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Make Wishes Come True

Gifts To Feed A Child Hospitals For Children Make The World Safer For Children Holiday Water Bottles Aid Festive Pajamas Fund For Children Different Kind of Giving Great Gifts Made Easy

Make Wishes Come True

(NAPSI)—This holiday season, you can help Santa grant special wishes just by writing him a letter.

To help bring a smile to the face of a child with a life-threatening medical condition, simply visit any Macy's store before December 25th and write a letter to Santa at the Believe Station or drop off a stamped letter already addressed to Santa in the red "Santa Mail" letter boxes.

For each letter mailed at Macy's, the famous department store will donate a dollar, up to $1 million, to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. You can download a letter template at www.macys.com/believe or write one of your own.

Macy's Believe campaign is inspired by The New York Sun's famous "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" editorial from 1897 in reply to a little girl's question about Santa's existence. An animated television special about this heartwarming holiday story, called "Yes, Virginia," is also available as a DVD and children's book, with 10 percent of the purchase price of those sold at Macy's donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, too.

To find a store, visit www.macys.com.

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Give A Gift That Helps To Feed A Child

(NAPSI)—At a time of year when some children dream of holiday treats, others dream of eating regularly. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help the estimated one out of five children in the U.S. at risk of hunger.

Here are some tips:

• Purchase No Kid Hungry $10 Holiday Gift Tags: Every dollar you donate helps connect a child in need to 10 meals.

• Donate the Cost of Your Lunch: Whether you decide to brown-bag it or stick with your normal lunch routine, donating the cost of one of your meals—around $10—to a charity that helps to fight hunger can help to make a difference.

• Support the No Kid Hungry Campaign: Through its No Kid Hungry campaign, Share Our Strength is working to end childhood hunger in America by surrounding kids with nutritious food where they live, learn and play.

Individuals can start by taking the No Kid Hungry pledge. Then they can participate in a number of ways, from holding bake sales and dinners designed to raise awareness and money to support the program to creating online communities that focus on eliminating childhood hunger in a specific location.

•Keep an eye out for special opportunities to support No Kid Hungry. Check out Williams-Sonoma, Hickory Farms, Arby's, Whole Foods Market, The Land of Nod, Tastefully Simple, and Chicago Metallic.

To learn more, visit www.NoKidHungry.org.

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Helping Children Live The Best Possible Life

(NAPSI)—Every year there are 12,000 new cases of spinal cord injuries (SCI) in the U.S. Approximately 10 percent affect children under age 16.

The implications of SCI last a lifetime, point out the experts at Shriners Hospitals for Children®, often resulting in some degree of paralysis and disruption of the body's voluntary and involuntary actions.

In addition to providing expert medical and rehabilitative care, it is important for caregivers to be aware of and meet the developmental, social and educational needs of children and adolescents with spinal cord injuries to ensure they have the best opportunity for a full, satisfying life.

In the mid-1980s, Shriners Hospitals for Children established the nation's first SCI rehabilitation programs specifically designed for children and teenagers. Shriners Hospitals for Children is involved in spinal cord injury research, including quality of life studies, the refinement of diagnostic standards specifically for pediatric injuries and studies to understand the complexities of regenerating the spinal cord.

Patients participating in these programs—at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Chicago, Philadelphia and Sacramento, Calif.—receive the complete range of services.

The family-centered rehabilitation program is interdisciplinary, offering each patient a complete, easily accessible care program. The treatment team may include a variety of surgeons and other physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, therapeutic recreation specialists, psychologists, social workers and dietitians.

Exercise and activity-based rehabilitation, including aqua therapy, pet therapy and adaptive sports, are important parts of the effort. These activities build strength and stamina and increase social interaction, confidence and independence. Some of the hospitals also offer specialty camps emphasizing aspects of health, fitness and independence.

In addition to providing the best, most innovative care possible, the hospitals are involved in several research efforts involving SCI.

Currently, the hospitals are funding 10 research and clinical studies involving different aspects of SCI, ranging from cell repair to quality of life issues. In addition, researchers at Shriners Hospitals for Children share their expertise through academic affiliations at noteworthy institutions and by providing opportunities for postdoctoral researchers.

Shriners Hospitals for Children depends on donations to fund its research programs. For information on ways you can support this effort, visit www.donate2SHC.org.

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Limited Edition Collection Makes The World Safer For Children

(NAPSI)—An old-world apothecary known for its skin care products and an artist known for his vibrant artwork have teamed up to make the world safer for children.

With the shared vision of creating safer, sustainable and positive environments for children, the skin care company Kiehl's Since 1851 and the contemporary artist Jeff Koons have partnered on a Limited Edition Creme de Corps Holiday Collection, featuring his artwork, "Balloon Flower (Yellow)."

One hundred percent of Kiehl's worldwide net profits of this collection, up to $200,000, will be donated to The Koons Family Institute on International Law and Policy, an initiative of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC). The global nonprofit organization combats child sexual exploitation and abduction.

The limited edition collection consists of three sizes of Kiehl's classic body moisturizer with a limited edition label featuring Koons' art as well as a Limited Edition Jeff Koons Bottle Art, a scaled reference to his iconic "Balloon Flower" sculpture, that is designed to adorn the Creme de Corps bottle top.

The super-enriched body treatment contains a blend of nourishing natural ingredients that are ideal for extremely dry skin. It has been a customer favorite for decades.

For more information, visit www.kiehls.com.

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Holiday Water Bottles Aid Communities In Need

(NAPSI)—There is good news for those who wish to do good while embracing a healthier lifestyle.

The maker of the best-selling reusable water bottle has teamed up with a company that brings clean water to developing communities. Their objective is to help those in need this holiday season. The result is a holiday gift that may make a life-changing difference for those without access to clean water.

Working together, Water.org and CamelBak have created limited-edition graphics for the CamelBak Groove, a reusable bottle with a filter built into the straw to bring tap water in and freshly filtered water out. The artwork is intended to evoke the ripple effect of water droplets and is available in BPA-free Tritan plastic or insulated stainless steel.

With the purchase of each custom-designed Groove bottle, $10 will be donated to Water.org's effort to bring safe drinking water and sanitation to some of the 884 million people in need throughout the world.

Transforming Communities

Co-founded by actor and advocate Matt Damon and social entrepreneur Gary White, Water.org is a nonprofit organization that has transformed hundreds of communities in Africa, South Asia and Central America by providing access to clean water and sanitation.

"Matt and I co-founded Water.org to make a difference and end the suffering around the world from not having safe water," said Water.org Co-Founder and Executive Director Gary White. "We chose the CamelBak Groove bottle because of its unique design, the company's continued commitment to innovation and its generous support of the safe water cause."

Using Social Media

Expanding on last year's Water.org "Bottle Project," which provided safe, clean water to more than 10,000 people around the world, CamelBak has added a Facebook Give Bak™ "like" campaign with the goal of helping an additional 2,000 people in need. To participate, visit www.facebook.com/CamelBak.

To learn more about the limited-edition water bottles, visit http://gift.water.org.

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Don't Forget The PJs

(NAPSI)—This could be a great year to start a new tradition or revive an old one-getting the kids festive pajamas for the holidays. A cozy way to boost their seasonal spirit is to give them PJs with a holiday theme.

Tea Collection has some festive options: a fun collection of super-soft boys' and girls' pajamas in a variety of prints. Whether your kids like dueling tigers, dancing dragons, happy hummingbirds or delicious daisies, they can sleep and celebrate the holidays in fine fashion.

While you're on www.teacollection.com, you can check out the limited edition Little Citizens Pajamas. The graphic on top is a bustling tree of life peppered with animals, trees, a moon and stars and little surprises. The bottoms are a bright burst of red and green stripes. These PJs are a fun way to share the holiday spirit and give back to The Global Fund for Children (GFC). Proceeds from their sale directly support GFC and its work advancing the dignity of children around the world.

Cozy seasonal style has never been merrier.

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A Different Kind Of Giving

(NAPSI)—As trusted messengers in their community, members of the faith community have a unique opportunity to educate their congregations about the life-giving benefits of organ donation. For some individuals who are accident victims or suffering from a life-threatening disease, organ, eye, and tissue donation is "the gift of life."

With more than 112,000 people in the United States waiting for lifesaving organ transplants, the need for a compassionate, committed organ donor base is urgent. And faith communities are a great place to start the conversation about organ, eye, and tissue donation.

Here are some simple ways in which you can help:

• Encourage your faith leader to share the urgent need. Members of your congregation may be unaware of the need, or of their ability to save lives of people waiting for transplants.

• Find out how to register as an organ, eye, and tissue donor in your state, and provide that information to your faith community.

• Talk to your faith leader about participating in National Donor Sabbath, which takes place the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday two weekends before Thanksgiving. It is a special time designated to bring attention to the precious gift of donation. This annual recognition is supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and national and local organ, eye, and tissue organizations.

• Hold a candlelight ceremony or other commemorative event to honor those who have donated the gift of life and to recognize those men, women, and children who are waiting for a lifesaving transplant.

• Arrange educational workshops for your congregation to discuss this sensitive topic. Your local organ procurement organization, Donate Life America chapter and HRSA's Division of Transplantation are excellent resources for appropriate support and materials.

• If the members of your faith community cannot schedule a program about donation during National Donor Sabbath, ask them to select another time that is good for them. The need for donors is ongoing. Any time is a good time to talk about saving lives.

If you would like to learn more about organ, eye, and tissue donation and your faith community, talk to your local faith leaders or visit www.organdonor.gov. This site also offers more ideas on how to start the donation conversation in your place of worship, contact information for local donation organizations and information on how to register as a donor in your state.

 

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Great Gifts Made Easy

(NAPSI)—The holiday season is busy enough without worrying about what to buy, and how much to spend on gifts, for friends, neighbors, teachers, colleagues and hostesses. Simple gifts with a big impact are the ones that you personally enjoy and want to share. So make your gift giving effortless and inspired this season with the luxurious yet affordable taste of Godiva Coffee.

Simply Delicious

Godiva Coffee offers a refreshing break from the daily brew and makes the holiday season even more festive. Fall flavors like Pumpkin Spice and Caramel Pecan Bark evoke warm thoughts of fall days and fresh-from-the-oven treats. Holiday delights such as Peppermint Mocha and Cinnamon Gingerbread Truffle spice up cold winter nights and are the perfect way to treat yourself after a hectic day of shopping.

Gift Giving Made Great

Whether you give the coffee as a stand-alone gift or pair a seasonal favorite like Peppermint Mocha with a special mug or coffeemaker, it's sure to delight anyone on your gift list.

Learn More

For more information, including where to buy and seasonal recipes, visit www.godivacoffee.com.

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