Gander Fire Rescue exceeds goal for children’s winter clothing drive

It’s been a different year for Gander Fire Rescue.

Normally, members’ calendar would be filled with things like handing out Halloween candy to children at the hospital or opening the fire hall for tours. However, things like that were scuttled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Still, the fire department was hoping to do something this year.

With that in mind, some members of the department came up with the idea of collecting winter clothing for children.

“We just thought we were going to get jackets and stuff, but people were asking if they could donate certain items and we said, ‘Certainly, go ahead,’” said Addison Quilty, Gander Fire Rescue’s assistant deputy fire chief.

The department’s goal was to collect the same number of winter clothing as there are fire hydrants in Gander.

That set their aim at 427 pieces of clothing. They didn’t care if it was mittens, gloves, toques, jackets or boots, as long as the department was able to get what they aimed for.

It turns out they got all of those things in abundance — they’ve collected 432 pieces of clothing.

“We’ve been really impressed,” said Quilty. “We’re still getting things now.”

The pandemic has changed the way organizations handle donated items, and Gander Fire Rescue is no different.

The department put a pair of bins outside the fire hall and once an item was placed in the bin, it stayed there for 24 hours.

When it entered the building, the clothing was cleaned again.

In the next little while, the department will start bagging up what they’ve collected and delivered it to the Salvation Army.

From there, the church’s community and family services division in Gander will distribute the items where they are needed.

“The Salvation Army is certainly very grateful for that kind of partnership with us, to be able to provide that kind of practical donation to help people for the cold winter months,” said Maj. Rene Loveless, public relations and development secretary with the provincial Salvation Army. “That’s fabulous.”

Loveless said he was impressed with the number of items the Gander fire department collected in a short period.

Ensuring children have adequate clothes for the winter months, which can be harsh at times in central Newfoundland, was at the heart of the Gander Fire Rescue clothing drive.

To see that effort to help children was something that stood out for Loveless.

“It’s a beautiful thing, really,” said Loveless.

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The department isn’t done collecting clothing just yet. They’ve set a deadline of Dec. 6 and then they will stop collecting.

In the meantime, their final number could be even higher by the time they call it off next week.

“People are still not afraid to help others out,” said Quilty. “It is a good thing to see.”

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Children’s accessories from Kaisercraft Pty Ltd urgently recalled


By Sahar Mourad For Daily Mail Australia

23:09 27 Nov 2020, updated 23:16 27 Nov 2020

  • The popular children’s items from Kaisercraft Pty Ltd could pose a health risk 
  • The recall says that the accessories could be contaminated by mould 
  • Sold at Majura Park Shopping Centre in ACT between October 28 – November 8 
  • Rattles, blankets and pram accessories are all included in the recall notice

An urgent recall has been issued for children’s rattles, blankets and pram accessories over fears they could be contaminated by mould. 

The four popular kids toys and accessories from Kaisercraft Pty Ltd could pose a serious ‘risk to children with weakened immune systems’.  

They were sold at the Kaisercraft store in the Majura Park shopping centre, near Canberra, between October 28 and November 8. 

Plush lion baby rattle
The monkey plush toy
Utopia unicorn cuddle blanket
Lion plush
They were sold at the Majura Park Shopping Centre in the ACT between October 28 and November 8

‘Exposure to mould spores may affect those with allergies and can cause an adverse reaction, including an allergic reaction, infection or health complications,’ the recall read. 

The affected items include the Monkey and Utopia Unicorn Cuddle blankets and the Finn Fox and Utopia Unicorn pram accessories.

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Customers urged to return the items immediately for a full refund (pictured: recalls issued)

The baby rattles in the shape of a sheep, koala, lion and deer were also listed in the recall, including the plush koala, lion, and utopia unicorn rattle.  

The company has urged all customers to immediately return all items to their closest Kaisercraft store for a full refund. 

