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Burlington, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers & ABC’s Good Morning America to Celebrate Eighth Annual Coat Drive

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All across America families struggle to meet their basic needs. According to the 2013 US Census, more than 45 million Americans live in poverty. By necessity, many of these families prioritize food, heat, and shelter above winter clothing. To help make a difference, Burlington, a national off-price retailer offering designer merchandise at everyday low prices, has themed its eighth annual Warm Coats and Warm Hearts Coat Drive around “Families Helping Families.” The coat drive, which will kick off on Saturday, November 1, 2014, benefits K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing apparel and other products donated by manufacturers and retailers to community charities across the U.S. and throughout the world.

Through the initiative, consumers and their families are invited to donate gently-worn coats at drop boxes at Burlington locations nationwide to help the many families are in need of coats during the winter season. Coats should be in good condition, with working closures and no rips or stains. As a thank you, those who donate will receive 10 percent off their entire purchase at Burlington through January 19, 2015. To date, more than 1.3 million coats have been distributed through the Warm Coats and Warm Hearts program.

“Our goal at Burlington this year is to encourage families to help other families this holiday season,” said Tom Kingsbury, president and chief executive officer, Burlington Stores. “The Warm Coats and Warm Hearts Coat Drive allows us to spread warmth nationwide, providing coats to those most in need within communities surrounding our stores.”

ABC’s Emmy Award-winning news program, Good Morning America, will help to promote the program on-air and on their website starting on November 10, 2014. The effort will help remind its millions of viewers about the ongoing need for coats all across the country, and demonstrate how people can help each and every day. Customers are asked to share stories and tweet why they are donating their coats with the hashtag #CoatNotes for a chance for their story to be seen on-air. In addition, some of the Good Morning America hosts will be donating their coats and their families’ coats in hopes of inspiring others to join in on the effort.

“We are delighted to join Burlington again on the Warm Coats and Warm Hearts program,” said Allan Ellinger, chairman of K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers. “The partnership allows us to dig deep into local communities to deliver desperately needed coats to people nationwide through 269 community charities. Just one coat can do wonders, so to see it come alive in such a large way is incredible to watch.”

For more information and to find a list of participating Burlington stores visit www.BurlingtonStores.com.

About Burlington

Burlington is a national off-price retailer offering style for less with up to 65 percent off department store prices every day. Departments include ladies’ dresses, suits, sportswear, juniors, accessories, menswear, family footwear and children’s clothing. It also includes an assortment of furniture and accessories for baby at Baby Depot, home decor and gifts, along with the largest selection of coats in the nation for the entire family. Burlington has 531 stores in 44 States and Puerto Rico. For more, visit www.BurlingtonStores.com.

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

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit 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, delivers 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. For more information, please visit www.DonateProduct.com.

About Good Morning America

Emmy Award-winning “Good Morning America” is a two-hour, live program anchored by Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, and Lara Spencer. Amy Robach is the news anchor and Ginger Zee is chief meteorologist. Michael Corn is the senior executive producer. The morning news program airs MONDAY-FRIDAY (7:00-9:00 a.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Hurricane Sandy Report 2012-2014

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K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers thanks you!

You made it possible for K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers to immediately respond to the needs of the children and families distressed by the storm!

You made it possible for K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers to immediately respond to the needs of the children and families distressed by the storm!

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers greatly appreciates your support of our Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts. Our work would not have been possible without donors like you!

Hurricane Sandy occurred on October 25, 2012. Immediately following the hurricane, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers team members were on the ground responding to the needs of children and families severely stricken by this super storm. However, our efforts did not end there. With your support, we were able to deliver hope, uplift spirits, and provide basic day-to-day necessities to help families get back on their feet.

Thanks to your support, families were given an opportunity to go home again through our Extreme Home Makeovers.

Thanks to your support, families were given an opportunity to go home again through our Extreme Home Makeovers.

Through the years, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers has worked with various local community partners such as: The Legacy Center, Project Hospitality, and New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS), to assist in-need children and families. From 2012 through 2014, we have truly seen the value and impact of our donations on Sandy victims. Thanks to your generous contribution K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers was able to reach thousands of people affected by the storm.

On behalf of all the children and families who benefitted from K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers’ Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts, thank you! We could not have had such impact on the lives of so many affected by Sandy without your financial support.


Providing the Basics – 2012

In 2012, you allowed us to deliver hope in times of great despair. With your support, we were able to distribute over $20 million worth of brand new basic essentials, including diapers, apparel, shoes, blankets, and outerwear to Sandy victims in New York and New Jersey. Kitley, a mother of 3, who survived the 2010 Haiti earthquake and immigrated to New York just before Sandy hit, told us: “I couldn’t believe this was happening to me again. My children and I lost everything. K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers has provided us with winter clothes and so much more.”


Restoring Home – 2013

In 2013, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, in partnership with The Legacy Center, focused its efforts on families’ long-term needs by launching the Extreme Home Makeover – Sandy Edition. Our first makeover project was completed on November 27, 2013.

Betty lost everything as a result of Sandy, leaving her and her family homeless. As if that weren’t difficult enough, Betty’s husband had passed away that past June and she was recovering from lung cancer. In the midst of these difficult times, Betty never lost hope. Through our project, Betty and her great granddaughter, Amiricle, were able to move back into their home a year after it was destroyed, just in time for Thanksgiving! 


