What Is Relay for Kids?

Relay for Kids is about two things: kids in crisis around the world and what you can do—right now—to help them. As you read this, millions of children from Syria to Liberia are seeing their childhoods stolen from them by prolonged violent conflict and a debilitating disease. Relay for Kids is a chance to directly impact the lives of these children—all with a few clicks of your mouse.


LIBERIA

Liberia

Ebola has killed nearly 10,000 people in the past year, leaving thousands of children without parental care.


SYRIA

SYRIA

Nearly 5.6 million children have been affected by the Syrian conflict.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

There are currently more than 400,000 internally-displaced people in the Central African Republic.


UKRAINE

UKRAINE

The international community estimates that 1.4 million people in Ukraine are highly vulnerable and in need of assistance.


How the Relay Works

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Johnson & Johnson
donates $1 to SOS
Children's Villages.

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Children in crisis
receive the food, shelter
and medical care
they desperately need.

*Blog posts must be shared via Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, reddit, Tumblr and Google+ on Huffington Post between 3/23/15 and 4/24/15. Each share will trigger a $1 donation up to $30,000 from Johnson & Johnson to SOS Children's Villages. For more information about SOS Children's Villages, go to www.sos-usa.org. There are no limits on how many times you can share a post.


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MARCH

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March 19

By Reading This Blog Post, You Might Actually Save A Child's Life

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About the Author
Lynn M. Croneberger

Lynn M. Croneberger is the CEO of SOS Children's Villages-USA. Lynn has extensive experience in fundraising, nonprofit leadership and advocating for the world's most vulnerable children and families. Previously, she was Vice President of Development for The Wilderness Society and Reading is Fundamental in Washington, D.C. She was also Executive Director for the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Foundation and Memorial Foundation, and the Executive Director of the American Heart Association of South Florida. Lynn is a certified fundraising executive (CFRE) and was the 2011 President of the Washington, D.C. Metro Area Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. SOS Children's Villages is the largest organization devoted to the care of orphaned and abandoned children.

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March 23

The Most Important Thing a Child Needs Is Love

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About the Author
Dr. Jane Aronson

Dr. Jane Aronson is an internationally-renowned pediatrician specializing in orphaned children and Founder and CEO of the Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO). Known as the "Orphan Doctor," Dr. Aronson has been a practicing adoption medicine specialist for nearly 20 years, and has evaluated more than 10,000 adopted children.

In 1997, she founded Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO), a U.S.-based international nongovernmental organization dedicated to transforming the lives of orphaned children worldwide by addressing their unique needs through medical, developmental, psychosocial and educational programs. WWO has established humanitarian programs in Haiti, Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Serbia, and Vietnam.

Dr. Aronson is a sought-after expert and has been at the forefront of media coverage on the world's orphans and overseas adoption. She is an outspoken advocate for public policies that strengthen the protection and well-being of orphans worldwide. Additionally, she serves as the Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

Dr. Aronson received the Congressional Angel in Adoption Award in 2000 and was honored on November 2009 by GLAMOUR magazine as one of 10 Women of the Year. She is a parent through adoption and has two sons, Benjamin, 10 years old, from Viet Nam and Desalegn, 12 years old, from Ethiopia.

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March 25

Every Child Deserves to Come Into This World Safe and Sound

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About the Author
Anne Parris

Anne Parris is a partner in the website Midlife Boulevard, an online magazine for women over 40 and over 50. Her personal blog is Not A Supermom, where she writes about imperfect parenting. Anne is a Johnson & Johnson Social Influencer for Social Good, and a Champion for Shot@Life, an organization that advocates for life-saving vaccinations for the world's most at-risk children.

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MARCH

27

March 27

In Liberia, Children Affected by Ebola Need Our Support

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About the Author
George Kordahi

George Kordahi is the National Director of SOS Children's Villages – Liberia. Since 1978, SOS Children's Villages – Liberia has provided care to at-risk children and families. The organization operates day care, education and medical care facilities to help strengthen vulnerable communities.

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MARCH

30

March 30

Love Is All You Need

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About the Author
Katie Hurley

Katie is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and Parenting Expert by day and writer by night in Los Angeles, CA. She divides her time between her family, her private practice and her laptop. You can find her at Practical Parenting, moonfrye, Clomid and Cabernet and allParenting. She also spends time on Facebook and Twitter. She lives by the beach with her rock & roll husband and her two children. She believes in lattes, family time and the power of play.