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Actor Alia Bhatt starts a children’s clothing brand Ed-a-Mamma

Indian film actor Alia Bhatt launched her own conscious clothing apparel brand for children, Ed-a-Mamma, in October 2020. The brand caters to children aged two to 14. A completely homegrown brand, Ed-a-Mamma is currently available on the ecommerce platform Firstcry, and has sold 70 percent of its first season’s collection in six weeks of launch. The startup is self-funded and is founded by Alia.

Alia Bhatt said, ‘This is a time of great uncertainty for the whole world. The universe is sending us a message: that if we mess with nature, there is a price we all have to pay. If there is a way when we can coexist with nature, include a way to care for nature in everything we do, it would go a long, long way. I’ve tried doing this with a universe of products for children.”

“Every detail does its bit for mother nature. Be it non-synthetic garments, buttons that don’t use plastic, seed bombs that help you grow a garden. Why children’s products? To catch them young and create a love for nature at an early age,” she added.

Alia Bhatt

Alia Bhatt

The press statement added that Ed-a-Mamma currently has three collections — Veggie Squad, Friends of the Ocean, and Candyland, with apparel for little girls and boys ranging from tops, tees and shirts, skirts, dresses, jumpsuits, and bottoms.

The products are all environmentally friendly and are made of natural fibres. The buttons and trims too are plastic free. Ed-a-Mamma also makes use of leftover fabric to make hair ties and potlis. The statement added that Ed-a-Mamma is pegged on storytelling and engaging with children at multiple levels.

It seeks to create conversation with its core target audience, inculcate good habits, and encourage children to adopt environment first practices, kindness towards animals, and make better choices.

Apart from Ed-a-Mamma, Alia previously also started Coexist, an online platform that highlights ecological and animal welfare issues. She had also started Mi Wardrobe is Su Wardrobe (MiSu), a closet sharing initiative, roping in industry friends and colleagues to expand the scope of conversation around conservation.

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Brooklyn Featured In Children’s ‘Love Story’ To NYC Fashion

BROOKLYN, NY — The release of former Brooklyn shop owner Stacy Johnson’s first children’s book may be the realization of her own 20-year dream, but she hopes it is just the start of one for a new generation of fashionistas.

The new book, “Mabel The Fashion Muse,” aims to give kids a realistic look into New York City’s fashion industry through the adventures of a come-to-life dress form, inspired by the mannequin Johnson used in real life when starting out in the business.

“Most books or story lines about fashion depicted petty social drama or were an unrealistic view on how the fashion industry actually worked,” Johnson told Patch.

“I wanted to create this book to inspire future designers and give girls the tools and power to be their own fashion entrepreneur some day. I think a whimsical dress form, like Mabel, is the perfect relatable character to tell my entrepreneurial story.”

Johnson, a Parsons School of Design graduate, owned Stacia New York boutiques in Carroll Gardens and Dumbo before moving to California in 2004.

The idea for “Mabel The Fashion Muse” started when she was still in Brooklyn and Mabel was the trademark for her burgeoning business, Johnson said, though she didn’t yet have the time to dedicate herself to writing the book.

Fittingly, 20 years later, the children’s book is a “love story to NYC.”

“Girls who dream of being a designer will enjoy the colorful watercolor depictions of New York City life,” Johnson said.

Mabel’s adventures include strolls through Dumbo under the Manhattan Bridge, the boutiques on Smith Street, an F train subway stop, a designer showroom hotspot on Manhattan’s Seventh Avenue, a famous button kiosk and Canal Street in Chinatown, Johnson said.

Most of the stories have ties to Johnson’s real-life experiences in the fashion industry, whether it be finding perfect accessories for a show or being backstage ushering models onto the runway. Each page also includes a “quick tip box” at the bottom of the page that gives the reader a little more insider information, Johnson said.

The idea, Johnson said, is to give young readers an “entrepreneurial seed” rather than just a “frivolous book” about the industry. Kids can also go to her website for more design-related activities.

