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Jubilant Generosity: Jubilee Jam donates $420,000 in toys to children in need in Atlanta through K.I.D.S.

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What parent wouldn’t be thrilled to see their child holding these super-cute characters? Soon, parents in Atlanta will be welcoming “Angel Pies” like Hannah Banana and “Handy Heroes” like Grandy thanks to the generous donation of Ellen Love, founder of Jubilee Jam, the children’s products and virtual play experience. Last month, Love donated $420,000 worth of the Jubilee Jam characters for K.I.D.S. to distribute through an Atlanta-based community partner to children in need bound to have big smiles on their faces when they meet Hannah Banana, Grandy and their friends.

Jubilee Jam founder Ellen Love

Jubilee Jam founder Ellen Love

“Jubilee Jam is an aspirational brand of toys, books, and a virtual playground that engages the heart of the child with great entertainment, adventure and self-discovery,” said Ellen Love. “With that discovery we encourage sharing our unique gifts and talents with others. Nothing demonstrated this more than making donations to children in need”

Jubilee Jam characters are featured in the books Jubliee Jam, A Not Too Distant Land and Itchy Wants to Fly. The Angel Pies and Handy Heroes live with the Queen Bee, Nissi, in the magical town in the stars known as Jubilee Jam. They all help make a special jam for girls and boy that makes them “sweeter, stronger, smarter and braver” and inspires them to go on adventures and look for lost treasure in the virtual playground found at www.jubileejam.net.

We thank Ellen for giving children living in challenging conditions the opportunity to explore the fantasy land of Jubilee Jam and experience jubilation playing with these toys.

For more information about Jubilee Jam, contact Ellen Love at ellen@jubileejam.net

Donor Dialog: Real Estate Entrepreneur Mayer Dahan Discusses the Importance of Giving Back as Poverty Grows in America.

In the first installment of our new series of Q&A sessions with individual donors, K.I.D.S. gets to know Mayer Dahan, a Los Angeles-based real estate developer with a passion for philanthropy.

Mayer Dahan

Mayer Dahan

How did you learn about Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.)?

I’ve always liked the idea of helping people and standing up for the less fortunate. I started to entertain the possibility of establishing my own foundation, and I began researching for those charities that gave back the most. I wholeheartedly believe that any charity should decrease their expenses as much as possible in order for them to even qualify as a charity in the first place.

I eventually came across K.I.D.S. and I was genuinely surprised that only 3% of their donations are used for overhead expenses. I was also drawn to their passion for helping while not being overly concerned with self­-serving endeavors. The powerful message that K.I.D.S. conveys globally, of caring for and improving the lives of children, is one that I want to be a part of.

Name a business leader you admire.

There are so many incredible business leaders that I admire, but the one that stands out is Mr. Haim Saban, the creator of the Power Rangers. Growing up in the ‘90s, I looked up to the Power Rangers: they were these everyday teenagers who morphed into extraordinary people. I never dreamed I would actually get to meet the man who created them.

I was at a Fourth of July party a few years ago, and I ended up at Mr. Saban’s Malibu home. We spoke briefly, and I was astounded by how much heart, passion, and dedication he has for his business endeavors and contributions to the world and the city he loves. I firmly believe in the importance of setting a precedent as a leader to ensure our youth grow and mature into successful leaders themselves.

It was an honor to meet someone who has done so much for the community, especially his Saban Free Clinic near Los Angeles. Haim Saban and I had a similar upbringing from humble beginnings, and he never forgot where he came from. To me, this is what true success stories are made of. Success is nothing without giving back to the community.

Was there a personal possession or toy that made a significant impact on you when you were a child?

My parents are first generation immigrants. They were so focused on our survival that many ordinary things, like toys, fell by the wayside. It’s expensive to move your family to a new city, and the language barrier created a whole new set of problems.

I was given a LEGO set and it’s funny how those small, colorful blocks changed my life. LEGOs allowed me to communicate with my parents in powerful ways, like some sort of connective tissue. They gave me a sense of expression, accomplishment, and allowed my creative mind to challenge itself by building structures and solving endless puzzles.

Looking back, I’m sure my parents were just happy I stayed out of trouble. But as a child, I saw amazing things and felt how accessible they could be. Who would have thought that something as simple as playing with blocks could instill the passion to build dream homes for families in need? I have, single­handedly, been able to bring my Lego structures to life.

What do you think is the most pressing social issue America is facing right now?

The most pressing issue in America is poverty. Much of the American community has the misconception that poverty exists only in developing or Third World countries. In reality, it exists much closer than we think. Our community, myself included, can become so consumed with our day-­to-­day lives that we disregard the fact that the majority of the United States lives paycheck­-to-­paycheck.

About 23% of children live in poverty and nearly 16 million children do not live in households with adequate food supply. Children who grow up in such poor conditions suffer socially, psychologically, and more importantly, educationally. Education is vital for a child’s growth and development, especially in our current fast­-paced society. If children don’t get the proper nourishment for their bodies and minds, they will be less likely to excel in their adult lives. I strongly believe that in order to properly invest in our future, we must invest in today’s children.

As a donor, how has the work that K.I.D.S. does inspired you?

