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The Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc. not-for-profit organization located in Old Bethpage recently delivered $40,000 in "new" coats and fleece via their "Making a Warmth of Difference Program."

Pictured (L-R) are Lynne Campbell, volunteer coordinator The Social Services Volunteers of Nassau Inc.; Chad Zarate, Kids Helping Kids member; Harriett Rand, assistant volunteer coordinator The Social Services Volunteers of Nassau; Philip Eslick, co-founder Kids Helping Kids

KHK co-founder Philip Eslick, said "the Kids Helping Kids organization has worked hard to allow thousands of Long Island children of all ages to now have new warm coats and apparel for the upcoming winter months. Although many agencies donate used coats, which I know are greatly appreciated, we felt that kids are also deserving of new clothing and have geared our program in this direction."

Once again one of the benefactors of this year's program was The Social Services Volunteers of Nassau Inc. which distribute to needy families and their children throughout Nassau County. They recently received $25,000 in 'new" coats and fleece with brands such as Calvin Klein, Timberland, G-Unit, AND 1 and Mecca. Lynne Campbell, volunteer coordinator from The Social Services Volunteers of Nassau said: "the KHK apparel donation was above and beyond what we expected and in these hard economic times will most certainly come in handy and put smiles on the faces of many children while keeping them warm during the winter months upon us." Another benefactor of this program was the Bright Hope Baptist Church for inner city kids with a KHK donation of $8,000 in "new" coats.

Eslick has worked very closely with the Nassau County Department of Social Services Commissioner, Dr. John Imhof, who noted that since its inception, the KHK organization and the "Making a Warmth of Difference" program has collected and donated thousands of "new" coats, fleece and other winter related apparel ($110,000 retail value) to Nassau County. In addition Commissioner Imhof said that "Kids Helping Kids is an outstanding role model example showing how youngsters reach out and care about kids less fortunate than themselves, especially in times of need." Mr. Bob Ringel, the KHK apparel coordinator, helped secure this winter apparel thanks to the generous donations from importers such as Kids Headquarters, Mr. Cory Silverstein; Mecca 5 Star Kids Marketing and Americo/AND 1, Mr. Issac Levy among others.

The next program Kids Helping Kids plans to launch will be the 2009 "Kids of Distinction Scholarship Program" which now in its fifth year has given $22,500 in scholarships to help fund college expenses for deserving kids within the Town of Oyster Bay. In partnership with the Town of Oyster Bay and Supervisor John Venditto this program is geared toward recognizing kids who do good deeds of their own initiative to benefit their community or individuals above and beyond what they do in school. For more information contact Kids Helping Kids via e-mail at HappyKidsClub@aol.com or call 249-9449.


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