverty.

 

New Director of Product Procurement Joins K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers Team

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Keller stands next to some thank-you art created by the children at Cherry Kids, a community partner of K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers that she recently visited. Cherry Kids is an after school center offering summer programs, dance and music classes in addition to individualized tutoring services; the organization receives donated new product from K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers to support the children in its programs.”

August 11, 2016 (New York, NY) — K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, the charity of choice for new product donations made by companies in the fashion, home and children’s industries, welcomes Merrie Keller as its new Director of Product Procurement as of June 27, 2016. Keller joins K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers with over twenty years of experience as a business development and brand management professional, and extensive knowledge of the fashion and home product industries.

“Merrie will bring leadership and creativity to the work of K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, as well as a deep sense of commitment to helping children, adults and families in need,” says K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers President & CEO Lisa Gurwitch. “She has served companies at a variety of executive and leadership roles related to product development, and brings additional perspective and experience to the organization. The need for donations of useful, new product is enormous – today, one out of every six Americans faces poverty. Merrie will help us fill the gap faced by people in need.”

“I am thrilled to be with an organization that makes such a profound impact in the lives of so many people,” said Keller. “K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers gives me an opportunity to use my product experience for those that simply need a helping hand. I see it not just as a job, but also as a privilege to work with a team of passionate and committed professionals and industry leaders.”

Keller’s career has included the development of strategic brand partnerships, licensing agreements, designer collaborations and retail partnership initiatives, at notable companies like The Beanstalk Group, Matchbook Company, and Perpetual Licensing. As the Director of Product Procurement, her goals are to oversee and expand product donor relations, so that K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers can exceed its goal of $155 million of new apparel, toys, books, home items and other merchandise in 2016. By providing only new product, the people in need also receive the gift of both hope and dignity.

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc. is the charity of choice for new product donations made by hundreds of companies in the fashion, home and children’s industries. Donating new merchandise provides these companies with a simple and effective way to help people in need. Founded over 30 years ago, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that unites retailers, manufacturers, foundations and individuals to support people affected by poverty and tragedy. K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers is an extremely efficient charity, with more than 97% of revenue dedicated to its charitable program of distributing apparel, accessories, shoes, home furnishings, toys, books and other useful items. Since 1985, over $1.4 billion of donated products have been distributed through our network of community partners, serving the poor and disadvantaged worldwide. For more information, please visit www.DonateProduct.com.

Welcome Aboard: New Director of Development

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K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, the charity of choice for new product donations made by companies in the fashion, home and children’s industries, welcomes Ludovic Leroy II as its new Director of Development as of today, March 2016. Leroy joins K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers with over fifteen years of experience as a development professional, with an extensive background in campaign planning and management, as well as trustee and donor relations. For the last two years, he has held the position of Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships and Institutional Support at the esteemed Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers President and CEO Lisa Gurwitch says, “Ludovic brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to K.I.D.S./ Fashion Delivers, and we are incredibly fortunate to have him as part of our team. His talent will help us establish long lasting, innovative partnerships with our supporters so that we can continue to help children, adults and families in need.”

I am thrilled to join the K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers team,” said Ludovic Leroy. “The organization has had a tremendous impact in helping to foster hope and dignity among people in need and I am looking forward to helping build and strengthen relationships that support its efforts.”

Leroy’s fundraising career includes notable successes during his tenure at Pratt, overseeing fundraising from corporations, foundations and government agencies. Leroy’s fundraising career includes notable successes during his tenure at Pratt, overseeing fundraising from corporations, foundations and government agencies. He developed a corporate engagement program that realized a 130% increase in support over two years.  Leroy brings a passion for the creative process within fundraising and an interest in emerging philanthropic trends. He holds a BA from the City College, City University of New York.

Burlington Coat Drive Kickoff 2015

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Burlington2Almost 47 million Americans live in poverty. By necessity, many of these families prioritize food, heat  and shelter above winter clothing. On Monday, November 9th in partnership with Burlington Stores  and ABC’s Good Morning America we kicked off the annual Warm Coats and Warm Hearts Coat Drive. After our on air kick off the  K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers team and Burlington staff members went to local NYC community partner Graham Windham to distribute coats to children and families from the Harlem community.

