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4 Stars on Charity Navigator

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We are happy to announce our 9th consecutive 4-star ranking  with  Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent charity evaluator. Charity Navigator, which helps inform intelligent giving decisions through objective ratings and in-depth analysis of U.S. charities, based the 4 -star ranking on a series of criteria that includes exceptional financial management, operational complexity, and  reach.

“Charitable givers should feel confident that these national institutions put their donations to good use,” according Charity Navigator on its website.

K.I.D.S|Fashion Delivers ranking is based on the organization’s Charity Navigator score of  91.96 percent, which accounts for financial performance, transparency, and accountability.

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.

Helping Nepal

It has been more than two weeks since the 7.8 magnitude earthquake shattered the lives of the people of Nepal. While more than 7,000 people are confirmed dead, others are working on attempting to put the pieces of their lives back together. Since the news of the Nepal crisis the K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers  team has been working with our network of international charities to determine what products are needed to aid in this crisis. As first responders continue the search and recovery work, limited opportunities are opening up to provide those affected by the earthquake with useful necessities beyond medical or search and rescue supplies.

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Currently we are flying donations of tents and blankets, to Nepal and preparing to send other necessities like towels, apparel, infant goods and much more. Thank you to our donors Eddie BauerMamiye Brothers, Aden+Anais  and Gerber Childrenswear, as well as our partners Operation Compassion and Afya Foundation. The cargo going by ship will also include 10,000 pairs of children’s shoes donated by BOBS from Skechers.  The supplies will arrive in four to six weeks to help the survivors try to rebuild their lives.

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As more rubble is cleared and transitional housing is established, we will be sending additional products needed by the survivors in Nepal, many of whom have lost everything.  There has been a great outpouring of charity by so many people and companies, and we are reaching out to the manufacturers and retailers that can provide the most-needed product.

Companies with product to donate can go online at: http://bit.ly/KIDSFDproductdonation.

 

Individuals can also play a role in supporting the efforts of K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers  and our product donors by making cash donations to help defray the cost of shipping donated product to Nepal.

Individuals who wish to help can go online at: http://bit.ly/KIDSFDNepalcashdonation.

We will keep you updated about our efforts to help the Nepal earthquake victims as the circumstances change and new needs must be met. Thank you for your support!

“As global citizens, the children’s, fashion & home industries always take the time to lend a helping hand to those in need during a time of crisis. Thank you again to our donors, as well as our partners for working with us to help the individuals and families affected by the earthquake.”

Lisa Gurwitch  President & CEO of K.I.D.S. / Fashion Delivers

Responding to the Massive Residential Fire in Edgewater, New Jersey

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On Wednesday, January 21st, a massive fire in Edgewater, New Jersey destroyed half of the apartments in a 408-unit complex, permanently displacing about 500 people who lived there, and temporarily forcing the evacuation of another 500 people who lived nearby.  Thankfully, there were no casualties; sadly, there are now many families who are stranded with nothing but the clothes on their backs. 

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers immediately responded to this disaster, getting in touch with the Town of Secaucus Municipal Government Center, a network community partner on the ground who provided us with a list of types of items that were most requested.  As you can imagine, warm coats and other cold-weather apparel was at the top of the list.   Blankets, pillows, undergarments, footwear, baby product were also needed badly. 

We turned to our very generous retail donor partners, and were able to quickly procure and provide these families with these much-needed items.  Overjoyed to be alive, daunted by what lies ahead, especially for those who lost everything that they had to leave behind, these families will face many challenges in the new year. 

Since 1985, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers’ mission has been to provide hope to children, families and individuals facing daily challenges and recovering from disasters. 

We would like to thank the companies listed below for helping us help them so quickly. 

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If you would like to donate new product to continue our mission to help these families, please click here.

If you would like to donate funds, which we will match on a 10:1 ratio in brand new product, please click here.

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.