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NYDJ & K.I.D.S./ Fashion Delivers- Fit To Be Powerful

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NYDJ, the brand that is synonymous with women’s denim, has partnered with  K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers to encourage women who are working to improve their lives. During the month of  February, NYDJ will donate an item of clothing for every pair of denim sold on NYDJ.com to help women in need and celebrate the launch of their  “Fit to Be” campaign.  The “Fit to Be” campaign celebrates NYDJ’s signature Original Slimming Fit with a diverse and multigenerational cast, highlighting strength and beauty of women of all ages and all sizes.

The campaign’s cast,starring age-defying supermodel Christie Brinkley, body activist Ashley Graham, model and TV personality Lana Ogilvie and “Blue Bloods” actress Bridget Moynahan, convey the beautiful confidence that comes from hard work and finding a truly perfect fitting pair of jeans. This approach underlines NYDJ’s commitment to empowering women with a fit that transforms inside and out, helping women seize their destinies with sureness and style.

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NYDJ is proud to partner with K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to donating new merchandise to support those affected by poverty and disaster.  “We are very pleased to have NYDJ support the K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers mission of helping people in need with donated new product.  The donations of NYDJ apparel will be directed to our community partners that help empower and rebuild the lives of women.”  says Lisa Gurwitch President & CEO of K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers.

Please visit NYDJ.com throughout February and make a purchase to help a woman in need and support K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers’ mission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cuddl Duds Teams Up With K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers For National Hug Day

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In honor of National Hug Day on January 21, Cuddl Duds is partnering with K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers for the 2nd annual #CuddlHug campaign to help benefit children and families impacted by poverty and tragedy. 

On National Hug Day, Cuddl Duds will post a #CuddlHug photo on Facebook (www.facebook.com/cuddlduds) and Twitter (@CuddlDuds).  From Thursday, January 21st through Sunday, January 24th, for each ‘share’ on Facebook and ‘retweet’ on Twitter of the photo, Cuddl Duds will donate $1.00 to K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers (up to $20,000).

“The Cuddl Duds brand is rooted in the feeling of warmth, comfort and delight, and we look forward to be once again celebrating National Hug Day with a feel-good campaign that shares the comfort of a hug and the warmth of giving back,” said Mark Sandler, president, Komar Layering.

In addition, this year, Cuddl Duds will also pledge to donate one clothing item to K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers for each order placed on cuddlduds.com from Thursday, January 21st through Sunday, January 24th. K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers will then distribute the product that will benefit their network of community partners.

To help promote this year’s campaign, Cuddl Duds is partnering with actress and singer Elizabeth Elias. Liz will announce the campaign on her social media channels, inviting her 200,000+ followers to participate and give back. 

“We are delighted to be working with Cuddl Duds again to spread the goodwill of National Hug Day,” said Lisa Gurwitch, president of K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers. “This year, with the additional donation of Cuddl Duds layers, we hope to bring some comfort and support to those in need.”

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers Raises Record $330,000 at 9th Annual Women in Industry Luncheon

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(L to R) Honoree Cindy Levitt, Host Christine Ebersole, Luncheon Co-Chair Karen Bromley, Honoree Laura Pomerantz, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers Board Member John Pomerantz, Luncheon Co-Chair Carole Postal

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers honored two women executives at the 9th Annual Women in Industry Luncheon and raised over $350,000 (and still receiving donations) to help people in need. The event took place at 583 Park Avenue, on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 honoring Cindy Levitt, senior vice president of merchandise and marketing for Hot Topic, and Laura Pomerantz, vice chairman and head of strategic accounts at Cushman & Wakefield. Both women were honored for their achievements professionally and within the community.

 

This year’s event raised a record amount that will help K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers distribute new donated merchandise to people challenged by poverty and natural disasters. With the help of our distinguished honorees, in addition to exceeding our cash goal, we have exceeded our goal for new product donors.

“KIDS/Fashion Delivers plays a unique role in creating new beginnings for individuals and families in need. I am very thankful to be a part of such a inspiring and generous community,” said Lisa Gurwitch, president & CEO of K.I.D.S/Fashion Delivers.

