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March 29, 2011



Love Our Children USA announces the upcoming celebration of the Eighth Annual National Love Our Children Day on Saturday, April 2, 2011. An initiative of Love Our Children USA, this special day is celebrated annually on the first Saturday of every April to honor children, strengthen families and raise awareness for efforts to keep children safe. Each year the day is recognized with a proclamation from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

National Love Our Children Day is like Mother's and Father's Day for children and is celebrated across the U.S.  This day was created to acknowledge the value of children and to educate parents on the importance of giving them love, protection and respect, the three essential elements children need to become strong and successful adults. By promoting healthy and happy children and strengthening families through the support of our nation’s communities, we can keep kids safe.

Celebrities who have participated in National Love Our Children Day include: Meredith Vieira (Today Show), Ashleigh Banfield (ABC NEWS), Frank Grillo (Blind Justice, Prison Break), Yvonna Wright (Guiding Light), Tobias Truvillion (One Life To Live), The DEY, and the New Menudo, Melania Trump, Cameron Mathison, Rebecca Budig (All My Children), Maria Sansone of LXTV, Elton John, Bette Midler, Ellen Degeneres, Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Lisa Kudrow, Michael Buble, Daughtry, Kelly Clarkson, Emily Blunt, Sean Hayes, Sting, Beyonce, Phil Collins, Martina McBride, Melissa Etheridge, Jon Bon Jovi, Barry Manilow, Cindy Crawford, Tom Bergeron, Sherri Shepherd (The View host), Mike Woods (Fox 5 Weatherman), Michael Gargiulo (WNBC Co-Anchor "Today In New York), Chris Cimino (News 4 New York), Andrew Siff (News 4 New York), David Ushery (News 4 New York), George Oliphant (LXTV and Open House), Maria Sansone (LXTV), Siafa Lewis (LXTV), Elise Finch (WCBS Weather Anchor) and Soap Opera Stars Ron Raines (Guiding Light), Robert Bogue (Guiding Light), David Gregory (One Life To Live), Michael Lowry (One Life To Live), Martha Byrne (Gotham and As The World Turns, CSI:Miami, Dancing With The Stars, American idol, So You Think You Can Dance, Nancy Kerrigan, the NY Yankees, NE Patriots,  the NBA, Derek Jeter, Muhammad Ali, Frederique Van Der Wal and many others.

National Love Our Children Day has received media coverage on the Today Show, WABC News, Fox 5, LXTV, Better TV, the New York Post, Mom.Logic, NY Family Life, iVillage, InTouch Magazine, Soapdom, Soap Opera Digest, Soap Opera Weekly, 106.7 Lite FM and other media outlets. The first annual National Love Our Children Day was introduced on ABC's 'The View” by Tom Bergeron, host Dancing With The Stars and America's Funniest Home Videos.

Past sponsors of National Love Our Children Day include: Panasonic, Epic Records, Kea + Joby, Spotlight, Uno Chicago Grill, Backpack Toys International (Teddy Ruxpin), Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey Circus, Lord & Taylor, 106.7 Lite FM, Viewpoint, Coral Graphics, Starbucks, Fisher Price, Scholastic, Random House and many others..

Ross Ellis, Founder and Chief Executive Officer said "we urge all parents, families and communities to take time to honor children on each year on the first Saturday of April! Whether you’re a parent or not, children touch your heart in some way. We all have children in our lives, whether it's a son or daughter, relative, friend or neighbor's child. What greater purpose does a person have than to help protect respect, honor and celebrate a child? What is more powerful than the realization that a child needs my love?"

Spend the day with the children and teens in your life! Shower them with special attention. Take them to a movie, game, fair, circus, concert, shopping or out to lunch. Do something special together, spend time in your community together, or buy them something they’ve been wanting for a long time — just because you love them!

Whatever you choose to do with your children on Love Our Children Day, make it a special day! Celebrate together! Children are our treasures!





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