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Announcing the new Minions gold heart pin

Illumination and Universal Pictures have collaborated with Variety – the Children’s Charity to create limited-edition gold heart pins featuring a new character from Illumination’s action-packed new animated film, Minions: The Rise of Gru, which arrives in theaters July 1, 2022. The collector’s item pin featuring the unforgettable new Minion, Otto, who sports braces and is

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Variety, the Children’s Charity of Buffalo & WNY Announces $906,060 raised during The 60th Annual Variety Kids Telethon!

Lancaster, NY (www.varietybuffalo.org) Thank you Buffalo, and all of Western New York, for your support of the 60th Annual Variety Kids Telethon, raising $906,060 for the Variety Club of Buffalo Tent #7! These funds directly support Oishei Children’s Hospital, and other Children’s charities. The 60th annual telethon event aired Saturday, March 5, 2022 on WGRZ-TV

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$53K Raised for Variety Kids!

New Year, New Ways of Showing Heart. The last two years have had an enormous impact on the non-profit sector. Charities are still recovering from COVID-related losses, yet are faced with higher demand from families. This means that charities must search for innovative ways to raise those much-needed funds. For Variety, we implemented a brand

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Bringing the love to your screen this February! 

Introducing ‘ShowHeart’ Variety’s first-ever Virtual Charity Concert/Streamathon featuring up to 50+ musicians/bands from across the world. The concert series will broadcast live on Twitch over a series of five-days celebrating Heart month, February. The concert opens at 6:00am EST Toronto Canada/USA, 11am GMT London UK and 10pm AEDT Sydney/Melbourne AUS on February 13, headlined by Twitch streamer and host, Josh Taerk (Twitch.tv/JoshTaerkMusic). The streamathon

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When the Barista Asked What My Son With Special Needs Has

By Jill Zane I stopped at my usual morning iced coffee place, and as I was paying for my caffeine, the woman behind the counter asked what Caden has. She asked because I was wearing my Team Caden shirt — a shirt I wear with pride as often as possible, a shirt that has raised

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It’s More Than Convenience to Me

By Jill F. Bamber, CTVI, MEd, MOM Let me introduce myself. I’m that lucky mom who gets to use those convenient parking spots right in front; you know, the ones that are often empty and right by the door. But you see, parking there is more than convenience for me. I have a son who

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Increasingly, Parents Push For Inclusive Playgrounds

By AIMEE BLANCHETTE, MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE/MC Originally posted in the Disability Scoop Four-year-old Lucas Dean has to have three things when he goes to the playground: long pants, Mickey Mouse gardening gloves and lots of energy. He needs them to crawl through the rough wood chips to reach the slides, stairs and swings. Lucas, who

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There’s just something about that flight.

Once again I sat on a Chicago-bound airplane, about 30,000 feet above the earth, when the tears started flowing. It’s nothing new. I have been crying on that hour-long flight from Kansas City to Chicago for years. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the airlines put me on some sort of ‘emotional wreck’ watch

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Homework Help for Kids with Special Needs

By: Terri Mauro It’s normal for a child to hate doing homework, but for children with special learning, motor or developmental needs, that hatred can blow up into tantrums, meltdowns, and endless nag-a-thons. It doesn’t have to be that way. There are ways to make the homework experience less painful for all involved. You may

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