“We are delighted to join Burlington again on the Warm Coats and Warm Hearts Coat Drive,” said Lisa Gurwitch, president and CEO of K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers. “The partnership allows us to provide desperately needed coats to people nationwide through 300 community charities. The demand for coats is so great, and just one coat can do wonders for someone in need this winter.”

This year’s theme, Kids Helping Those In Need, showcased children who are already making a difference in the lives of families in their communities.  One such  example is Camryn Orticelli, whose toy drive for Hurricane Sandy victims  was her first foray into fundraising was at the tender age of 7.

Camryn recalls the highlight of her day volunteering at the Warm Coats and Warm Hearts Coat Drive was helping a girl her age find a coat. “I got to help one little girl out.  I was checking out the racks before everyone came in and I thought, wow, everything here is so pretty it’s just the kind of stuff me and my friends would buy! She couldn’t really reach the coat on the rack so I pulled down my favorite, a black ski jacket with pink scarf, and it fit her!  She smiled a lot, and I think that she liked that a friend instead of an adult picked it out. My friends are all wanting to pitch in and help with my coat drive! ”

 

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To learn more about our other Kids Give Back Crew ambassadors click here  http://www.donateproduct.com/kids-give-back/

For more information and to find a list of participating Burlington stores visit http://www.burlingtoncoatfactory.com/StoreLocator.aspx

Follow the coat drive activity on Good Morning America’s website, http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/fullpage/warm-coats-warm-hearts-coat-drive-34507397

 

Meet Our Honoree: Dow Famulak

Dow Famulak hiresK.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, marking its 30th anniversary of receiving new product donations from the fashion, home and children’s industries, will honor two industry leaders and a charitable foundation at its annual gala fundraiser Wednesday, November 4, 2015, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers is the charity of choice for new product donations made by hundreds of companies in the fashion, home and children’s industries. Donating new merchandise provides these companies with a simple and effective way to help people in need.

This year the charity’s annual gala recognizes the support of Dow Famulak of Global Brands Group. Dow Famulak has been president and an executive director of the Global Brands Group since the company was originally listed in July 2014, taking on the role of Chief Operating Officer in July 2015 in addition to his current responsibilities for managing the Group’s business operations globally. In 2000, he joined Li & Fung Group and assumed various senior management roles at the operating groups of Li & Fung Limited until April 2014. Dow previously served as the  chief operating officer of Colby International Limited. Prior to his appointment at Colby, Dow was a partner in the law firm of Baker & McKenzie, Hong Kong. Dow and his wife, Angelique, feels strongly about helping children and causes that focus on family, health or education. They are long term supporters of Room To Read in Asia where they have worked to help boost literacy and gender equality in access to education. They have helped build libraries and funded scholarships for girls in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.  Since moving to New York, they have become very involved with the Komansky Center for Children’s Health at NY Presbyterian Weill Cornell Hospital as well as with Baby Buggy. Given his  involvement in the community and philanthropic  initiatives, Famulak is the perfect candidate to be honored at this year’s Annual  Gala.

