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Release: Dec. 12, 2001

Children's Hospital of Iowa receives donations from Meg's Gifts

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Children's Hospital of Iowa recently received a shipment of donated children's videos, DVDs and CD-ROMs that are suitable for viewing by younger audiences.

The items were donated by the Meg's Gifts Program administered by KIDS FIRST!, one of the programs of the national not-for-profit Coalition for Quality Children's Media. More than 250 children's hospitals in the United States received a total of 10,000 donations.

Meg's Gifts accepts only those items that have received the KIDS FIRST! endorsement. To earn that approval, programs must be free of gratuitous violence, verbal abuse, inappropriate sexual behavior, racial, gender, cultural or religious bias, and unsafe or condescending behavior.

"It's great to be able to tell families that these programs are suitable for viewing by children," said Gwen Senio, a specialist in child life therapy at the Children's Hospital of Iowa. "It fits very well with our commitment to providing family-centered care."

Meg's Gifts collects the donated videotapes, DVDs and CD-ROMS from major entertainment firms, independent producers and individuals. Meg's Gifts was established in 1996 in honor of Meg Clemens, who died at age 15 following treatment for leukemia. Meg's Gifts is supported entirely by donations from the media industry, anonymous donors and the Coalition for Quality Children's Media – Ft. Wayne, Ind. Chapter. For more information, visit http://www.kidsfirstinternet.org, contact Mardi Clemens, Meg's Gifts Director, or call the Coalition for Quality Children's Media at (505) 989-8076.

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