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Kids Love Kids- Summer Session East Brook Middle School

goody_bagParamus, NJ July 5, 2011 – School’s out, but Kids Love Kids keeps on giving. It’s been 18 months since the devastating earthquake in Haiti but kids at one New Jersey school continue to pack colorful bags filled with messages of love and goodies and send them to children in Haiti.
When school ended in June, kids at East Brook Middle School wanted to continue to provide Haitian children with goody bags through The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® program called Kids-Love-Kids. They sent an additional 1,300 goody bags. Kids-Love-Kids is a collaborative program of The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center®, Operation Goody Bag, the Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB), and children from East Brook Middle School. 
“This is our way of letting the children of Haiti know we are thinking of them. It makes all the difference in the world to them,” said Deirdre Imus, Founder of the Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center®. “Since the program began we have shipped almost 5,000 goody bags.  We’d love to continue this program and expand nationally so other schools around the country can participate in this program and help kids affected by natural disasters around the country and around the globe.”
“We want to let the children of Haiti to know they will not be forgotten.  Every goody bag contains a personal note of compassion and inspiration from a child here and includes organic lollipops, Glee Gum, Teddy bears, coloring books and non-toxic crayons,” said Jane Cosco, Founder and Director of Operation Goody Bag,
The contents of each bag costs only $4 to compile. Donate Now    
Operation Goody Bag originated as a service initiative at East Brook Middle School in Paramus, N.J. to help first responders following 9/11.  To date, this single school has distributed more than 200,000 goody bags to U.S. military personnel as well as local fire, rescue, ambulance, and K9 organizations, veterans' homes, VFW posts, military hospitals and U.S. military academies.
CMMB, which celebrates its 100th Anniversary in 2012, has worked in Haiti nearly 100 years.  The placement of the Goody Bags is being managed through its Healing Help program, an initiative that solicited and placed more than $165 million in donated medicines and medical supplies to 173 partners in 38 countries in 2010.  The 1,300 Goody Bags will be distributed by CMMB to local partners working with the children of Haiti. CMMB is the leading U.S.-based Catholic charity focused exclusively on global healthcare. 
The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® at Hackensack University Medical Center represents one of the first hospital-based programs whose specific mission is to identify, control and ultimately prevent toxic exposures in the environment that threaten our children's health. 
About Deirdre Imus:
Deirdre Imus is the Founder and President of The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center ® at Hackensack University Medical Center and Co-Founder/Director of the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer. She is a New York Times best-selling author and a frequent contributor to and Numerous organizations have recognized Ms. Imus’ impact. She was honored with the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northeast Organic Farming Association and named as one of Glamour Magazine’s Eco Heroes for 2009.  Deirdre serves on the boards of several children’s health organizations, including the National Autism Association, Safe Minds, Generation Rescue, SKIP of New York, East Harlem Council for Human Services, Inc., Boriken Neighborhood Health Center and Gilda's Club - Northern NJ.
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