K.I.D.S. has educated me on the hardships that children constantly face and how much work we have yet to do. I’m inspired by K.I.D.S. to donate my time and effort to provide opportunities for growth and success to children in need. I have witnessed too many families who have lost their homes, and I am dedicated to building affordable housing in the near future. Happy and beautiful homes shouldn’t be out of reach for families without millions to spend. Maybe I’ll even put a LEGO set in each unit. You never know how something small might ignite a spark that changes lives.

To learn more about Mayer Dahan and his work, visit www.mayerdahan.com

 

Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) Appoints Denise Durham Williams President and CEO

Denise Durham Williams

Denise Durham Williams

Kevin M. Burke, Chairman of Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) and President and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association, announced that Denise Durham Williams has joined the global children’s charity as President and CEO.

“Denise has a strong track record as a leader in social service to families in need,” said Burke.  She also brings a business acumen developed in the corporate sector that will be an asset to K.I.D.S. as we grow our impact in helping children living in challenging circumstances throughout the world,” said Burke.

“I am thrilled to be joining K.I.D.S. and look forward to working with its talented team to further the organization’s mission to enhance the lives of needy children in meaningful ways,” said Ms. Williams. “K.I.D.S. has a wonderful legacy that speaks to my heart and I intend to build on its successful track record in exciting new ways as families struggle with economic hardship in record numbers.”

Most recently, Denise Durham Williams served as Executive Director of One Family, Inc., in Boston, MA.  For four years, she led the organization in its mission and advocacy work to end family homelessness in Massachusetts.   Prior to joining One Family, Ms. Williams was a Managing Director of the Global Consumer Group at CITIGROUP in New York, NY, where she developed diversity strategies, championed cross-functional human resources initiatives and regional leadership and professional development programs.  Prior to that appointment, Ms. Williams served as Citibank’s Senior Vice President and National Director of Community Relations where she successfully launched innovative community programs throughout the United States. Williams also worked in a variety of senior level positions for more than 20 years at JP Morgan Chase and former Chemical Bank.  Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Tufts University in Medford, MA.

 

Glamourmom Celebrates National Breastfeeding Awareness Month with Buy One, Give One donation program benefiting Moms in Need through K.I.D.S.

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Did you know that August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month?

Well, Glamourmom, a New York-based modern nursing apparel company, is marking the event with a charitable program that will help K.I.D.S. provide new mothers in need with free nursing garments.  Glamourmom continues their donation program to support breastfeeding moms in need by sponsoring a Buy One, Give One donation program to support breastfeeding during National Breastfeeding Awareness Month. Glamourmom will match any product purchase at www.glamourmom.com and www.glamourmom.co.uk by donating a nursing bra tank to moms and babies in need through K.I.D.S., which will distribute the nursing tanks through our network of social service agencies nationwide to assist moms and babies in need. The Buy One, Give One program will run until August 31st, 2013.

Breastmilk is organic and a highly nutritious food for babies. Breastmilk contains nutrients and antibodies that help protect babies from various illness, diseases, and even Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Breastmilk can also help babies’ immune systems and protect against diarrhea and acute respiratory infections. Breastfeeding also provides short and long-term health benefits for mothers such as reduced risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer and reduced risk of osteoporosis. By participating in the Buy One, Give One donation, mothers will be supplied with an essential nursing top that can help prolong breastfeeding.

Glamourmom founder Line Rothman

Glamourmom founder Line Rothman

Glamourmom is the revolutionary company who introduced the original Built-in Nursing Bra Tanks and Tops for today’s trend-setting moms. The idea for Glamourmom, a line of tank tops, slip dresses, bathing suits, shapewear and sleepwear that feature a patented built-in nursing bra, arose after the birth of the founder Line Rothman’s first child some twelve years ago. Frustrated by the lack of fashionable nursing bras, tops and nursing wear in the market, Line set out to create a collection of essential pieces for the new mom. Glamourmom Nursing Bra Tanks and Nursing Bra Tops are available in a variety of options to accommodate all body types and come in an array of trendy and tasteful colors, lengths, trims and fashionable lace accents.

“The Glamourmom product line has become a staple wardrobe item for many new moms,” said Line Rothman, Inventor and Founder of Glamourmom. “Glamourmom is constantly developing new solutions and strives to make every new mother feel fashionable and comfortable while breastfeeding and we are very happy to help new moms in need – every mom should be a Glamourmom.”

The difference between Glamourmom’s products and its competitors is its patented technology, innovation behind the brand, and the many style options within the concept. The brand originated with the built-in nursing bra design and has evolved into a brand that supports an active lifestyle for both the new and expectant moms. Glamourmom products are more than just fashion, they offer women value through innovation, quality and style. Glamourmom products are available in over 650 specialty boutiques worldwide. Please visit www.glamourmom.com and www.glamourmom.co.uk for more information. You can also find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/GlamourmomTanks and Twitter @GlamourmomTanks.

We at K.I.D.S. extend a big thanks to Line Rothman for her generosity and continued support for mothers in need. This program complements our diaper donation and SIDS prevention initiatives very well and we are extremely grateful for Glamourmom’s support.