To kick things off in a big way, I want to share something very exciting that is going on right now. Step2 has launched their brand new Easy Turn Coupe! This adorable little car is beautifully gender neutral, and comes complete with all the bells and whistles. There are cup-holders for both Mom and child, a working horn and ignition key, a clear sun-roof that allows Mom to see her child at all times while pushing the Easy Turn Coupe, and even a trunk that has storage for that special toy.
There is also a removable floor-panel that takes the Easy Turn Coupe from a cozy place to ride with feet protected while Mom or Dad is pushing, to a great way to work out all that energy by "driving" themselves, using good old fashioned "kid-power", just like Fred Flintstone did in Bedrock! Oops, I think I just gave away my age.
The really cool thing that sets the Easy Turn Coupe apart from similar cars is that it includes a front caster-wheel for easy maneuverability. No more getting hung up on those sharp turns, because this car has very smooth motion!
But the best thing about the Easy Turn Coupe? Well, by checking this car out, you can help kids with Congenital Heart Defects. (Commonly known as CHD.) This is an issue that I feel strongly about. A very good friend of mine, who I have known since middle school, was born with several forms of CHD and has endured multiple surgeries in her 30 years. These surgeries at the time (In the 1980's and 1990's) were not common in small children, and many of her procedures were experimental. It was a long, hard road for her, but she's been blessed with an amazing family and skilled cardiologists. Thankfully, her surgeries worked!
I am thrilled to say, my good friend is now 30 years old. She is healthy, strong, and successful. She is engaged to be married to a wonderful, loving man, is studying full-time to become a therapist, and is a loyal and caring person all-around. She is proof that kids affected by complex CHD's can grow up to be productive, happy, and generally healthy adults. She really is an inspiration!
Step2 has partnered with the Saving tiny hearts Society, a wonderful foundation that is devoted to helping kids affected by CHD. Here is more info about their I <3 Easy Turn Coupe campaign!
About the I <3 Easy Turn Coupe Campaign :
On February 10, 2013, at the New York City Toy Fair, Step2 will be launching a campaign entitled the, “I ♥ Easy Turn Coupe”
The Step2 Company, LLC focuses its charitable efforts on programs designed to enhance the health and education of children while enriching their lives and their family experience. It is that mission that has made The Saving tiny hearts Society (StHS), an organization that funds life-saving grass roots research of congenital heart defects (CHD’s), a non-profit that Step2 has supported for many years.
Several years ago, Step2 learned that CHD's are America’s #1 birth defect affecting over 40,000 babies every year. With that type of statistic, it should have come as no surprise when one of Step2’s own, Tena Crock, was impacted by a CHD.
At her 20 week ultrasound appointment, Crock believed that the biggest news she would receive that day was the gender of the little miracle growing in her tummy. Instead, she learned that her son had a complex CHD, double inlet left ventricle (single ventricle) among other issues. Because of the established relationship, Crock was able to reach out to the founders of StHS who offered her support and information while educating her about their important research efforts. Crock’s son underwent three heart surgeries and one heart catheterization in the first 7 months of life. He will have one more surgery before he is school aged, but for now, he is a happy and healthy toddler, enjoying the toys that Mommy brings him home from work.
Step2 would like to continue its support of the StHS with our “I ♥ Easy Turn Coupe” campaign. We will be donating Coupes to various children’s hospitals and will be inviting folks to watch a quick video on the Easy Turn Coupe and tell us what feature they ♥ most about it. For every comment received on the Easy Turn Coupe Facebook tab, Step2 will make a $1 donation to StHS.
How Can You Help?
You can find this video on the Step2 Facebook Page, or simply click the photo below to be taken directly to the video. Be sure to share with your family and friends! Every comment makes a huge difference in the lives of these brave and beautiful children!
Win A Step2 Easy Turn Coupe!
This is going to be easy to enter, and loads of fun! All you need to do is look at the photo of my toddlers, Sophie and Xander, and come up with a clever caption. There are a few rules, though:
-Keep it kid-friendly. (No profanity)
-One caption per person, per day.
Simply enter using the easy Rafflecopter form below!
This giveaway is open to US residents 18+ until 11:59PM March 31, 2013. No PO Boxes. Winners will be drawn using Rafflecopter's Random Number Generator. All entries will be verified, so play fair! I will notify winner via e-mail and they will have 48 hours to reply before I am forced to redraw winners. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. This contest is not affiliated with Facebook in any way. Thanks for entering, and Good Luck!
***Disclosure: As a Step2 Blogger,I received complimentary samples to facilitate my post. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***