 

The host for the afternoon was Christine Ebersole, two-time Tony award-winning actress. The luncheon program began with a moving performance by the children’s group, Little Kids Rock (link) from P.S. 98 in Washington Heights, part of a national school-based music program supported by the Hot Topic Foundation. Towards the end of the program Christine Ebersole serenaded the audience with “New Words.”

Throughout the event, the speakers shared the name of a woman who inspired each of them and the guests were also given the opportunity to make a donation in honor of their own women of inspiration. These names are listed on a Women of Inspiration Inaugural Honor Roll on the event website (www.KIDSFDLuncheon.com).

Representing one of the charity’s community partners was Christina Atkins, a client of the job training and resource organization Bottomless Closet [Link} in New York City. Atkins spoke about the donated apparel from K.I.D.S/Fashion Delivers and how it has helped her feel more confident on her job search for a fulltime position. Christina’s account illustrated to attendees just how K.I.D.S./ Fashion Delivers makes a difference in the lives of people in need on a daily basis

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc. 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.www.DonateProduct.com.

MEET OUR HONOREE: CINDY LEVITT

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As the Senior Vice President, Merchandise and Marketing at Hot Topic, Cindy Levitt provides a unique understanding of the teen demographic and retail operations that has allowed her to develop novel licensing programs for Hot Topic stores. Levitt is responsible for the daunting task of ensuring the chain’s 655 stores are filled with fan- favorite apparel and much more. Hot Topic offers band-related apparel and accessories, licensed merchandise, fashion apparel and accessories at stores and online at www.hottopic.com. Nearly 25 years since the store’s founding, there is still a passion for music and pop culture in everything Hot Topic.

The Hot Topic foundation understands how the creative arts can be instrumental in enriching the lives of children. Over the last ten years, the Foundation gave nearly $9 million in grants to non-profit organizations that create music and arts programs for young people across the country. Currently the foundation works with three different programs: The GRAMMY Foundation® provides ‘GRAMMY in the Schools’ programs to high school students and schools; Little Kids Rock® unleashes kids’ inner music-makers by building popular music education programs in under-served public schools; and Notes For Notes® provides youth with FREE after-school recording studio environments packed with instruments to explore, create, and record music. As a woman of achievement Cindy Levitt understands the importance of hard work, dedication and helping others in need.

  1. What is your job title and office location? Senior Vice President/GMM Merchandise and Marketing, City of Industry, CA (Los Angeles).

2. What is your hometown? Laguna Beach, CA
3. What is your Alma mater? Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa CA)
4. Name a woman whom you admire?

Christiane Amanpour because she is fearless… and also my mother Marian who loves life more than anyone I have ever met, she also taught me to be passionate about your job or career, she is 85 and still substitute teaches at an elementary school…simply because she loves it!

  1. What is the thing you love most about your job? My favorite thing is see the smallest glimmer of an idea become reality and then a success…there is nothing better! (And okay…I love how it keeps me young too!
  1. What advice would you give a young woman preparing to enter the workforce?
  • Immerse yourself and become an expert in the subject matter or job that you are interested in, if you don’t someone else will.
  • Volunteer for everything!
  • Write hand written thank you notes… People never forget when you do.
  1. With your busy schedule, how do you balance work/life?

It is not easy and a constant challenge but I always remind myself and others that when you leave your job nobody will remember that you never called in sick or took a vacation, only you and your loved ones will know. It also helps to have a patient, understanding, and supportive boyfriend too!

  1. In your opinion, what is the most important thing about the work that K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers does?

There is so much good and unused product in our industry that goes to waste due to old rules and red tape. K.I.D.S /Fashion Delivers raises an awareness that lets companies take a second look at where our excess or discarded merchandise is actually going and with a trusted and focused infrastructure gets the product in the hands of children and adults that need it the most.

 

 

Meet Our Honoree: Laura Pomerantz

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With 20 years executive-level commercial real estate experience and a significant background in retail and manufacturing, Laura Pomerantz provides her clients with a breadth of knowledge from the corporate viewpoint in such areas as strategic and tactical planning and retail and office expansion nationally and internationally. Aside from her strategic corporate background Ms. Pomerantz has a longstanding commitment to the community and the arts. She is a member of the Carnegie Hall Board of Trustees for 27 years, its Executive Committee and is Chairman of its Special Events committee. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Richard Tucker Foundation and former Board Member of Women In Need. Ms. Pomerantz was the recipient of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund Equal Opportunity Award in 1990, and a 1992 inductee to the YWCA’s Academy of Women Achievers. She and her husband John have had a life long commitment to Jewish causes such as UJA, AJC, NCJW, and Central Synagogue among many others. Given her involvement in the community and charitable initiatives, Pomerantz is the perfect candidate to be honored at this year’s 9th Annual Women In Industry Luncheon Honoring Women of Achievement.