“I know growing up loving fashion and wanting to be a designer myself, I would have devoured a resource like this, providing an insider’s view of a day in the life of a designer preparing for a big fashion show,” she said.

Check out some of the NYC spots featured in the book here:

All photos Courtesy of Stacy Johnson and Austin Macauley Publishers.

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Gift Of $1M To Expand 3D Printing At Rady Children’s Hospital

SAN DIEGO, CA — Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego has received $1 million from the Helen and Will Webster Foundation to rapidly expand the hospital’s investment and use of medical 3D printing solutions to improve care, education and surgical outcomes for children, officials said Monday.

The gift will create a research and development fund intended to expand those 3D printing capabilities.

“Rich and his family continue their father’s legacy of investing in innovation that changes lives,” said Dr. Patrick Frias, president and CEO of the hospital. “This gift will help to accelerate the development of breakthrough 3D medical solutions and life-changing inventions — the impact of this investment to future generations of children can’t be overstated.”

Will Webster Jr. founded Webster Laboratories where he and his team engineered and manufactured heart catheters, among them a device that enabled doctors to diagnose and treat a congenital heart arrhythmia called Wolf- Parkinson-White Syndrome. In 1996, his business became part of Johnson & Johnson, and Monday it continues to operate as Biosense Webster. He and his wife established the Helen and Will Webster Foundation to support educational and health care causes. His son, Rich Webster, is co-president of the foundation.

“Rady Children’s has established itself as an institution committed to forward-looking innovations to the greatest benefit of their patients — the nearly 250,000 children it cares for each year,” Rich Webster said. “The trailblazing, interdisciplinary work taking place in its 3D lab is exactly what my father dedicated his life to inspiring. My family and I are pleased to continue this tradition in his and my mother’s names.”

The Webster Foundation previously invested $100,000 at Rady to support the 3D heart modeling program and Dickinson Family Image-Guided Intervention Center. According to a hospital statement, nearly one in every 100 babies born has a congenital heart defect and approximately 25% of those babies require surgery or other procedures before their first birthdays.

The hospital’s 3D research lab has been renamed the Helen and Will Webster Foundation 3D Innovations Lab.

Most recently, the lab’s biomedical engineers developed 3D-printed nasal swabs to enable expanded COVID-19 testing, reusable face shields for medical professionals that can be disinfected and splitters for ventilators to maximize usage capacity for patients.

“The investment from the Webster family will change, dramatically, how we plan surgical interventions for some of the sickest children in our care,” said lab director Justin Ryan.

“As a medical community, we are rapidly expanding the use of 3D and emerging additive manufacturing technologies such as virtual reality, mixed reality and augmented reality to improve how we care for patients. Our lab serves the community by leveraging these incredible technological developments to do something so fundamental, yet revolutionary — enable a doctor or surgeon to see and interact with anatomy prior to ever stepping foot in an operating room. It’s an exciting frontier in pediatric care that is limited only by our imaginations,” Ryan said.

— City News Service

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Local organization to hold free children’s clothing event in Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia (CCEVA) will host a free children’s clothing event for mothers in need on Thursday.

The event will take place on November 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at CCEVA’s main office located at 5361-A Virginia Beach Blvd.

This event allows parents in need to shop for baby clothing, sizes newborn to 5t, blankets, hats, shoes, diapers and a small selection of toys.

It will be first come, first served and a bag will be provided to parents for their items.

All shoppers will be required to fill out a client intake form upon arrival and then remain in their car until their number is called to practice proper social distancing. Face masks are also required.

Bryant & Stratton College’s mobile clothing closet, Gayle’s Closet, will also be on site to provide free professional clothing for men and women.

Gayle’s Closet is a campus initiative to help students and local residents get professional clothing. Shoppers are eligible for one free outfit. Clothing will be available in sizes 6-22.

Catholic Charities pregnancy and parenting support program offers case management services to help pregnant women and new parents with immediate needs as well as help create a long term goal action planning towards self-sufficiency.

