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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 ( 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 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 (

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



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 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.



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 ( 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, 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 (, 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:

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


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!


Our community partner for Share The Warmth in New York City was Episcopal Social Services (, 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.


In the Midwest, Share The Warmth worked with our community partner Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association ( 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.


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!


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March 9, 2015- H&M is thrilled to announce a partnership with Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, and interior design start up Homepolish. H&M will open the doors to their first house outfitted entirely in H&M Home product, giving six lucky winners a free place to stay in Austin, Texas for the South by Southwest® Conferences and Festivals. The H&M Home, situated at the heart of the SXSW action, was decorated in collaboration with Homepolish, a non-traditional interior design firm bringing the luxury of a personal interior designer for every budget. Each room was carefully curated with a unique theme in mind, all capturing the laid back essence of classic Austin style. In celebration, the giving continues with “Buy Home, Give Home” in which $300,000 worth of H&M Home product will be donated to those in need through the national charity K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers.

Fans will be able to tell H&M why they deserve to stay in one of the three bedrooms at the newly renovated Airbnb residence. The listing and contest will go live on beginning at 2pm CDT on March 9th for just thirty-three hours, where three entries will be chosen for the Interactive portion of the festival, and will resume at 9am CDT on March 13th for just thirty-six hours, where three additional entries will be chosen for the Music portion of the festival. The six lucky winners, along with a guest, will each win the opportunity of a lifetime – a free, five-night stay in the SXSW Airbnb H&M Home.

To celebrate and continue with the spirit of giving, H&M Home is helping to improve the lives of those who need it most through its new partnership with K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers. To kick off the annual alliance, the global retailer has donated H&M Home product worth $300,000. K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers will distribute the brand new pieces to families, adults, and children in need through community non-profit partners. The public is invited to support this effort with online cash donations to K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers at

H&M Home is a range of the retailers’ fashion assortments, combining interiors and design with a broad range of textile and décor offerings suitable for every taste. H&M Home was launched in the United States in August 2013 on Since, H&M Home has expanded into select stores across the country, making it easy for customers to update their home with the latest décor styles at an affordable price.

To view the Airbnb H&M Home listing, please visit the links below:

The Texan Suite  The Azul Abode  The Hud Room

To shop H&M Home, please visit Here.

For more information about Homepolish, please visit Here.

#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

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

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





H&M, Hennes & Mauritz, is giving back this #GivingTuesday and we want you to join us! On December 2, 2014 the retailer pays it forward by donating $7.5 million of new apparel to help dress people in need this Holiday season, in partnership with not-for-profit organization K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers.

In celebration of #GivingTuesday, visit any H&M store on December 2nd, for one day only, to join the retailer in giving back to the underprivileged through a customer register drive.   All donations raised will directly benefit K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers. Customers can also donate by visiting

Supporting local Communities is one of H&M’s commitments to a more sustainable future. “H&M is happy to make this donation to people who need it most at a time they need it most.” says Daniel Kulle, U.S. President for H&M. “This initiative is built on passion, long-term thinking and teamwork and could not be done without the support of our loyal customers. The Holidays are such a significant time and we think it is important to help our communities by providing essential clothing and accessories for men, women and children in need.” 

“We have been working with retailers and manufacturers for 28 years, providing new donated product to community charities for serving the underprivileged,” said K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers President Joel Newman. “H&M’s generous gift makes them our 4th largest apparel donor for 2014, and demonstrates their commitment to giving back.”

The cash donations made on #GivingTuesday will help K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers deliver donated product from H&M and other companies directly to the people who need it most.

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc. is an organization that donates unused clothing, accessories and other product to people in need. K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers works to unite retailers, manufacturers, foundations, and individuals to help those impacted by poverty and tragedy receive new merchandise. The organization gifts new product including apparel, accessories, shoes, furniture, toys, books, school supplies, and other items that have been donated from companies. This merchandise is distributed through a network of over 800 charities across the country, helping to improve the well-being of at-risk individuals. Since to company’s inception in 1985, K.I.D.S/Fashion Delivers has distributed over $1 billion worth of product to those in need.

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (publ) was founded in Sweden in 1947 and is quoted on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm. The company’s business concept is to offer fashion and quality at the best price. In addition to H&M, the group includes the brands & Other Stories, Cheap Monday, COS, Monki and Weekday as well as H&M Home. The H&M Group has around 3,300 stores in 54 markets including franchise markets. In 2013, sales including VAT were SEK 150,090 million and the number of employees is more than 116,000. For further information, visit

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

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

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

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.

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, 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

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

Picture Perfect: Casamie Kids Line supports K.I.D.S. through sales of its wall decors for children



Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) is proud to welcome CASAMIE Kids Line to its family of supporters as the creator of creative wall decors for children’s rooms and nurseries launches a yearlong fundraising program to help us brighten the lives of children in need.  CASAMIE Kids Line creates art-inspired, fun, and educational goods for children that are simple and fun ways to refresh a child’s room. Casamie, pronounced kã-zã’mi or ka-za’mi, also creates customized pieces.

CASAMIE’s goal is for their customers to have long-lasting, good memories with their products and thereby develop a brand valued for posterity. CASAMIE aims to positively impact its communities both locally and globally and has established the CASAMIE Reach Kids Program, which benefits children by supporting philanthropic organizations and foundations committed to empowering and improving the lives of children.

Under the CASAMIE Reach Kids Program, CASAMIE Kids Line donates one U.S. dollar of every single item sold from a selected product category to charities such as K.I.D.S. with 100% of the funds generated going to nonprofit organizations at the end of the program year.

From now until August of 2014, sales of framed art prints from the CASAMIE Bear Collection and the Nautical Flag Alphabets, among others, will support K.I.D.S.’ work.  Visit CASAMIE Kids Line online today and help them help children in need by supporting K.I.D.S.!