 

  1. What is your job title and office location?   Vice Chairman and Head of Strategic Accounts at Cushman & Wakefield. 1290 Avenue of the Americas, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10104
  1. What is your hometown? Harrison, NY
  2. What is your Alma mater? Miami Dade College
  3. Name a woman whom you admire?    Hannah G. Solomon, an advocate of women’s and children’s rights, assisting Jewish immigrants and advancing the social welfare and Jewish identity, and the founder in 1893 of the National Council of Jewish Women. More than a century later my eldest sister, Nan Rich, became the President of NCJW and following her tenure as President then became a State Senator of Florida, Minority Chair of the Florida Senate and recently ran in the Florida State primaries as a Democratic candidate for Governorship of Florida, and is presently a candidate for the Broward County Commission.
  1. What is the thing you love most about your job?  First and foremost it is the people with whom I work, the balance of creativity and business it provides, the opportunity to create something enduring that can be impactful on a community in a physical form, and no day is ever the same!
  1. What advice would you give a young woman preparing to enter the workforce? Choose something that affords you productivity, expresses your passion, enhances your self-image and provides an opportunity for expression, expansion, collaboration, and continued evolution as you grow and mature.
  1. With your busy schedule, how do you balance work/life? I concentrate on each day at a time and prioritize what is most important in each one of those days, but, always cognizant of goals, deadlines and what is truly important to family and work.
  1. In your opinion, what is the most important thing about the work that K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers does? When families are affected by poverty and national disasters, when invaluable help and support is needed, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers provides hope and dignity to a diverse population of those suffering and in crisis. They are empowering and provide opportunities for people to progress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Echo Design Shared the Warmth With Foster Youth and Families

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This winter has been a challenging season for many people, but winter is also the season that our donor Echo Design reaches out to people in need with the brand’s “Share The Warmth” campaign. From November 16 through December 17, 2014, Echo Design pledged to donate two cold weather items to K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers for every one item sold on the company’s website (www.echodesign.com). This year, Echo Design directed their donation to teens in foster care and foster families. Donations were provided to Together We Rise (CA), Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association (MO) and Episcopal Social Services of New York (NYC). A total of 2,840 pieces of cold-weather fashion were donated to the three foster organizations.

Wendy Nguyen, author of the fashion blog http://www.wendyslookbook.com/, served as an ambassador for this program. The role had particular meaning for her as she had grown up as a foster child. “While in the group home and foster home, I didn’t remember any organizations that came to visit,” said Nguyen. “I wanted to see the girls myself, to share with them that there are people out there rooting for them.”

Through our community partner Together We Rise (www.togetherwerise.org), Nguyen visited young women in a group home in Los Angeles. She brought a selection of Echo Designs products, and worked with the girls to find the right hats and scarves. Click here to see the facebook gallery. You can learn more about Wendy in this blog post: http://bit.ly/1wwO1gs.

Wendy Nguyen works with girls from a group home in Los Angeles.

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In addition to the product donated by Echo Design, each of the three community partners received a cash grant of $2,500. Together We Rise used the money to take teens and young adults to Dave & Buster’s to play in the arcade and have dinner. The kids had a great time bonding and really enjoyed themselves.  Some of the Echo Design product was also placed in care packages sent out to foster kids and youth working their ways through with the system.

Together We Rise helped these foster kids have a great night!

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Our community partner for Share The Warmth in New York City was Episcopal Social Services (www.essnyc.org), which has recently changed their name to Sheltering Arms. “The generosity of Echo Design in providing these winter accessories to families in need is greatly appreciated,” said Samantha Wilson, director of Sheltering Arms’ Maternal Child Health program in Queens. “The significance of these items goes beyond their monetary value, as they communicate a much deeper message to those in need – that they are not forgotten. Through these donations, Echo Design demonstrates a commitment to serving others who are less fortunate and sets an example of how each of us can use what we have to serve others.”

Young women and foster families served by Sheltering Arms say thanks for the Echo Design products.