  1. What is your job title and office location? President & COO, Global Brands Group (GBG), Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Avenue, New York NY
  1. What is your hometown?  Melville, Saskatchewan, Canada
  1. What is your Alma mater? The University of British Columbia, B.A. (Honors) and The University of Saskatchewan, L.L.B.
  1. What is the thing you love most about your job? People. I get to work every day with incredibly talented people. This honor I’ll be getting on November 4th is really all about, and should be given to, all of the people working at Global Brands Group.
  1. We’d like to hear an example of a “Human Investment” in your life. Have you provided support to someone or invested in a person? Was there a time when someone invested in or supported you! Tell us about a relationship that has paid big dividends. I have been fortunate to work with a lot of people, but the person who has invested in me and continues to do so is our CEO, Bruce Rockowitz. Without Bruce, I would still likely be a lawyer in a big law firm. With his support, I am the President and COO of an amazing company in the fashion business. I couldn’t be happier or more grateful. I invest in people in our business every day. They are our most important and only real assets.
  1. What is one key lesson you have learned in your career that you would share with a young man or woman? The one lesson I really learned early on from a former boss, Allan Zeman, was, “Make a decision. If it’s not right, we can fix it, but if you don’t make a decision, the decision makes you.”
  1. In your opinion, what is the most important thing about the work that K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers does?  As a parent, the thing that is most important to me is that I look after my kids and provide as much as I can for them. I am fortunate enough to be in a position where I can provide and create a solid foundation for my  children. However, there are millions of parents who through misfortune are not as lucky and may struggle to provide for their children. The work that K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers does to assist those parents is critical in  today’s world. No parent wants to feel they cannot support or provide necessities for their children.
  1. What is your favorite cause and why? I really don’t have one favorite cause, but all of the causes I do support focuson children. The three that really come to mind are Room to Read, Ronald McDonald House, and the pediatric hospital at New York-Presbyterian. Room to Read’s founder John Wood is an inspiration and does an amazing job building schools and educating kids in Third World countries. The “home away from home” and overall support that Ronald McDonald House provides for families affected by pediatric cancer is wonderful and gives them a sense of hope as they fight together. My wife, Angelique, sits on the committee at NY-Presbyterian and the work the hospital does for the children and their families is inspiring.
  1. What has been your most memorable experience related to charity?  My daughter’s eight-year-old friend has cancer that thankfully she is beating. My wife and I participated in a charity spin day to raise money for pediatric cancer research. The parents and families at that event who had children fighting cancer or who had lost their battle became heroes to us. I walked away that day very humbled and more determined than ever to do whatever I could to make kids smile in the face of very difficult situations.
  1. Why do you think it is important for brands or individuals to give back to society? All of us are one accident or one diagnosis away from being in a very bad situation. My family and I are so grateful for what we have and feel we should do what we can to help those who in need. A society that supports less fortunate people is one I want to live in.

4 Stars on Charity Navigator

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We are happy to announce our 9th consecutive 4-star ranking  with  Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent charity evaluator. Charity Navigator, which helps inform intelligent giving decisions through objective ratings and in-depth analysis of U.S. charities, based the 4 -star ranking on a series of criteria that includes exceptional financial management, operational complexity, and  reach.

“Charitable givers should feel confident that these national institutions put their donations to good use,” according Charity Navigator on its website.

K.I.D.S|Fashion Delivers ranking is based on the organization’s Charity Navigator score of  91.96 percent, which accounts for financial performance, transparency, and accountability.

Helping Nepal

It has been more than two weeks since the 7.8 magnitude earthquake shattered the lives of the people of Nepal. While more than 7,000 people are confirmed dead, others are working on attempting to put the pieces of their lives back together. Since the news of the Nepal crisis the K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers  team has been working with our network of international charities to determine what products are needed to aid in this crisis. As first responders continue the search and recovery work, limited opportunities are opening up to provide those affected by the earthquake with useful necessities beyond medical or search and rescue supplies.

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Currently we are flying donations of tents and blankets, to Nepal and preparing to send other necessities like towels, apparel, infant goods and much more. Thank you to our donors Eddie BauerMamiye Brothers, Aden+Anais  and Gerber Childrenswear, as well as our partners Operation Compassion and Afya Foundation. The cargo going by ship will also include 10,000 pairs of children’s shoes donated by BOBS from Skechers.  The supplies will arrive in four to six weeks to help the survivors try to rebuild their lives.

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As more rubble is cleared and transitional housing is established, we will be sending additional products needed by the survivors in Nepal, many of whom have lost everything.  There has been a great outpouring of charity by so many people and companies, and we are reaching out to the manufacturers and retailers that can provide the most-needed product.

Companies with product to donate can go online at: http://bit.ly/KIDSFDproductdonation.

 

Individuals can also play a role in supporting the efforts of K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers  and our product donors by making cash donations to help defray the cost of shipping donated product to Nepal.

Individuals who wish to help can go online at: http://bit.ly/KIDSFDNepalcashdonation.

We will keep you updated about our efforts to help the Nepal earthquake victims as the circumstances change and new needs must be met. Thank you for your support!

