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Denver Health Foundation

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cliff-and-diane-lesser-with-baby-aliceThe Denver Health Foundation is a non-profit corporation that supports the Denver Health Medical Center’s services for families in the Denver and Rocky Mountain region. “People don’t immediately think of Denver, Colorado as a place where impoverished conditions exist,” says Robin Engleberg, the foundation’s program manager. However, the harsh reality is approximately 85% of the children and families The Denver Health Foundation serve live below the federal poverty line.

Approximately 4,000 infants are born each year at the center, and the provision of essentials to the families has become a vital part of the programs efforts. The Denver Health Foundation has been a part of the K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers community partner program since 2009. “Our partnership with K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers has been instrumental in our ability to create our ‘Warm Welcome Bags’ filled with essential items such as baby clothes, bibs and blankets,” says Robin.

Since becoming a part of our Funded Agency Program, the Denver Health Foundation has been able to expand the scope of their programs offered by creating special distributions for families, such as the recent “Christmas in July” giveaway that included new Toys “R” Us and Gerber Childrenswear, as well as essential items like summer dresses, pajamas, swim trunks, running suits and much more.Pictured is our dedicated volunteer, Cliff Lesser, who took a day during his recent visit to the Denver area to see first-hand how new product can make a profound impact in the lives of those who need it. Cliff spent the day volunteering at the Denver Health Foundation, unpacking apparel and visiting families who are a part of the program.

Help Victims of Hurricane Matthew Today!

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unnamed-5In late September Hurricane Matthew caused destruction from parts of the Caribbean to south eastern parts of the United States. What started as a small tropical storm quickly grew into a category 4 hurricane taking the lives of over 1,000 people. We are working with our disaster response partners and local agencies to see how we can best support people impacted in the Caribbean and the U.S. by Hurricane Matthew.

  • Hurricane Matthew has left thousands of people and families displaced and in need of essential items to rebuild their lives during the upcoming months.
  • New product donated by the fashion, home and children’s industries will go far in helping people in need.
  • Individuals and families affected by the hurricane  can use men’s, women’s and children’s apparel – especially shoes, socks and underwear. Towels, sheets, blankets, comforters, pillows and home items are also needed. 
If you have any of the necessary products, or know a company that does, please contact Carla Fattal at Carla@donateproduct.com or 646-362-9088.
For our product donation form, please click here:
To donate money to help transport the product please click here:

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Product and funds raised for this disaster relief effort will be used first for victims of Hurricane Matthew. Any excess resources will be used in our ongoing poverty relief programs nationwide.

 

 

K.I.D.S./FASHION DELIVERS NAMES HONOREES FOR ANNUAL GALA NOVEMBER 9, 2016 IN NYC

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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, will honor two industry leaders at its annual gala fundraiser Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at the prestigious American Museum of Natural History in New York City. This year, the charity’s annual gala recognizes the support of Richard Barry, Executive Vice President, Global Chief Merchandising Officer at Toys“R”Us, Inc. and Marc Heller, President of CIT Commercial Services and K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers Executive Board Member.

 

The honorees’ commitment to K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers over the years has impacted millions of children, families and individuals in need, both nationally and internationally. In addition to the two honorees, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers is also recognizing three top product donors, highlighting their contributions to the organization and how they have helped improve the lives of millions of people in need every year. Together, Global Brands Group, PVH Corp., and Skechers USA have given K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers over $113 million in useful, new product.

 

“Every year, it is an honor to come together to support K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers with leaders in the fashion, home, and children’s industries,” said Gala Co-Chairman Rick Darling of Li & Fung Trading, Inc. “K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers makes a profound impact in the lives of those challenged by poverty and natural disasters.”

 

“The K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers gala is an amazing celebration that helps support people in need.” said Gala Co-Chairman Howard Kahn of Kahn Lucas. “This year, we have the pleasure of also honoring top product donors who provide new product for people challenged by poverty, who would otherwise have to make hard choices between food, housing or new clothes.”