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In the Midwest, Share The Warmth worked with our community partner Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association (www.MFCAA.org) in Independence, MO. In the height of the winter season, they were thrilled to receive such beautiful hats, scarves and wraps.

“Thank you again for the fantastic donation,” said Danielle Schweiger, chief development officer for MFCAA.  “We are so happy to have the products for our young adults and families.” The new winter items and the cash donation help MFCAA efforts to support foster youth and families, including programs like a food pantry and clothing closet, the Family Connections intake and assessment shelter and other programs. These services assist families with some of their most basic needs and help provide assistance where other services do not exist.

MFCCA used Echo Design donations to provide hope and dignity to young women and foster families.

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When companies like Echo Design donate new product to K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, the merchandise can mean a great deal to people struggling with their daily lives. These cold weather items can free up money to be spent on other necessities, and getting something new that is their very own can help instill dignity and hope in people who are truly in need.  Thanks for your compassion Echo Design!

#CuddlHug Social Media Campaign from Cuddl Duds to Benefit K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers

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New York, NY — To celebrate National Hug Day on January 21, Cuddl Duds will launch #CuddlHug, a campaign hosted on the brand’s social platforms to raise funds for K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers.

Beginning Wednesday, January 21, Cuddl Duds will post a unique #CuddlHug photo on Facebook and Twitter (@CuddlDuds).  Each share of the photo on Facebook or retweet of the photo on Twitter will generate a $1.00 donation from Cuddl Duds to K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers (up to $20,000), between the dates of January 21 – January 23, 2015.

“The Cuddl Duds official brand logo is our “Huggie” mark. The mark was created to capture the feelings of warmth, comfort and delight, that a hug can give you,” said Mark Sandler, president, Komar Layering.  “We thought it was a logical extension of our brand identity to join in the spirit of National Hug Day this year by offering a fun, feel-good campaign focusing on the comfort of a hug and giving back.” 

“Cuddl Duds made an impactful donation to us during Hurricane Sandy that helped many people recovering from the storm.  We are delighted to be working with them once again to spread the goodwill of National Hug Day,” said Lisa Gurwitch, president of K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers.

Individuals who share the photo on Facebook or retweet the photo on Twitter from January 21 – January 23, 2015, will also be automatically entered for a chance to win $500.00 worth of Cuddl Duds warm layers.  All entries will be collected and one winner will be chosen at random to win.

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 children, families, and people impacted by poverty and tragedy.  Excess product, including apparel, accessories, shoes, home furnishings, toys, books, school supplies and other items, delver hope and dignity to people in need through a network of community partners.  For more information, visit www.donateproduct.com.

At Cuddl Duds®, layering is a lifestyle. As the leading brand in warm layering, Cuddl Duds® offers the ultimate in cozy comfort without unnecessary bulk. Cuddl Duds® takes pride in being at the forefront of textile innovation, performance technologies and modern styling.  For over fifty years, Cuddl Duds® has provided women with the latest essentials to build the foundations of a year-round layering wardrobe, and continues this legacy with brand extensions for men, kids and toddlers too.  For more information please visit www.cuddlduds.com.

Komar Layering, a division of Komar, designs, produces and distributes layering apparel for women, men and children. The company’s innovative pieces are designed for warmth, style and ultimate comfort through the freedom of stretch. Established in 1908, Komar is a global consumer products company, specializing in the design, marketing, sourcing and distribution of sleepwear, loungewear, intimates, and layering products. The company is an industry leader across a diverse range of competitive retail categories. Komar is proud to represent more than 100 lifestyle brands and licenses through their retail partners, which sell worldwide at every price point.  For more information, visit www.komarbrands.com.

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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.

Burlington Book Buddies Program

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BURLINGTON, N.J. (August 1, 2014) – Did you know that one-in-four children in America grow up without learning how to read? That’s why Burlington, a national off-price retailer offering designer merchandise up to 65% off department store prices every day, has teamed up with K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, a national non-profit organization, and Sprout to launch the first-ever Burlington Book Buddies initiative – a new program designed to help provide children with the opportunity to discover the wonderful world of reading.

Together, from August 1 through Labor Day (September 1, 2014), the partners are inviting customers to donate gently-used or new children’s books at any of the 523 Burlington stores nationwide to benefit local children and their families. For every book donated, Burlington will match up to 55,000 new children’s books through K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers.