“As global citizens, the children’s, fashion & home industries always take the time to lend a helping hand to those in need during a time of crisis. Thank you again to our donors, as well as our partners for working with us to help the individuals and families affected by the earthquake.”

Lisa Gurwitch  President & CEO of K.I.D.S. / Fashion Delivers

H&M GIVES BACK WITH “BUY HOME, GIVE HOME”

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H&M PARTNERS WITH HOMEPOLISH TO DESIGN INTERIOR OF SXSW AIRBNB HOUSE

TO GIVE AWAY ACCOMMODATIONS FOR SIX LUCKY WINNERS

H&M CONTINUES TO GIVE BACK BY DONATING $300,000 IN H&M HOME PRODUCT

March 9, 2015- H&M is thrilled to announce a partnership with Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, and interior design start up Homepolish. H&M will open the doors to their first house outfitted entirely in H&M Home product, giving six lucky winners a free place to stay in Austin, Texas for the South by Southwest® Conferences and Festivals. The H&M Home, situated at the heart of the SXSW action, was decorated in collaboration with Homepolish, a non-traditional interior design firm bringing the luxury of a personal interior designer for every budget. Each room was carefully curated with a unique theme in mind, all capturing the laid back essence of classic Austin style. In celebration, the giving continues with “Buy Home, Give Home” in which $300,000 worth of H&M Home product will be donated to those in need through the national charity K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers.

Fans will be able to tell H&M why they deserve to stay in one of the three bedrooms at the newly renovated Airbnb residence. The listing and contest will go live on airbnb.com beginning at 2pm CDT on March 9th for just thirty-three hours, where three entries will be chosen for the Interactive portion of the festival, and will resume at 9am CDT on March 13th for just thirty-six hours, where three additional entries will be chosen for the Music portion of the festival. The six lucky winners, along with a guest, will each win the opportunity of a lifetime – a free, five-night stay in the SXSW Airbnb H&M Home.

To celebrate and continue with the spirit of giving, H&M Home is helping to improve the lives of those who need it most through its new partnership with K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers. To kick off the annual alliance, the global retailer has donated H&M Home product worth $300,000. K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers will distribute the brand new pieces to families, adults, and children in need through community non-profit partners. The public is invited to support this effort with online cash donations to K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers at www.DonateProduct.com/HMGivesBack.

H&M Home is a range of the retailers’ fashion assortments, combining interiors and design with a broad range of textile and décor offerings suitable for every taste. H&M Home was launched in the United States in August 2013 on hm.com. Since, H&M Home has expanded into select stores across the country, making it easy for customers to update their home with the latest décor styles at an affordable price.

To view the Airbnb H&M Home listing, please visit the links below:

The Texan Suite  The Azul Abode  The Hud Room

To shop H&M Home, please visit Here.

For more information about Homepolish, please visit Here.

Responding to the Massive Residential Fire in Edgewater, New Jersey

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On Wednesday, January 21st, a massive fire in Edgewater, New Jersey destroyed half of the apartments in a 408-unit complex, permanently displacing about 500 people who lived there, and temporarily forcing the evacuation of another 500 people who lived nearby.  Thankfully, there were no casualties; sadly, there are now many families who are stranded with nothing but the clothes on their backs. 

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers immediately responded to this disaster, getting in touch with the Town of Secaucus Municipal Government Center, a network community partner on the ground who provided us with a list of types of items that were most requested.  As you can imagine, warm coats and other cold-weather apparel was at the top of the list.   Blankets, pillows, undergarments, footwear, baby product were also needed badly. 

We turned to our very generous retail donor partners, and were able to quickly procure and provide these families with these much-needed items.  Overjoyed to be alive, daunted by what lies ahead, especially for those who lost everything that they had to leave behind, these families will face many challenges in the new year. 

Since 1985, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers’ mission has been to provide hope to children, families and individuals facing daily challenges and recovering from disasters. 

We would like to thank the companies listed below for helping us help them so quickly. 

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If you would like to donate new product to continue our mission to help these families, please click here.

If you would like to donate funds, which we will match on a 10:1 ratio in brand new product, please click here.