K.I.D.S. gets $480,000 in products, donations at ABC show
Home & Textiles Today Staff -- Home Textiles Today, September 29, 2009
New York – The charity Kids in Distressed Situations secured nearly $330,000 worth of juvenile product at this year’s ABC Kids Expo, with more than 100 exhibitors donating show inventory at the end of the event. The non-profit also received a $150,000 grant from All Baby & Child, which organizes the show.
The new product donations were distributed to homeless shelters, centers for abused and neglected children and other programs through the Las Vegas social services system. Much of the juvenile product was also distributed to local military bases.
“We are so grateful to ABC and the exhibitors for their ongoing support of children and families in need,” said Peter Rosenthal, K.I.D.S. board chairman.
“K.I.D.S. provides an opportunity for the industry to ‘Give Back in Brand New Ways’ as we say,” he continued. “The need is greater than ever before, and juvenile-related products are in high demand, especially among the populations our agencies serve.”
The new products collected include toys, blankets, baby bottles, cribs, bedding, furniture, strollers, car seats, books and other items.
K.I.D.S. also announced that it will continue providing help to military families and others in need, thanks to donations of juvenile products from the ABC Kids Expo exhibitors and the grant from ABC. This is the fourth year in a row that ABC has provided the grant, helping K.I.D.S. to distribute over $6 million worth of donated juvenile product in that time.
“Since 2006, ABC has provided K.I.D.S. with an annual grant helping to provide over $1.5 million worth of juvenile product every year to needy families, with first priority going to families on military bases,” said Ken Goore, ABC Kids Expo board chairman. “
During the show, K.I.D.S. also announced a new partnership with Communities in Schools, a national initiative that helps prevent children from dropping out by connecting community resources and schools with at-risk students.
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