Step2(R) Company Supports the Saving tiny Hearts Society

Top Quote Step2® donates $10,000 to help end Congenital Heart Defects. End Quote
  • Cleveland-Lorain-Elyria, OH (1888PressRelease) February 21, 2012 - In the United States alone, one in 125 newborns suffer from a congenital heart defect (CHD), making it America's number one birth defect. The Saving tiny Hearts Society ( is committed to funding CHD research, extending the lives of children born with a CHD today and those 50 years from now.

    In appreciation for the efforts of the Saving tiny Hearts Society, Step2® Company pledged $10,000 to support CHD research in hopes of erasing this life-threatening condition forever.

    "It's all about the children - we want them to grow healthy and happy," says Jerry McDermott, chief marketing officer, Step2® Holdings. "At Step2® we are a big extended family and some of our own have been affected by Congenital Heart Defects. As part of our Just Because program to reach out and do something good, we are able to touch the lives of others who want their children to be well and need attention on a cause for further research and development."

    The Saving tiny Hearts Society is the beneficiary of the Step2® Creative Kitchen Christmas Promotion/Contest. In December 2011, Step2® reached out to its fans on Facebook inviting them to submit original essays on their child's creative play. Essay winners were sent a Step2® kitchen and video camera to capture their child playing creatively with their new kitchen. As each Facebook fan voted for a winner, Step2® pledged $1 until the goal of $10,000 was reached. The contest resulted in 40,000 votes and $10,000 donated to the Society.

    "We're thrilled Step2 is now a member of the Saving tiny Hearts Family. This donation is funding promising CHD research in hopes of finding a cure," says Francie Paul, the Chairman and President of the Saving tiny Hearts Society. "We are eternally grateful for their continued support."

    About The Step2® Company:
    The Step2® Company includes the brands Step2® and Infantino® which foster learning and development through creative play in children from birth to school-age years. Based in Streetsboro, Ohio, Step2® is the largest American manufacturer of preschool and toddler toys, and the world's largest rotational molder of children's and home products, including children's play kitchens, playhouses, outdoor toys and ride on toys, as well as home products such as mailboxes, gardening aids and trash cans. Learn more at

    About Just Because:
    At the Step2® Company Our passion is happy kids, moms and families. We want to do everything we can, in big ways and small, to help moms have a beautiful parenting experience. And why wouldn't we? It's in our DNA and an important piece of what makes Step2. This often means going beyond our products…from listening to moms and learning about issues, to volunteering, donating and working with charities and non-profits. To us, giving means simply caring, and it's something we do every day, in many ways, just because. It's our way of giving wherever we can, whenever we can.

    About Saving tiny Hearts Society:
    The Saving tiny Hearts Society's mission is to raise money for grossly under-funded, lifesaving grass roots research of congenital heart defects (CHD's). CHD's are America's #1 birth defect affecting over 40,000 babies every year. Learn more at

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