EAST BRUNSWICK – Friendly’s® 32nd annual ‘Cones for Kids’ Valentine’s Day fundraising campaign to benefit Easter Seals Camp Friendly’s programs is currently underway. Easter Seals is asking parents to consider giving valentines containing coupons for free ice cream at Friendly’s in lieu of store-bought cards this year.
For every $1 donation given now through February 14th, Friendly’s® provides restaurant guests with five Valentine’s Day cards redeemable for free Friendly’s® Kids Cones and a buy-one-get-one free adult entrée certificate.
“For about the same cost as a box of store-bought Valentines, kids can give out Valentines redeemable for free ice cream,” says a representative for Easter Seals. “And, unlike traditional kids’ valentines, these can actually help make a dream come for a child living with a disability. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
Funds raised will support Easter Seals Camp Friendly’s programs essential to building a sense of independence and accomplishment for thousands of children annually. Easter Seals Camp Friendly’s provides an opportunity for kids with disabilities to be included in regular camp activities like, boating and canoeing, swimming, archery, ropes courses, horseback riding, hiking, basketball and fishing.
“At camp, I’m not different from everyone else. I get to have fun and experience the things anyone would want to do,” says Kelli, a camper at Easter Seals Camp Merry Heart in New Jersey. “At camp, I can just be me.”
Friendly’s successful ‘Cones for Kids’ campaign is an annual tradition where guests and employees across the restaurant chain help change the lives of thousands of children with disabilities through their efforts. The campaign has raised more than $27 million to date — more than $460,000 in 2012 alone — to benefit Easter Seals Camp Friendly’s program locations across the country.
The mission of Easter Seals New Jersey is to enable individuals with disabilities or special needs, and their families, to live, learn, work and play in their communities with equality, dignity and independence. A leading non-profit provider of comprehensive services for individuals with developmental disabilities including autism, physical disabilities, mental illness and other special needs, our services have been geared toward helping individuals remove obstacles along their path toward independence and full community-integration for 65 years.
Easter Seals is committed to creating solutions and providing programs that produce tangible results in the lives of over 7,000 individuals and families in New Jersey. For more information on Easter Seals New Jersey and its statewide disability services, visit www.eastersealsnj.org.