HOLIDAY, Fla. (Jan 20, 2014): Kids Wish Network recently distributed $1.2 million in new gifts to help Florida children facing the adversities of illness, poverty, homelessness and abuse through its Holiday of Hope Gift Bank program.
“Kids Wish Network’s dedication to our youth in the community truly makes a difference.” said Bradley Baumgardner, president of the Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay, one of 52 organizations across the state that benefited from Kids Wish Network’s generosity.
Each organization received pallets brimming with brand new toys, games and gifts from some of the nation’s leading manufacturers and distributors. Every pallet was filled with puzzles, board games, laptop desks, dolls, clothes, educational toys, hygiene and beauty products, technology accessories, cars, craft kits, stuffed animals, and much more.
Camp Boggy Creek, a year round retreat located in Central Florida for children with serious illnesses and their families, was another appreciative recipient of a gift bank.
“Kids Wish Network is amazing,” adds Cindy Handley from Camp Boggy Creek. “Thank you so much for all that you do for these very special children.”
Last year alone, Kids Wish Network assisted over 56,000 kids across the U.S. through its programs and services. The national charity assists children with life-threatening illnesses through its Wish Program. For those facing life-altering situations, Kids Wish Network offers its Hero Program, and children facing poverty, homelessness, abuse and neglect are assisted through its Holiday of Hope On Tour. Gift Banks are just another opportunity for Kids Wish Network to share with child care organizations toys and other children’s items generously donated to Kids Wish Network by product and manufacturer donors.
“It’s an honor to help so many children in our local community and throughout Florida and to see our programs directly benefiting kids,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Anna Lanzatella.
The following organizations recently received a generous donation from Kids Wish Network: AMEN Outreach Ministries; Arnette House; Baycare Behavior Health Children’s Treatment Center; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County; Boys & Girls Club of Port Richey, Pinellas Park, and Tampa Bay; Calvary Chapel Worship Center; Camp Boggy Creek; Champions for Children; Children’s Home Society/Joshua House; Christian Community Church of God; Citrus County Family Resource Center; Dunedin Fire Department; Eckerd Community Alternatives; Tampa Fire Fighters Local 754/Camp Hope Take; Firefighters Charities of Pasco, Inc.; Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch; Fraternal Order of Police Pasco Sheriff’s Lodge 29; Get Involved Community Outreach; Gulf Coast Jewish Families and Community Services; Hannah’s Homeless; Henderson Behavioral Health; Hillsborough County Fire Rescue; Hope Youth Ranch; Kids Central, Inc.; The Kimberly Home, Inc.; Lakeland Fire Department; Mary Help of Christians Center; Mt. Olive AME Church; New Life Solutions; New Port Richey Fire Department; North Pinellas Firefighters’ Charity; PACE Center for Girls; Pasco County Foster Adoptive Parent Association; Pay It Forward Farms; Port Richey Fire Rescue; Project Care Outreach; Ridgewood High School; The ROPE Center/PASCO Homeless; Salvation Army Domestic Violence Program of West Pasco; Sincerely Santa, Inc.; Solid Rock Community School; SOLVE of West Pasco; St. Petersburg Firefighters Charity Fund, Inc.; Sunrise of Pasco County; The Shepherd Center of Tarpon Springs; YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg; The Volunteer Way; HOPE Family Services, Inc.; and West Pasco Pregnancy Center.
Kids Wish Network is a charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experience life-altering situations. While also known as a wish-granting organization, Kids Wish Network has developed key programs to help children and families in need. For more information, visit www.kidswishnetwork.org.