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APRIL

1

April 1

Brave Child Survivors of Debilitating Disease Remind Us Why We Want to Fight for Kids Everywhere

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About the Author
Anne Geddes

One of the world's most respected photographers, Anne Geddes creates images that are iconic, multi-award winning, internationally acclaimed, and beloved. Her photographs have appeared around the world in her many books and calendars. Throughout her career Anne Geddes has continued to give back. In 1992, Anne with her husband, Kel, founded The Geddes Philanthropic Trust to raise funds and awareness worldwide for the prevention of child abuse and neglect. In 2011, Anne was proud to announce her partnership with the United Nation's Every Woman Every Child initiative, which she hopes will continue to help make the health and welfare of pregnant women, and newborn children, a global priority. Anne is also the Global Advocate for the UN Foundation's Shot@Life campaign, which aims to provide access to basic life-saving immunizations to children in the developing world. Continuing her advocacy for vaccine access, Anne is also photographing a global campaign titled "Protecting Our Tomorrows: Portraits of Meningococcal Disease." Anne's work has been published in 83 countries and her books have sold more than 18 million copies worldwide. For more information, please visit AnneGeddes.com.

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3

April 3

What I Learned From Surviving Two Crises in Liberia

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About the Author
James Collins

James Collins is the Village Director and Family Based Care Manager at SOS Children's Villages in Monrovia, Liberia. Collins grew up in the SOS Children's Village in Monrovia after spending his early childhood in two orphanages. Today, he dedicates his life to working to improve the lives of vulnerable children in Monrovia.

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6

April 6

The Unsung Magicians of Africa

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About the Author
Conrad Person

Conrad Person is Director, Corporate Contributions, at Johnson & Johnson, a position he assumed in 1998. Conrad's responsibilities include overseeing Johnson & Johnson's philanthropy portfolio in sub-Saharan Africa, with an emphasis on saving and improving lives of women and children; building health care capacity, primarily through education; and preventing diseases and reducing stigma associated with diseases. He has developed and implemented programs for health care capacity improvement around the world. Follow him on Twitter @conradperson.

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April 8

A Syrian Mother's Strength in Times of War

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About the Author
Mama Fatema

Mama Fatema is an SOS Mother for SOS Children's Villages - Syria. For the past 21 years, she has helped raise and care for 30 children in the village.

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10

April 10

The Magic That Happens When You Raise a Child in a Culture of Love

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About the Author
Elizabeth Enslin, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Enslin, author of While the Gods Were Sleeping: A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal, grew up in Seattle and went on to earn her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Stanford University in 1990. While a graduate student, she married into a Brahman family in the plains of Nepal. Inspired by local women, especially her mother-in-law, she researched women's organizing, poetics, politics, and agroecology. Her academic essay, "Beyond Writing: Feminist Practice and the Limits of Ethnography," still inspires conversations about feminism and the ethics of research and activism.

Enslin returned to the Pacific Northwest in 1995 and earned her living as a high school and college teacher, a grant writer, and an independent consultant. She has published creative nonfiction and poetry in The Gettysburg Review, Crab Orchard Review, The High Desert Journal, The Raven Chronicles, Opium Magazine, and In Posse Review, and received an Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the Oregon Arts Commission and an honorable mention for the Pushcart Prize.

She currently lives in a strawbale house in the canyon country of northeastern Oregon, where she raises garlic, pigs, and yaks. While the Gods Were Sleeping is her first book.

For more information, please visit elizabethenslin.com and follow the author on Facebook and Twitter.

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APRIL

13

April 13

Why It Is Important to Help Children in Need

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About the Author
Jennifer James

Jennifer James is an early pioneer of the mom blogging movement and founder of Mom Bloggers for Social Good, a global coalition of 2000-plus mom bloggers who use social media and blogging to advance information to their networks about pressing global issues.

Recently named a Fast Company Most Generous Social Media Maven and a Blogger Changing the World by Babble.com, James routinely travels to middle- and low-income countries, chasing stories about women and children and the NGOs and global development programs that are improving their lives.

James currently writes for the Gates Foundation blog, Impatient Optimists, as well as for Babble.com. She is a recent recipient of a National Vaccines Fellowship from the National Press Association and two fellowships from the International Reporting Project.

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APRIL

15

April 15

Why Food, Water and Shelter Are Not the Most Important Things a Child Needs

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About the Author
Jeannette Kaplun

An award-winning bilingual journalist and TV personality featured on The Steve Harvey Show, The Chew, Good Morning America, Despierta América, Un Nuevo Día and other shows, Jeannette Kaplun is the founder of bilingual blog Hispana Global, where she shares tips about parenting, beauty, travel, food, technology, social good and more. In 2014 mom.me recognized her as one of the top 50 mom bloggers. She has successfully managed to forge a multimedia career in both English and Spanish as a lifestyle expert, conference speaker and internationally recognized parenting writer. Born in El Paso, Texas, and raised in Chile, Jeannette lives in Miami, Florida with her husband and two children.

