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Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) and Fashion Delivers Merge to Better Serve People in Need

New York (April 30, 2014) – Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) and Fashion Delivers Charitable Foundation, Inc., announced today that they have successfully completed their merger as of April 7, 2014. Both K.I.D.S. and Fashion Delivers, U.S.-based nonprofit organizations with a global reach, were founded to secure donations of excess new product from manufacturers and retailers to provide relief for people in need. The official name of the organization is now K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc., and the new website is www.DonateProduct.com, a call to action that emphasizes the organization’s mission.

“We are very pleased that the merger is completed, maximizing the benefits of our consolidation with strengthened resources and, most importantly, our ability to serve families, kids and adults in need,” said Co-Chairmen Allan Ellinger and Gary Simmons in a joint statement.

K.I.D.S. was founded in 1985 by children’s industry executives, and in 2005 Fashion Delivers was created by adult apparel and home fashions professionals to serve similar purposes.

Moving donations of new apparel, home fashions, toys, books and other items is a huge effort. Cash donations and other financial support help pay for programs, logistics, coordination and transportation costs so that new product reaches the people who need it most. While the organizations’ work in natural disasters has attracted the most attention, fighting poverty is a daily mission. The organizations have delivered over $1 billion of new product and efficiently operate with less than 3% overhead.

Confronting poverty that robs an individual of their dignity

“Roughly 50 million people in the U.S. live in poverty, including seven million families,” said Mr. Simmons.  “K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers brings together a diverse network of more than 1000 community partners and 390 donors throughout the 50 states and the world to distribute donated product. Connecting these local, on-the-ground agencies with donated product given by some of the most recognizable brands in fashion, footwear, toys, home and juvenile product allows us to provide hope and dignity to families and individuals facing these challenges.”

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers also announced that Joel Newman, former COO of Kenneth Cole and Tommy Hilfiger, joined the organization as president for an interim period. “Joel has extensive senior management experience in the retail and wholesale industry as well as experience with non-profit organizations,” commented Mr. Ellinger.  “He will initially concentrate on fine tuning strategy and organizational development and will also participate in the search for a permanent president.”

With the merger of K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers complete, Denise Durham Williams, former Executive Director of K.I.D.S., has resigned to pursue other opportunities in direct-service nonprofit work. “We want to thank Denise for her efforts, particularly her work on the merger. We wish her every success in her future endeavors,” added Mr. Ellinger.

About K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc.

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, unites retailers, manufacturers, foundations and individuals to provide new merchandise to families and people impacted by poverty and tragedy.  Excess product, including apparel, accessories, shoes, home furnishings, toys, books, school supplies and other items, deliver hope and dignity to people in need through a network of community partners. To date, over $1 billion of donated products have been distributed, serving the poor and disadvantaged worldwide.    HYPERLINK “http://www.DonateProduct.com” www.DonateProduct.com

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Robeez launches philanthropic partnership with K.I.D.S.

Robeez launches philanthropic partnership with K.I.D.S. The Buy One Get One campaign will donate a pair of socks with each sock purchase to Head Start.

Robeez launches philanthropic partnership with K.I.D.S. The Buy One Get One campaign will donate a pair of socks with each sock purchase to Head Start.

The Original Soft Sole Brand Announces a Buy One, Give One Campaign.

Robeez, the industry leading Original Soft-Sole pre-walker, has partnered with K.I.D.S., with a Buy One Give One campaign to help families in underserved communities in need. Starting April 1st, for every pair of Robeez socks purchased* at myrobeez.com, a new pair of socks will be donated to Head Start. Head Start is a federal government program that promotes school readiness in children ages birth to five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development.

“Robeez and K.I.D.S. are committed to underserved children with a variety of needs, especially lack of shoes and clothing, and we are dedicated to helping the children of Head Start in any way possible, and hope to do so by starting with a simple pair of new socks,” said David McCubbin, President of McCubbin Hosiery, a Robeez licensee.

“We are so grateful for this wonderful donation program of Robeez socks from McCubbin Hosiery,” said K.I.D.S. Chief Operating Officer Donna Charles. “Socks are one of the most requested items for donation among the many community charities with which we work. The support for low-income children in Head Start programs is especially important given the challenges faced by the families of these kids.”

For more information or to contribute to the campaign, please visit www.myrobeez.com.

*The “Buy One, Give One Sock Campaign” will run from April 1 to April 30, 2014 on myrobeez.com will donate up to 1,500 new Robeez socks to Head Start through K.I.D.S.