Uplifting Spirits – 2013

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On December 20, 2013, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers continued to provide support and joined with local partners to hold a free Holiday Pop-Up shop in Far Rockaway, New York, to help provide happier holidays for people affected by the storm. More than 250 families received $2.5 million worth of brand new essentials, including clothing, shoes, home goods, and toys, which filled them with hope and joy during the holidays.




The Recovery Continues – 2014

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Our partner, New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) provides disaster readiness, response, and recovery services in New York City. Thanks to you, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers has been able to provide NYDIS grants to assist families with small children through direct financial assistance. In August 2014, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers delivered their latest grant to NYDIS. Stay tuned, and check out our Facebook page to learn how NYDIS is reaching children and families affected by Hurricane Sandy. 

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers Gala to Honor Emmy Winner Heidi Klum, Burlington Stores’ Tom Kingsbury & Former NY Giant Carl Banks, American Museum of Natural History on November 5th

#GiveWarmth Campaign Goal: 1 Million Pieces of New Winter Product

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The recently merged charity K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers will honor Heidi Klum, Tom Kingsbury and Carl Banks at its 2014 annual gala on Wednesday, November 5th at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The charity expects more than 700 attendees, with cocktails from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and dinner and an awards ceremony from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The gala’s theme is #GiveWarmth, with a goal to collect 1 million pieces of cold weather items for people in need this winter.

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers serves as a strong and effective charitable force both in the United States and around the world by providing new clothing, children’s products and household items to victims of disasters and families in need. In 2013 alone, 392 companies donated $179 million of product, helping 816 community partners. This year the charity’s annual gala recognizes the charitable efforts of three exceptional individuals:

Heidi Klum, Project Runway Emmy Winning TV Host, Executive Producer & Entrepreneur – Klum is a top model, making great impact for clients and appearing on the covers of pop-culture mainstays including the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Klum is the Emmy winning host and executive producer of the ten-time Emmy-nominated Project Runway and a judge on NBC’s hit show America’s Got Talent.  Other ventures include active wear for New Balance, a collection for Babies“R”Us called Truly Scrumptious and campaigns for Jordache, Coty and Dr. Scholl’s. Klum’s charity involvements include work with the American Red Cross, UNICEF and God’s Love We Deliver.

Thomas A. Kingsbury, President and CEO, Burlington Stores, Inc. – Throughout his career, Kingsbury has been a champion of philanthropic causes, and brought that spirit to Burlington. His charitable activities include supporting The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk and the Red Dress Event to benefit WomenHeart. Working with K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, he also established Burlington Gives Back to donate new merchandise to local nonprofits at store openings, and has partnered with ABC’s Good Morning America and the charity to collect more than 1.2 Million coats to help those in need.

Carl Banks, President, G-III Sports – Banks rose to fame as an NFL Football player; the All-Pro outside linebacker helped bring the New York Giants back into prominence winning Super Bowls XXI and XXV. He began to design outerwear sized to fit himself and his teammates before joining the team at G-III Apparel in 1992. Banks is still closely affiliated with the Giants as an analyst on the team’s radio broadcasts. He supports charities helping children of incarcerated parents and efforts to research and treat brain injuries and autism. For his ceaseless efforts to help people in so many areas, specifically children, Banks was selected as the Giants Alumni Man of the Year in 2010.

Gala tables start at $15,000, and a limited number of individual tickets will also be available at $1,250. For additional information, please contact Camy Calve Events at 212-218-4080 or rsvp@KIDSFDgala.com. There is also information about the gala online at www.KIDSFDgala.com.

Past gala participants include President Barack Obama, Madonna, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, President Bill Clinton, Silas Chou, Kenneth Cole, Simon Doonan, Gayle King and Vivica Fox. Previous gala honorees include:  Abbey Doneger, Doneger Group; Jerry Storch, ToysRUs; Neil Cole, Iconix Brand Group; Tommy Hilfiger; Liz Sweney, JCPenney; Gary Simmons, Gerber Childrenswear; Oscar Feldenkreis, Perry Ellis Corporation; Tom Johnson, Aeropostale; Pamela Lifford, Disney Consumer Products; Joe Shamie, Delta Children’s Products; Lauren Bush Lauren, FEED; Stephen Ross, Related Companies; and Daisy Fuentes, Fashion Entrepreneur.

#Give Warmth — A Gala Theme With a Purpose:  1 Million Pieces of Winter Product

The annual gala is the highlight of the K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers’ holiday season, and a great gift is to #GiveWarmth to those less fortunate. Last year was America’s coldest winter in 25 years, putting the poor and homeless at terrible risk. This year K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers wants to provide as many coats, sweaters and cold weather items as possible for those in need through the Give Warmth campaign.

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers is calling on retailers and manufacturers to support #GiveWarmth this season; the goal is 1 million pieces of new warm apparel and blankets donated by November 5, 2014. The companies and brands of the gala honorees are participating in product donations as well. Everyone will be able to follow the conversation on social media and use #GiveWarmth to see the campaign’s progress at twitter.com/donateproduct, facebook.com/donateproduct or instagram.com/donateproduct.

The results of #GiveWarmth campaign will be announced at the gala on November 5, 2014. The donations will help the charity’s community partners #GiveWarmth to hundreds of thousands of people in need across the United States.

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 $1.2 billion of donated products have been distributed, serving the poor and disadvantaged worldwide. For more information, please visit www.DonateProduct.com.