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Kissy Cares with its “Share the Love” campaign

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Baby clothing and accessories brand Kissy Kissy has launched Kissy Cares, a charitable program designed to support moms and babies. Through Kissy Cares, Kissy Kissy will donate clothing and fabric to causes that aid children in need or support mothers through healthcare and skills training. Kissy Cares was born out of the belief that all moms have the same hopes and dreams for their children, which start with love, security and life’s sweet necessities.

To kick off the new program, Kissy Kissy is hosting “Share the Love,” a social giving campaign that taps into the natural compassion mothers feel toward all children. For every LIKE the official “Share the Love” post receives on Kissy Kissy’s Facebook page from September 15th to October 15th, 2014, the company is donating $5 in clothing, up to $75,000, to K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers. The national charity will distributed the new clothes to mothers and children served by Early Head Start programs around the country. 

“Giving back has been a big part of Kissy Kissy’s DNA from the start. We’ve donated to many charities and worthy causes over the years. With Kissy Cares, we look forward to helping even more families, and we’re excited to provide our fans with the opportunity to help moms and babies just like them,” says owner Roxana Castillo. “We selected K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers as our first partner because of their tireless work toward alleviating the effects of poverty for kids all over the globe. Focusing on children in Early Head Start programs allows Kissy Kissy to key in on those who are most vulnerable and have  the most promise.”

Early Head Start programs serve pregnant women and children up to age 3, supporting them through the most important developmental phase in a child’s life. At 20 years old, Early Head Start supports nearly 1,000 programs that serve more than 150,000 children and families a year. Early Head Start children generally have better cognitive development and are more likely to have engaged, self-sufficient parents.

“Programs like Kissy Kissy’s ‘Share the Love’ allow us to focus on some of the most vulnerable children in our society,” says K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers Co-Chairman Gary Simmons. “Improving the earliest years for at-risk children, especially birth to three years old, can help lay a foundation for future success. It is especially important to help these kids get a head start in life so that they can have a better chance at escaping the cycle of poverty.”

About Tatiana and Company

Tatiana and Company launched in 1995 as a small baby boutique that sold multiple lines, including a few Peruvian collections. Seeing a need for Peruvian Pima cotton layette with a traditional look, the company launched Kissy Kissy. Today the collection spans sweet looks in the Kissy Kissy line; bolder statements from Kissy Kissy’s Qt-Qt; christening apparel in Besos by Kissy Kissy; and embroidered and smocked garments from Kissy Kissy Premier. Kissy Kissy is carried in the finest department stores and specialty boutiques around the world and has a strong celebrity fan base that includes Katie Holmes, Molly Sims, Celine Dion, Salma Hayek, Brooke Shields and Alyson Hannigan. Kissy Kissy regularly works with charities like K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Birthright, Madonna House, Young Lives, Homeless Prenatal Program, Parkland Health & Hospital System, Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts and Cetpro San Martin de Porres.

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Meijer, SKECHERS Donate 22,500 Pairs of New Shoes to Detroit Area Children

Children from Detroit Public Schools and Variety Detroit also visited the Detroit Zoo, met professional athletic team athletes and mascots

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Aug. 28, 2014 — Meijer, SKECHERS and K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers teamed up earlier this week to give away 2,000 new BOBS from SKECHERS shoes to Detroit children in need during a day of fun at the Detroit Zoo.

An additional 20,500 pairs of BOBS shoes were also donated to Detroit Public Schools for distribution to its students in need throughout the school year.

“Meijer was built on a fundamental philosophy of supporting the communities where our customers and team members work and live,” said Lynn Hempe, group vice president of softlines for the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer. “We’ve worked with SKECHERS for a decade, and are thrilled to bring that partnership to another level by providing children with a brand new pair of shoes that they can call their own. It was a fun day for everyone involved.”

“Through the BOBS from SKECHERS shoe donations we have done in the United States and around the world, we have seen the impact a new pair of shoes can have on a child,” said Jeff Jones, national sales manager at SKECHERS. “We were moved by Meijer’s desire to reach children in Detroit, a community that has been hard hit economically, and believe that the BOBS donation event not only brought smiles to many children, but also may have given them confidence as they begin a school year with a brand new pair of shoes.”

Since the BOBS from SKECHERS program launched in 2011, SKECHERS has donated more than 8 million pairs of new shoes to children in need in more than 30 countries worldwide.

Along with receiving their new shoes, the children had lunch, received school supplies and visited their favorite animal exhibits inside the Detroit Zoo. The shoe donation event also included an opportunity for them to meet the Detroit Tigers mascot “PAWS,” Detroit Lions alumni players and mascot, “Roary,” and the Zoo’s mascots, “Junior Z and the Zooper Heroes.”

“The Detroit Zoo strives to be relevant to our community, including providing ways to help address community needs,” said Paul Good, community and government relations manager for the Detroit Zoological Society. “We were happy to be a part of this effort to help families meet their back-to-school needs.”

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers worked with the Detroit Public Schools and Variety Detroit to identify children to receive the shoes.

“We are so thankful for this wonderful partnership with SKECHERS and Meijer,” said Karen Ridgeway, superintendent of academics for Detroit Public Schools. “Our students and parents were able to enjoy a day at the Detroit Zoo, and more than 20,000 students will receive brand new BOBS shoes to help ensure they have a great start to the school year. I know that this is a day they will never forget.”

“Today reminded our children that people care about them,” Variety Detroit Executive Director Jennie Cascio said. “They were thrilled about the new SKECHERS, as well as the school supplies they received from Meijer. Variety Detroit is so thankful for all of the organizations involved in this great community event and giving our children the opportunity to spend the day at the Detroit Zoo and enjoy just being kids.”

Check out our gallery of photos from the event here:

And watch the video from Detroit’s FOX2 here: