NEW YORK — Former president Bill Clinton; Petra Nemcova, the supermodel who survived the tsunami, and 320 retail and fashion executives celebrated two big milestones for Kids in Distressed Situations last week at the St. Regis Hotel — the 20th anniversary of the charity and its $500 million in product donations to 60 million needy children around the world.
Clinton accepted a check for $250,000 for the William J. Clinton Foundation and a pledge for $1 million in product from KIDS and its chairman, Gary Simmons.
“KIDS does great work to help our nation’s most precious resource, children,” Clinton told the crowd. “Children are often the most vulnerable victims of natural disasters, and so I am glad we are helping today to give the gift of hope to these kids. I look forward to being a part of the KIDS effort and working with them to carry out their mission.”
“I believe that if we all work together, we can make a great difference in the lives of children all around the world,” said Nemcova. “I look forward to working with KIDS in the future and want to thank you for your generous donation to President Clinton’s foundation as well as for your $1 million pledge for victims of Hurricane Katrina.”
Kohl’s, American Girl and the Scholastic Corp. all received KIDS Donor Award of Distinction. KIDS is a national charity distributing clothes, toys, shoes, books and other products to nonprofit agencies helping children in homeless shelters, foster care, hospitals and other distressed situations.