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Children’s clothing retailer Carter’s to close at least 200 stores

Children’s clothing retailer Carter’s said in its latest earnings call that’s it is planning to close at least 200 stores, including its OshKosh B’gosh locations, as leases expire over the next couple of years.

The closures will account for about 25% of Carter’s store portfolio. The focus will be older, lower-profit stores in declining shopping centers, Carter’s said.

About 80% of the stores will close by the end of 2022.

There are currently 10 Carter’s and six OshKosh B’gosh stores in New Jersey, according to the company’s website. A store closing list was not provided, so it’s unknown if any locations in the Garden State will be affected.

A Carter’s spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Carter’s, which was founded in 1865, operates 850 stores throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Like many retailers, the company has ramped up its e-commerce sales this year as shopping trends have shifted online. Right now, you can find puffer jackets starting at $20 and receive 50% off if you purchase three pairs of shoes at both Carter’s and OshKosh B’gosh.

You can also find its co-brands Simple Joys on Amazon and Child of Mine at Walmart.

Gap, Walmart, GameStop, Brooks Brothers, New York & Company, Nordstrom and Sur La Table are among the many retail companies that also have recently announced store closures.

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Promise to Expand Intermountain Healthcare, Primary Children’s Hospital Pediatric Behavioral Health Services Inspires $10 Million Gift

Gift to the Intermountain Foundation will help Intermountain Healthcare and Primary Children’s expand and enhance behavioral health services to improve mental wellness in children and teens and help prevent mental health crises.

Greg and Julie Cook
Greg and Julie Cook
Greg and Julie Cook

Salt Lake City, Utah, Oct. 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Intermountain Healthcare and Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital are launching a bold plan to enhance mental and behavioral health services for children and teens in crisis throughout the Intermountain West – an effort that has inspired an extraordinary $10 million gift from Utah community leaders Greg and Julie Cook.  

The Cooks’ generous and transformational gift to the Intermountain Foundation will help Intermountain Healthcare and the experts at Primary Children’s expand and enhance behavioral health services to improve mental wellness in children and teens and help prevent mental health crises. 

Suicide is a leading cause of death among children ages 10-17 years. Intermountain Healthcare’s hospital emergency departments have seen a more than 300 percent increase in pediatric mental health crises over the past eight years, and an estimated 40 percent of kids who have depression are not getting care, said Katy Welkie, RN, MBA, CEO of Primary Children’s Hospital and Vice President of Intermountain Children’s Health. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has also highlighted the ongoing need for additional mental, behavioral, and emotional health resources,” Welkie said. “It is our responsibility as a community of passionate, motivated, and family-driven individuals to tackle this crisis head on. Thanks to the generous gift given by the Cook family, we will continue to build on our primary promise to offer additional support for children in our community.”

For teenagers like Holland, these services are critical to achieving a hopeful future.

“I think I just stopped caring. I was living like it was my last day, every day. I didn’t feel like I had a future, or anywhere to go,” said Holland, 16, recalling her struggle before getting help from Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital’s behavioral health services. “I’m really grateful that there’s someone to talk to now.” 

With the help of the Cooks’ gift, Intermountain Healthcare and Primary Children’s Hospital will begin to offer: 

  • A new pediatric assessment, referral, and consultation service to screen, triage, and place children in the right services, both virtually and in person. Services will include both crisis response and stabilization, as well as a full array of treatment options.

  • Expansion of available care options, including a call center, TeleHealth services, and in-home crisis services. The call center will connect families to local providers and services throughout the Intermountain West.

  • A new pediatric behavioral health unit located at the second Primary Children’s Hospital campus being built in Lehi. Offering both inpatient and outpatient services, the new hospital will include a 12-bed behavioral health unit with private outdoor space conducive to healing and spiritual health. 

The new Lehi hospital location was selected to ensure the shortest drive time possible for the rapidly growing Utah County community.

“When we learned about Intermountain’s effort to

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Woman crashes wedding claiming groom is her husband and children’s father

A wedding ceremony in Zambia came to a halt after the groom’s real wife turned up at the church. Abraham Muyunda was about to get married when Caroline Mubita barged in with the couple’s three children on Monday, October 12. The woman claimed that the husband had left the family home in the morning, telling her that he was going out of town for work. The woman’s arrival at the church was caught on video by a wedding guest. Since the video became viral, the man reportedly spoke out about the incident. He claimed that the woman had left him years ago when he faced financial troubles. She only returned as he was doing better. He also said that his family and the family of the bride-to-be supported their marriage even after knowing about his previous marriage.

Muyunda’s wedding guests were shocked when a woman with a child strapped to her back turned up at a catholic church in Chainda. A wedding guest started recording the incident as the woman started saying that the groom was already married to her. She was accompanied by three children who were reportedly fathered by the groom.

In the video, the guest seemed as bewildered as Mubita. Some of the guests were seen trying to talk to her but she kept talking to the priest who was officiating the marriage. The video went viral on social media.

According to Zambian Observer, the man who works for the Zambia Revenue Authority lived with Mubita. On the day of his second wedding, he told the woman that he was going out of town on official work. She was alerted of what was going on behind her back by a neighbour so she rushed to stop the wedding.

The man was reportedly held by the police. It is unknown if he has been charged with bigamy which has a seven-year sentence in Zambia.

Since the video went viral, the Face of Malawi reported the man’s side of the story. Muyunda claimed that he and his estranged wife had separated in 2013. She supposedly left him when he lost his job. He believes she barged in on the wedding as she wanted to be a part of his life since he was financially stable again. He also said that his family and his new bride’s family knew about his past. They were supportive of the new relationship.

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Alternative Children’s Roles in Weddings – All About the "Awww" Factor

Traditionally, weddings usually consist of one flower girl and one ring bearer. These children are most often from the bride’s side of the family and are children between about three to ten years of age.

But what if you have a large family and lots of friends with young children? What if you wish to include your fiancée’s side of the family as well? Or perhaps you don’t want to cut out including your friends and family that are more in their “tweens”, simply because they’re older than the traditional flower girl and ring bearer age.

Everything about wedding traditions is changing, and the roles of the wedding party are no exception. This opens up new opportunity to include everyone, decreasing the chances of hurt feelings in the family.

Alternative roles for your tiny tots are abundant. You just need to be creative! Think outside the basket or pillow and go for some of these fun and equally adorable ideas. This way, everyone has something to contribute.

Give small bouquets or individual flowers to one or two of the girls to be carried down the aisle and given to the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom.

Make older children junior bridesmaids or groomsmen instead of flower girls and ring bearers.

Ask a couple of girls to carry your train behind you instead of flowers in front of you.

Girls can carry baskets of flowers to be handed out to guests as they come up the aisle. This is usually best done with older girls who won’t be as easily distracted or as likely to “chicken out”.

Ask children to pass out programs, bird seeds, scroll, bubbles, or other hand-outs either before or after the ceremony.

Don’t forget the pets! You can certainly include the family dog as a ring bearer or “best dog.” Just make sure if you’re actually going to tie rings to him/her that someone is responsible for handling the dog so there are no runaway rings! Also, it’s best to be sure the dog is friendly and can handle being in a large crowd.

If you can’t help but include teeny tiny little tots that won’t be able to stand up or walk long enough to make it down the aisle themselves, why not ask older children to pull them down the aisle in a decorated wagon? This is sure to get plenty of “awwww… “

One hot new trend is for children to carry a sign as they walk down the aisle ahead of you. “Here Comes the Bride” is a popular one. After the ceremony, they can follow you with “Just Married”!

If you do wish to incorporate more than one ring bearer but still like the traditional ring on a pillow idea, why not have one little guy carry the bride’s rings and another little guy carry the groom’s ring?

Another popular new trend, usually best for outdoor weddings, is for little ones to blow bubbles to announce the entrance …

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