“Giving back to communities is a priority for Burlington and we are excited to launch a new initiative that helps children as they are heading back to school,” says Tom Kingsbury, president and chief executive officer of Burlington. “We are thrilled that Burlington Book Buddies allows us to provide books to children in need, giving them the opportunity to explore the world of reading.”

Sprout, the first 24 hour preschool network for preschoolers and their parents and caregivers, will help to promote the program via on-air promotional spots kicking off on August 1, 2014. The effort will help remind its millions of viewers about the ongoing need for books all across the country, and demonstrate how people can help. To celebrate the world of reading, Burlington will host exclusive reading events with characters from Sprout at the New York City Union Square store on August 1 and the Chicago North State Street store on August 14. The events will feature The Sunny Side Up Show’s Tim and Chica. Beginning at 2:00pm, children are invited to meet Chica and Tim, sing songs and listen to a special story during this exclusive in-store event.

“We are happy to work with Burlington to help make reading accessible to children and their families across America,” says Jennifer Giddens, VP of Marketing for Sprout.

“We are thrilled to join Burlington on the Burlington Book Buddies program,” says Allan Ellinger, co-chairman of K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers. “The partnership allows us to provide books to disadvantaged children nationwide through 57 community charities. Our hope is that this effort helps to makes a difference to improve the rates of literacy amongst children.”

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

About Burlington Stores, Inc.
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 décor and gifts, along with the largest selection of coats in the nation for the entire family. Burlington has 523 stores in 44 States and Puerto Rico.  For more, visit www.BurlingtonStores.com.

About Sprout
Sprout is the first 24-hour preschool destination available on TV, on demand and online for children ages 2-5 and their parents and caregivers.  Available in over 60 million homes, the 24-hour digital channel is the only network that follows the day of a preschooler from breakfast to bedtime with its distinctive, interactive programming and original hosted daypart blocks that parents and kids share together.  Viewers are encouraged to submit artwork, birthday wishes, videos and more through SproutOnline.com, which has received over five million viewer interactions to-date.  Sprout’s VOD offering is the #1 on demand service for younger children with over one billion views.

K.I.D.S. Helps Launch a Safe Sleep Center at Baby's Bounty with Delta Children's Products and First Candle.

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What happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas when it comes to SIDS awareness and prevention. On October 14, K.I.D.S. had the pleasure of teaming up with Delta Children on the latest stop on its nationwide tour to establish a network of Safe Sleep centers spreading the word on creating safe sleep environments for infants in the first year of their lives.

K.I.D.S. President Denise Williams joined Delta Children President Joe Shamie and First Candle CEO Kelly Mariotti at the launch event, which was hosted by Kim Amato, founder of Las Vegas-based K.I.D.S. community partner Baby’s Bounty, a human services organization that helps economically disadvantaged families.

During the event, which was part of Delta’s pledge to donate $1,000,000 worth of new Delta cribs to parents in need nationwide, Shamie stressed the importance of a safe crib and offered tips to the families with the help of First Candle, a leading national nonprofit dedicated to infant health and survival.

“This is an ongoing effort and commitment on our part to educate parents nationwide on the importance of safe sleeping conditions for their children,” said Joseph Shamie. “As a father and grandfather myself, I don’t sleep at night unless I know babies are safe in our cribs.”

K.I.D.S. supports Delta’s initiatives and is the brand’s partner on this journey. “We at K.I.D.S. are very proud of our ongoing collaboration with Delta Children’s Products to educate parents nationwide about safe sleep environments for infants,” said  Denise Williams. “We’re thrilled that Delta’s latest donation of new cribs will benefit parents in the Las Vegas area served by our local community partner Baby’s Bounty.”

Kelly Mariotti also noted the importance of the initiative. “The Delta Safe Sleep Campaign is an incredible effort! Delta is making it possible for local families to have new cribs – families that might not otherwise have a safe sleeping place for their babies,” she said. “Putting a baby to sleep in its own crib, with nothing but a mattress and tight-fitting sheet, can reduce the risk of SIDS, the leading cause of death for infants one month to one year of age.”

We salute our partners Delta Children and First Candle for their continued commitment to this important initiative and thank Baby’s Bounty for helping bring the message of safe sleep to families in Las Vegas.