K.I.D.S. President Janice Weinman Steps Down To Assume A New Position

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Global charity that gives brand new clothing, shoes, school supplies and more to children in distressed situations announces search for successor.

Kevin Burke, Chairman of the Board of K.I.D.S. (Kids In Distressed Situations), said today that Janice Weinman, president of the 27-year-old charitable organization has resigned. Ms. Weinman has been named Chief Executive Officer of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc. effective June 18.

"We are grateful to Janice for her nine years of brilliant leadership that has been instrumental in achieving unparalleled success for K.I.D.S.," said Mr. Burke who is also President and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA). "We wish her the best and know that she will provide the bright flame that will make Hadassah continue to shine in medicine, education and social service programs."

Mr. Burke explained that the K.I.D.S. Board of Directors' Personnel Committee will begin a search for a new president immediately and recommend a recruitment process to the Board's Executive Committee. Mr. Burke said an interim executive who will lead the charity's staff will be appointed soon and Ms. Weinman will remain with K.I.D.S. until June.

Referring to her departure as filled with "bittersweet emotions," Ms. Weinman noted that Hadassah had her heritage and heart.    "My love for K.I.D.S. and my steadfast belief in its mission made the decision to leave a very difficult one," said Ms. Weinman, "but I am confident that the organization is positioned to grow and poised to reach new levels of success."

More than $1 billion in new clothing, shoes, toys, books, baby products and other items have been distributed by K.I.D.S. to over 67 million children in the United States and around the world since the charity was founded in 1985.

K.I.D.S. provides assistance through generous new product donations from more than 1,000 manufacturers, retailers and licensees in the children's business, as well as sustaining partnerships with corporations, foundations and communities. They have all made it possible for K.I.D.S. to give children and often their families, self-esteem and hope through a gift of brand new items.

The charity works with local partner agencies across the country to accomplish its mission to provide new merchandise to communities devastated by natural disasters; families hit with life-altering circumstances, and communities that suffer from chronic poverty.

Because of K.I.D.S.' new product donors and dedicated volunteers, the organization maintains a 2 1/2% overhead that enables 97.5% to go directly to those in need of assistance. That is why K.I.D.S. is listed in the Forbes 200 Top Charities and the national Better Business Bureau's top charity rankings for the last three years, and has received a four-star rating for the last four years from Charity Navigator.    

Readers interested in learning more about K.I.D.S. are invited to visit http://www.kidsdonations.org.

EDITOR'S NOTE: To speak with Kevin Burke or Janice Weinman, or for more information about K.I.D.S., please contact Nancy Trent or Pamela Wadler at 212-966-0024 or email pam(at)trentandcompany(dot)com.

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