 

This year’s gala highlights the theme of #DeliveringGood, and the need for new product is immensely important – today one out of every six Americans face poverty. Throughout the year, our product donors help us provide hope, dignity and self-esteem to people in need. Gala tables start at $15,000, and a limited number of individual tickets will be available at $1,500. There are also several special opportunities for corporate or brand sponsorship at the gala; for additional information please contact Lauren Barnett at Lauren@DonateProduct.com or via phone at 212-279-5343 To learn more about the gala, visit www.KIDSFDGALA.com.

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.

H&M Debuts Buy Home, Give Home Campaign with K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers

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H&M’s Buy Home, Give Home campaign, launching today, will allow customers to give back with home purchases made at U.S. H&M locations carrying the line and through hm.com. For every H&M Home item purchased between August 4th and August 18th, the retailer will donate an item to families in need, up to $165,000 worth of household product. The donation is made to H&M’s non-profit partner K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, a charity that provides new merchandise to at-risk children, families, and individuals through a network of 1000+ U.S. community partners, offering hope, dignity,and self-esteem.

 

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“Families in need have limited budgets that usually must be spent on essential items like food, rent or clothes. These donated items will allow them to add some touches of flair and personality to their homes, without having to choose between daily needs and a little comforting style,” says Lisa Gurwitch, President and CEO of K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers.

Key home items in-store and online now include great décor essentials that are perfect for the dorm and beyond! Bedding available includes various colors of fitted sheets for single and double beds in 100% cotton or linen and velvet cushion covers. Woven cotton body and hand towel sets make for soft bathroom necessities and decorative items such as picture frames, mirrors, rugs, and storage items are cozy finishing touches to any living space. The collection ranges in price from $5.99 to $79.99.

In conjunction with the campaign, H&M will be offering a 20% in-store student discount on all home items with the presentation of a valid student ID card. Additional details on the Buy Home, Give Home campaign can be found at www.hm.com/us/.

Anyone wishing to help with cash donations to K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers can do so online at www.DonateProduct.com/HMgivesback.

 

 

Stacy Brungardt: An Inspiring Woman

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L to R) K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers President & CEO Lisa Gurwitch; Stacy Brungardt; Kamileon’s Kloset Professional Development, Founder and CEO Kamila Brown Washington; and Regal Lager Vice President & CFO Luanne Whiting-Lager.

Stacy was a mother by age 16 and grandmother by 30; she had an 8th grade education, a drug habit and was in an abusive relationship for 20 years. At age 40, she had no hope left, “I was ready for God to show me something positive in this life, or take me home.” A backpack giveaway for her grandkids brought her to the Cumberland Community Church, and what would be the beginning of her new life.

 

At K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers we hear many amazing stories from community partners about clients turning their lives around and becoming successful. But recently, we visited Kamileon’s Kloset Professional Development, Inc. in Smyrna, GA, and met a truly inspiring woman, former client Stacy Brungardt who has overcome incredible adversity and is now helping others do the same. Kamileon’s Kloset Professional Development, Inc. prepares disadvantaged men and women as they seek employment and improvement in their lives, and K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers provides new work and career apparel for their clients.

 

“Kamileon’s Kloset has helped Stacy and so many others,” said the founder and CEO, Kamila Brown Washington. “Seventy-six percent of clients from our program receive job offers and 78% retain employment after one year. The donated new clothes inspire hope and enhance dignity through a greatly improved personal presentation. For the client, it becomes all about you; you get to select the clothes you like and the volunteers make sure that your choices present you in the best possible way.”

 

The charity has men’s and women’s showrooms where clients are provided with professional attire, and workshops for image makeovers and life coaching. The program increases the employment potential of a client, while also affirming the dignity of each individual. To state it simply: the mission of Kamileon’s Kloset is to take the holistic approach towards transforming lives.

 

After participating in the Kamileon’s Kloset Professional Development program and realizing her potential, Stacy formed a cleaning company, hiring other women trying to change their lives. “This program taught me that I had a knack for helping others transition out of generational poverty,” said Brungardt. She completed her G.E.D. and continued on to college, and now has a master’s degree.