Jeannette is the author of Todobebé: Todo lo que necesitas saber para el primer año de tu bebé (Rayo, 2006), and writes for Babble, Ser Padres magazine, latinamom.me, Moms Clean Air Force and other outlets. Jeannette formerly was the cofounder and Chief Content Officer for Todobebe and co-hosted the Emmy-nominated shows Univision's Viva la Familia and Telemundo's Todobebe.

Jeannette is passionate about giving back and supports organizations such as ONE.org, Shot@Life, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Bloggers4Haiti, and No Kid Hungry.

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17

April 17

Children's Greatest Need: Protection

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About the Author
Anne Goddard

Anne Lynam Goddard is president and CEO of ChildFund International, a global child development organization dedicated to helping vulnerable children living in poverty have the capacity and opportunity to thrive and bring positive change to their communities.

As president, Goddard is focused on leading a strategy that expands and deepens ChildFund's efforts across the globe. Through her leadership, ChildFund has helped to enhance the lives of children and communities on five continents, working to improve children's health, education and economic conditions and opportunity. She led the organization's rebranding, which strategically aligned the organization as a member of the ChildFund Alliance to better serve vulnerable children around the world.

Anne is a global citizen having immigrated to the United States with her parents as a child from Ireland. She worked in Kenya as a Peace Corps volunteer living in a mud house in a small, remote village and traveling the desert on a motorbike. Her experiences in poor communities led her to focus her career on international development.

After earning a master's degree in public health, with an emphasis on international health, Anne went on to live and work overseas for almost 20 years in Somalia, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Egypt. She viewed first-hand the deprivation that many individuals experience. "I learned that poverty isn't something you can fully convey in a photo. It's the sights and sounds and smells — it's the touch and feel — it's even the taste," she says.

Anne met and married her British husband in Kenya. Her son was born in Kenya and she has a daughter adopted from Indonesia. As a global citizen she has a deep appreciation for the diversity and dignity of people around the global and a commitment to a world that values and protects the rights of all, particularly children.

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April 20

How a Two-Pound Baby Changed the Direction of My Life

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About the Author
Jane Chen

Jane Chen is Co-founder and Chief Business Officer of Embrace Innovations and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader as well as Schwab Social Entrepreneur. She is participating in the Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos in 2014.

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April 22

Small Package, Big Voice

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About the Author
Dr. Gary L. Darmstadt

Gary L. Darmstadt, MD, MS, is Associate Dean for Maternal and Child Health and Professor of Neonatal and Developmental Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Previously, Dr. Darmstadt was Senior Fellow in the Global Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), where he led a cross-foundation initiative on Women, Girls and Gender, assessing how addressing gender inequalities and empowering women and girls leads to improved gender equality as well as improved health and development outcomes. Prior to this role, he served as BMGF Director of Family Health, leading strategy development and implementation across nutrition, family planning and maternal, newborn and child health.

Darmstadt was formerly Associate Professor and Founding Director of the International Center for Advancing Neonatal Health in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has trained in Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University, in Dermatology at Stanford University, and in Pediatric Infectious Disease as a fellow at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he was Assistant Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine. Dr. Darmstadt left the University of Washington to serve as Senior Research Advisor for the Saving Newborn Lives program of Save the Children-U.S., where he led the development and implementation of the global research strategy for newborn health and survival before joining Johns Hopkins.

Follow Dr. Gary L. Darmstadt on Twitter at twitter.com/gdarmsta.

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April 24

The World's Children Deserve a Safer, Healthier World. Let's Give it to Them.

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About the Author
Ann M. Veneman

Ann M. Veneman has a distinguished career in public service. Most recently she served as Executive Director of UNICEF from May 2005 to April 2010. Previously she was U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 2001 to 2005. While at UNICEF, Veneman worked to advance issues to support child health and nutrition, quality basic education for all, access to clean water and sanitation and the protection of children and women from violence, exploitation and HIV/AIDS. During her UNICEF tenure she traveled to more than seventy countries to review the plight of children, witnessing the progress being made but also the devastation caused by natural disaster, conflict, disease and exploitation. In 2009, Veneman was named to the Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list, ranking 46th. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California, Davis; a master's degree in public policy at the University of California, Berkeley; and a juris doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Veneman serves as co-chair of Mothers Day Every Day, a bipartisan campaign to raise awareness and resources to improve the health of mothers and newborns globally. She also serves on the Board of the Close Up Foundation.

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*Blogs must be shared via Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, reddit, Tumblr and Google+ on Huffington Post between 3/23/15 and 4/24/15. Each share will trigger a $1 donation up to $30,000 from Johnson & Johnson to SOS Children's Villages. For more information about SOS Children's Villages, go to www.sos-usa.org. There are no limits on how many times you can share a post.

**Johnson & Johnson has curated a list of trusted causes, and you can donate a photo to one cause, once a day. Each cause will appear in the app until it reaches its goal, or until the donation period ends. If the goal isn't reached, the cause will still get a minimum donation.