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Squishables Teams up with K.I.D.S. to Launch Holiday Stuffed Animal Buy-One-Give-One Campaign to Help Children in Need


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The popular stuffed animal company Squishable and non-profit organization Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) have teamed up to bring holiday hugs to children in need, with the help of some round, fuzzy and lovable stuffed animals. For every Mini Baby Dolphin (http://cud.li/squishdolphin) purchased during this holiday season, Squishable will be donating a similar stuffed animal to a child in need through K.I.D.S. (http://cud.li/givecuddles).

The Buy-One-Give-One (BOGO) Mini Baby Dolphin campaign is a continuation of the kick-off that took place on Squishable’s entire website on Black Friday, where every single purchase of a Squishable led to a Squishable donation. The 2013 campaign has so far led to the donation of over 1,200 stuffed animals to children dealing with hardships such as poverty, disasters, and parents in military service this holiday season. The Mini Baby Dolphin BOGO will continue until the end of this year.

Squishable BOGO started in 2012, when fans requested that Squishable donate stuffed animals to help out families affected by Hurricane Sandy. In total Squishable donated 2,682 Squishables in 2012. This year Squishable will continue its partnership with K.I.D.S.—an award-winning nonprofit that is recognized by the Better Business Bureau, Charity Navigator, and Forbes as one of the highest ranked and most efficient charities in America. Squishable is optimistic that the total number of donations this year will exceed the previous number.

Baby Dolphin designer Kendra Wells, whose instructions were to make the charity-intended Mini “insanely cute,” hopes that this Squishable, in conjunction with the charitable spirit of Buy-One-Give-One will “trigger warm fuzzies that will make it hard to resist helping someone out. It’s baby blue. It’s round. It’s fuzzy. It’s huggable. And it’s smiling! I think it’s going to be great.” Early results call for optimism, especially since some purchasers are specifically requesting that both their “buy one” and their “give one” be donated.

Squishable has a history of commitment to charity, consistently engaging in various philanthropic endeavors. All stuffed animal prototypes are donated to the Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders in New York City, and monthly donations are made to charities suggested by their fans. One-of-a-kind squishables and art are occasionally even auctioned off on eBay to benefit Charities. For more information visit http://www.squishable.com/s/charity.

 

About KIDS: Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) was founded in 1985 with the mission of providing new kid-essentials to children and teens who have been impacted by poverty and tragedy. Since its inception, K.I.D.S. has provided over $1 billion worth of new products to help nearly 70 million children. With a network of over 1,000 local partner agencies located in all 50 states and an overhead of less than 3%, K.I.D.S. is able to effectively and efficiently deliver products directly to children when and where they need it. To find out more about Kids in Distressed Situations, visit www.kidsdonations.org

About Squishable: Squishable is a popular stuffed animal company based in New York City. Begun in 2007 by ex-technology consultants who decided stuffed animals were more interesting than servers, Squishables are now sold in more than 1,000 independent toy, gift, and museum stores across the United States. With the help of a vocal fanbase (almost 900,000 on Facebook alone) Squishable accepts potential designs for its official line from artists and designers all over the world. To view more about Squishable, visit http://www.squishable.com/

Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) and The Legacy Center (TLC) Provide a Thanksgiving Blessing for Rockaways Sandy Victim

Nearly one month ago, K.I.D.S. unveiled its long-term plan in support of victims still recovering from Hurricane Sandy. One of the initiatives mentioned was our Hurricane Sandy Home Renovation Project in partnership with The Legacy Center (TLC). Together, K.I.D.S. and TLC have committed to restore, repair, and remodel a number of homes heavily hit by this destructive storm.

We are proud to announce that our first joint home renovation project was completed on November 27, 2013! Betty Robinson moved back into her fully furnished and renovated Rockaway home, just in time to spend Thanksgiving with her family and friends.

 (L to R) The Legacy Center’s Executive Director Jordan Durso and Operations Director Diana Denis, with homeowner Betty Robinson and K.I.D.S. President Denise Durham Williams.

(L to R) The Legacy Center’s Executive Director Jordan Durso and Operations Director Diana Denis,
with homeowner Betty Robinson and K.I.D.S. President Denise Durham Williams.

Betty lost everything as a result of Sandy, leaving her and her family homeless. As if that weren’t difficult enough, Betty’s husband passed away this past June and she is currently recovering from lung cancer. In the midst of these difficult times, Betty is not only hopeful, but she is thankful! Betty and her great-granddaughter Amiricle moved back into their home, complete with a full refrigerator and a seasoned turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.

To see Betty’s reaction to her newly renovated and furnished home, please check out the Fox 5 NY and NY1 features below:

http://www.myfoxny.com/video?clipId=9579931&autostart=true 

http://statenisland.ny1.com/content/pages/199541/non-profits-team-up-to-renovate-far-rockaway-homes-damaged-by-sandy

Poverty in NYC is at an all-time high. According to a recent article in The New York Times, over 31 percent of children under the age of 17 and 32 percent of families headed by a single mother, fall below federal poverty standards.

The holiday season is truly upon us. It is a time to be thankful for all that we have, and it is also a time to give back to those most in need of our support. Please donate now and help us reach NYC families with new, basic essentials. Families like Betty’s, could not be more grateful.

We are relying on your generous gift. Every donation helps us reach even more children and families in need.

Wishing you and your loved ones a joyous and safe holiday season!