 

Today, Stacy is a Program Director and Community Development Coordinator at a local social service agency, The Collective at Cumberland. The Collective helps clients reduce dependence on handouts and increase access to services, and provides training, education and counseling. The program also works with the local Cobb County drug courts to help others turn their lives around.

 

“I was truly moved by Stacy’s personal and professional journey,” said K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers President & CEO Lisa Gurwitch. “It was inspiring to see how she seized opportunities for growth and for giving back to the community, and how our support of Kamileon’s Kloset played a role.”

 

Luanne Whiting-Lager of the juvenile product company Regal Lager, Inc. was honored at the K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers Women of Inspiration on June 7, 2016 in New York City. As part of Luanne’s preparation for the event, she toured Kamileon’s Kloset and met with Stacy and Kamila. “Stacy’s experience taught her that it takes hard work to make changes in your own world, and you must apply yourself to that goal in order to succeed,” said Whiting-Lager. “The Kamileon’s Kloset Professional Development program gives clients the opportunity to strive for confidence. It’s a luxury to have a choice of new clothing items and training. It’s an immeasurable benefit when you are facing so many hardships.”

 

“Before Kamileon’s Kloset, my clothes were sweatpants, shorts and casualwear,” said Brungardt. “The program gave me a variety of clothes that said to me, ‘I’m just as good as someone else, and I can do this.’ To have a wide selection and be able to make my own choices is dignity personified! The donated new clothes from K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers and the training I’ve received are really perpetual gifts, because they help make it possible for the next generations of my family to have a better chance at success.”

 

You can listen to Luanne Whiting Lager’s luncheon remarks about Stacy and her visit to Kamileon’s Kloset at https://youtu.be/O0GpbJHgKiQ.

Meet Our Honoree: Louise Camuto

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LC_KIDS-211x300Louise Camuto is the Chief Creative Officer of Camuto Group, a company that designs, develops and distributes fashion footwear and lifestyle products. As the Chief Creative Officer Louise oversees the design direction for the Camuto Group across more than 35 categories. She is an avid philanthropist with a special interest in charities that benefit women, children, and families, including the Two Ten Foundation, Ronald McDonald House and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

  1. What is your job title and office location?  Chief Creative Officer & President of Marketing, Camuto Group
    1. What is your hometown?Sweden
      1. What is your Alma mater? New York School of Interior Design
      2. Name one woman who inspires you and explain why? “My mother – she worked full-time as an entrepreneur, including weekends and holidays, and always managed to balance work and family gracefully. Her strength, beauty, style and warmth inspire me every day.”
        1. What does it mean to you to be named a woman of inspiration? “I am deeply touched to be named a woman of inspiration.  Women must overcome many obstacles in business and we make these achievements by supporting each other and working together. I am where I am today because I am always reminded of my mother’s strengths and those of the women around me who inspire me each day. If I can inspire even one woman, through the course of my own journey, that is truly a great honor”
        2. With all of your philanthropic endeavors, what is one lesson you have learned that you would want to share with others? “Commit to causes that you are most passionate about. There are many important philanthropic opportunities and they are all deserving.  In order to really make a difference, you should find those causes that are nearest to your heart and stay consistently involved in the community, education, and activity. The more informed you are the more effective you can be as a voice for awareness”What motivates you to support K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers mission of delivering brand new essentials to help people in need?
        3. What motivates you to support K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers mission of delivering brand new essentials to help people in need?  “K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers unites the industry and provides products directly to children, adults and families nationwide when and where it’s needed most. I am honored to be part of such an important organization.”
        4. What has been a major industry change that has surprised you during your career? “The impact of social media has completely changed the landscape of brand marketing, as well as the consumer’s discovery process. Social media continues to evolve and its power and growth is incredible.”

Meet Our Honoree: Claudia Stern

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cd5af655-bf22-4d18-a2a6-d6cfbd29b0fdWith over 20 years experience Claudia Stern is nationally recognized for her business and buying acumen. With her overall extensive knowledge of the intimate apparel industry, Claudia is the sole intimate apparel buyer for Gabriel Brother’s an off-price fashion based retailer based in Morgantown, West Virginia. Claudia’s passion for the retail industry led her to mentor many young merchants, helping the to create successful retail careers under her guidance. Claudia’s grandfather started the Herbert E. Stern Foundation, which Claudia oversees with her family. The Foundation was established for dedicating funds to support many health initiatives and the arts. Stern is the perfect candidate to be honored at this year’s 10th Annual Women of Inspiration luncheon given her passion for philanthropic initiatives and remarkable career within retail.

