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Red Sox Kid Nation Helps “Warm Up Winter” For Kids In Need

Quincy, MA (November 15, 2008)

The Cradles to Crayons "Giving Factory" in Quincy, MA was the gathering place on Saturday, Nov. 15 for approximately 60 Red Sox Kid Nation members-some coming from as far away as California. The reason? The first-ever Red Sox Kid Nation Captains community service event.During the event, dubbed "Warm Up Winter," Kid Nation members helped to organize everything from cradles to crayons for distribution to kids ages 0-12 living in homeless and low-income situations in Massachusetts."Warm Up Winter" is the culmination of the first year of the Red Sox Kid National Captains program presented by Hood, in which 12 kids from across the country were selected as Captains with a goal to help organize a "kids helping kids" program. Several of the Kid Nation Captains also brought to the event winter gear they collected during "Warm Up Winter" drives held in their local communities."A portion of Kid Nation membership dues have always gone towards 'kids helping kids,' and with the addition of Captains this year, it was exciting to see how they embraced the idea of putting this philosophy into action," said HP Hood spokesperson Lynne Bohan. "The Red Sox Kid Nation Captains were joined at the Giving Factory by nearly 50 other Red Sox Kid Nation members and their parents. The Kid Nation Captains and members worked in morning and afternoon shifts to clean toys, sort books, package outfits, inspect shoes and get items ready for distribution. During the lunch hour, the kids were treated to a special appearance by the 2007 World Series trophy. They also presented a donation check to Cradles to Crayons on behalf of Kid Nation. "With the number of homeless families in Massachusetts at a record high and likely to rise as the winter progresses our biggest need to help keep local children safe and warm continues to be winter gear: jackets, mittens, hats, boots," said Lynn Margherio, CEO and founder of Cradles to Crayons. "By partnering with HP Hood and the Boston Red Sox we have engaged kids to help other kids in need."The 12 winners of the first-ever Red Sox Kid Nation Captains contest presented by Hood were announced in June after an intense two-month selection process. Nearly 700 applications were reviewed and nearly 32,000 votes were cast on The Captains report to Red Sox Nation President Jerry Remy and Vice President "Regular" Rob Crawford. They were at Fenway Park in August for an inauguration ceremony and Captains "Summit." # # #