Monkeez Makes a Difference Makes Initial Donations
GDA Staff -- Gifts & Dec, November 27, 2012
CHARLESTON, SC - Monkeez Makes a Difference, the educational and charitable program for children, launched in July by MVP Group International, made its first round of donations to three nationally renowned charity partners: Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, Samaritan's Purse and Best Friends Animal Society.
L to r: Chris Perry, development officer at Best Friends Animal Society, with Monkeez Makes a Difference mascot, Super Sammy, Mary Propes, MVP Group International founder and CEO, and Chrysti Carol Propes, Monkeez Makes a Difference founder and director.
The Monkeez Makes a Difference prgroam donated a total of $46,311 to the three charities and met with the organizations' in October and November to deliver the funds and keepsake checks. Each of the three charities received $15,437.33 in this inaugural round of donations. Liz Scott, co‐executive director and mother of founder Alex of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation; Darren Mullenix, director of operations - donor ministries at Samaritan's Purse; and Chris Perry, development officer at Best Friends Animal Society, met with the Monkeez Makes a Difference team at the MVP Group International headquarters in Charleston to receive donations.
Monkeez Makes a Difference is an interactive experience that teaches children the importance of helping others through kid‐friendly tools like the Genuine Monkeez and Friendsplush characters, online games and real‐life Do Good challenge trading cards; a donation of 10 percent of the wholesale price is made on the child's behalf to one of the three charities of his or her choice.
"We are thrilled at the participation in Monkeez Makes a Difference and thank our retail partners for making these donations possible by carrying the Genuine Monkeez & Friends products in their stores. We're honored to make these donations to our esteemed charity partners on behalf of retailers and children across the country," says Chrysti Carol Propes, founder and director of Monkeez Makes a Difference. "The level of activity in our initial months of operation exceeded our expectations and reinforces our belief that children really can make a difference, learn about helping others and have fun all at the same time. As the holidays approach, we expect to see even more participation as parents and grandparents look for unique ways to talk with children about the lifelong lessons of philanthropy."
Chris Perry, development officer at Best Friends Animal Society said, "This money helps us reach our goal of no more homeless pets."
"Itʹs truly powerful to know that children are solving the problem of childhood cancer through the Monkeez Makes a Difference program," said Liz Scott, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation co‐executive director and mother of founder Alex.
In early December, MVP Group International employees will also head to the Samaritanʹs Purse headquarters in Boone, N.C., to load boxes for one of their largest projects, Operation Christmas Child. The MVP Group team will help to load a portion of the nine million shoe boxes packed with gifts and delivered to children around the world.
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