  • What is your job title and office location? Buyer of Intimate Apparel for Gabriel Brothers. 1350 Broadway, Room 1901, NY, NY 10018. Main Company Office: 55 Scott Avenue, Morgantown, WV 26508
    • What is your hometown?   Glen Cove, New York
  • What is your Alma mater? Lehigh University
  • Name one woman who inspires you and explain why?  Anne Frank. As the first generation of Holocaust-surviving parents, Anne’s courage to stay alive despite her ultimate death in a concentration camp reminds me how fortunate and lucky both my parents and their families were during and after the war.
  • What does it mean to you to be named a woman of inspiration?  This honor has bestowed on me a renewed desire to give of myself to those who are less fortunate.
  • With all of your philanthropic endeavors, what is one lesson you have learned that you would want to share with others? When I truly visualize what others in need are going through, the sense of urgency to help is much greater.
  • What motivates you to support K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers mission of delivering brand new essentials to help people in need? As a veteran in the Intimate Apparel Industry, I am excited about acquiring donations of foundations and sleepwear from many vendors and manufacturers to be distributed to those in need.
  • What has been a major industry change that has surprised you during your career? As a buyer for an Off Price Retailer, I think the biggest surprise is how much more branded and licensed product is available to me at great prices in today’s market climate than in previous years.

 

 

NYDJ & K.I.D.S./ Fashion Delivers- Fit To Be Powerful

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NYDJ, the brand that is synonymous with women’s denim, has partnered with  K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers to encourage women who are working to improve their lives. During the month of  February, NYDJ will donate an item of clothing for every pair of denim sold on NYDJ.com to help women in need and celebrate the launch of their  “Fit to Be” campaign.  The “Fit to Be” campaign celebrates NYDJ’s signature Original Slimming Fit with a diverse and multigenerational cast, highlighting strength and beauty of women of all ages and all sizes.

The campaign’s cast,starring age-defying supermodel Christie Brinkley, body activist Ashley Graham, model and TV personality Lana Ogilvie and “Blue Bloods” actress Bridget Moynahan, convey the beautiful confidence that comes from hard work and finding a truly perfect fitting pair of jeans. This approach underlines NYDJ’s commitment to empowering women with a fit that transforms inside and out, helping women seize their destinies with sureness and style.

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NYDJ is proud to partner with K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to donating new merchandise to support those affected by poverty and disaster.  “We are very pleased to have NYDJ support the K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers mission of helping people in need with donated new product.  The donations of NYDJ apparel will be directed to our community partners that help empower and rebuild the lives of women.”  says Lisa Gurwitch President & CEO of K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers.

Please visit NYDJ.com throughout February and make a purchase to help a woman in need and support K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers’ mission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Give the Gift of a Fresh Start

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Give Dignity, Give Hope. 

 

Today is the perfect time to pause from holiday shopping and planning and think about those among us who are less fortunate – children, adults and families in distress and in need of assistance. 

 

This holiday season – and throughout the year – I visit children and families in need. When they receive new clothing, home goods, books, shoes, and other essentials they do not have, eyes light up, and smiles appear.

 

The need is real, immense and growing. You can make a difference! Your support of K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers will provide not only new essential products, but also hope and self-respect, and optimism for their future.

 

Nearly 30 years ago, I helped to establish K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers with several others.  Based on my own experiences as a child who grew up in the foster care system for several years – I know we all need help sometimes, and that our communities are stronger when we each step up and assist.  These memories continue to motivate me, and I ask you to join me in this journey by supporting K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers.

 

Help us deliver more hope and smiles this holiday season and for the year to come.  Thank you for your support, and best wishes for a joyous and peaceful holiday season.

Karen Bromley

Principal, The Bromley Group,

And Board Member, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers