Category Archives: Just BeCause

Our passion is making charitable contributions to help support kids and families. Helping kids is how we plan on providing for a brighter tomorrow.

Splash Up Some Love for Saving Tiny Hearts

For almost six years, Step2 has partnered with the Saving Tiny Hearts Society (StHS) to raise money  to fund research  around congenital heart defects (CHD). CHD is the number one birth defect in the United States and the world, and is also the most fatal childhood disease. A child is born with CHD every 15 minutes and 100,000 of them will not survive to celebrate their first birthday.  Thousands more will not make it to adulthood.  Research can change those numbers and that is why we are committed to this cause and have been for such a long time.

Two and a half years ago, the Step2 family was also personally impacted  by CHD.  Tena the Director of Online Marketing has a son named Myles who was born with CHD. In the first seven months of Myles’ life, he underwent three heart surgeries and one heart catheterization. Myles will have one more surgery before he is ready to go off to kindergarten.

Since learning about Myles’ diagnoses during her 20 week ultrasound, StHS has offered Tena and her family hope, support, and information about the importance of CHD research. We appreciate StHS and consider them an extension of our family at Step2.  Saving tiny Hearts has raised $2 million in last nine years for CHD research.  They have no paid employees and $0.98 of every dollar raised is put into research efforts.

Each year, we try to find new and creative ways to raise money for StHS..  In 2014, we will be donating a portion of the sales from each Tropical Island Resort to StHS. Also, the packaging of the product features a very special guest that is near and dear to our hearts – Myles! You can check him out rocking his scar on the packaging of this product along with the StHS logo.  This product is available online or in-store at Walmart.

Saving Tiny Hearts

When you decide to purchase the Tropical Island Resort you will not only be buying a splash-tastic water table for your kiddos, but you’ll also be supporting a cause to save the lives of tiny heart superheroes all over the world.

Find out more information on how you can help support this worthy cause by visiting StHS’s website.

Step2 and Infantino Proudly Announce the Everybody Plays 2013 Participants

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Everybody Plays is a campaign that celebrates the uniqueness of all babies and children. This is the third year that Step2 and Infantino have proudly teamed up to promote the inclusion of all children on packaging and advertisements. As in years past, Step2 and Infantino held an open online casting call for participation in this year’s photo shoot. New to the casting call for 2013, entrants were asked to submit an essay describing how they teach self-acceptance and the acceptance of others to family and community. In addition, one entry was selected to receive an all-expenses-paid trip to San Diego to partake in the Everybody Plays photo shoot.

After a long and extremely difficult selection process, three-year-old Chloe “Coco” from Roseville, CA was selected as the winner of the all-expenses-paid trip to San Diego. Chloe’s mom’s and dad’s essay about their acceptance of their daughter Chloe’s special needs, and their subsequent adoption of Olivia, another child with special needs, was moving. Her infectious smile and strength proves that she can change the world and reduce the stigma surrounding children with special needs.

 

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All of the stories that were submitted were powerful and inspiring. In addition to Coco, we are pleased to announce the following children will be joining us at Balboa Park in sunny San Diego on September 25th and 26th for the Everybody Plays 2013 photo shoot. These adorable children will be photographed by photojournalist and celebrity-blogger Kelle Hampton with Step2 and Infantino products.

Everybody Plays 2013 Participants (In Alphabetical Order):

Aaliyah, La Puente, CA
Aiden, Santa Barbara, CA
Alice & Charlie, Lakewood, CA
Alice, Saint Charles, MI
Apollo, Bellingham, WA
Aubrey, Long Beach, CA
Bentley, Cathedral City, CA
Bobby, Chicago, IL
Cassidy & Charlotte, San Fransisco, CA
Charlie, Davis, CA
Charlotte, Reseda, CA
Cody, Santa Clarita, CA
Curtis, Encinitas, CA
David & Jonathan, Arroyo Grande, CA
Emily, San Bernardino, CA
Emma, Valencia, CA
Ezekiel, Windsor, CA
Findlay, San Diego, CA
Finn, Vista, CA
Grace, Palos Park, IL
Hannah & Jedidiah, Carpinteria, CA
Isabelle & Elizabeth, Windsor, CA
Jake,Littleton, CO
Jaxon, Simi Valley, CA
Jordyn, Santa Paula, CA
Joy, Dayton, OH
Jude & Izzy, Ferndale, WA
Kalissa & Hayley, Los Angeles, CA
Kingston, Hermosa Beach, CA
Lee, West Covina, CA
Leila, Edmonds, WA
Liam, Pasadena, CA
Louis, San Diego, CA
Lydia, La Mesa, CA
Makenzy & Skyler, San Marcos, CA
Marielle, San Diego, CA
Mason, Los Alamitos, CA
Matthew, Sunnyvale, CA
Natalie, Chula Vista, CA
Nathan, Simi Valley, CA
Oliver, Yuma, AZ
Parisa, Los Gatos, CA
Ryder, San Marcos, CA
Rylee, Lomita, CA
Savannah, Salem, MA
Sofia & Joaquin, Rocklin, CA

Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who submitted an essay – each one was truly beautiful and inspiring. Congratulations to all of the 2013 Everybody Plays participants. Thank you for inspiring us to continue to show the world the power of acceptance of children everywhere. Step2 and Infantino look forward to sharing the beautiful pictures of these amazing children in 2014.

A Coupe A Day Giveaway to Benefit StHS | Ends 6/1

The 8th Annual Saving tiny Hearts Gala is just 12 days away! To have some fun and count down the days leading up to this event, we’ve decided to share the love and offer “A Coupe a Day Giveaway.”

Easy Turn Coupe Giveaway

Over the next 12 days, you can enter to win 1 of 12 Easy Turn Coupes, in your choice of green or pink. As an added bonus, Step2 will donate $1 per entry received to the Saving tiny Hearts Society at the gala (up to $10,000). To enter, use the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability. Giveaway is open to residents of the 48 contiguous US states, age 18+. Giveaway will close at 12:00AM ET on 6/2/13. 12 winners will be selected at that time and winners will be contacted by email within 48 hours. Winner may select a green or pink Easy Turn Coupe. One winner per Easy Turn Coupe. If you have any additional questions, feel free to send an email to thestep2team@gmail.com.

Thoughtful Thursday: The Power of Words

Thoughtful Thursday Power of Words

Words can lift a person up but they can also tear a person down. In Columbia, Maryland lives seventh grader, Noah Brocklebank, he suffers from depression and has been torn down with words by classmates. Noah thought about taking his own life on his thirteenth birthday to alleviate the pain from bullying and depression. He ended up in the hospital for eight days and during that time, his mother, Karen asked friends on Facebook to send Noah letters about how much he is loved and cared about. Instead of receiving a few letters, Noah received thousands of letters from all across the world. Now whenever, Noah is having a bad day he can turn to his letters from his thousands of friends. This Thoughtful Thursday is dedicated to the kind strangers of the world that know the power of words.

If you would like to send Noah a letter, visit Letters for Noah!

 

 

Step2 Becomes an Exhibitor at 1st Annual Employment Expo

Step2 prides itself on being part of the excellent community of Streetsboro, Ohio. Step2 has been a resident of Streetsboro for nineteen years. Actively helping out around the community is something that Step2 enjoys. We are excited to announce that we will be participating in the first annual Streetsboro Employment Expo.  The Streetsboro Chamber and City of Streetsboro have united to make this expo possible. The Streetsboro Employment Expo will take place in the gymnasium at Streetsboro High School, 1900 Annalane Drive on Wednesday, March 20 from 5 to 7:30pm.

In addition to Step2 participating in this wonderful event, we are also one of the main sponsors. There will be a total of forty exhibitors that specialize in the industries of retail, commercial, industrial and professional businesses.

For job seekers attending this event, admission is free. Anyone can attend from college graduates, seniors, business professionals, high school graduates, interns, volunteers, to seasonal help. There is an opportunity for everyone!

Step2 is happy to be a team player in a fantastic community such as Streetsboro; we are honored to call this city our home.

To find out more about the Employment Expo, contact the Streetsboro Area Chamber of Commerce at 330-626-4769 or sacc@streetsborochamber.org.

 

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Representing the company, from left, are Step2 Co. human resource team leaders Heather Bedillion and Tiffany Streby, who are with Streetsboro Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Heidi Inzerillo and Mayor Glenn Broska in the Streetsboro High School gym.
 

Thoughtful Thursday: Best Friends

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Bill Watterson, the author of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes once said, “Things are never quite as scary when you have a best friend.” This quote exemplifies the friendship between two six year old boys, Dylan and Jonah.

This week’s Thoughtful Thursday is dedicated to Dylan Siegel for his heroic efforts to raise money for this best friend Jonah who has an incurable liver disease, Glycogen Storage Disease 1b.  Dylan and Jonah met during their second year of preschool and they have been best friends ever since. The book that Dylan wrote is about all things that he thinks are awesome. The term “chocolate bar” replaces the word awesome in the book.

Dylan’s goal is to raise $1,000,000 so doctors can find a cure for Jonah’s disease. So far, Dylan’s book the “Chocolate Bar” has raised $92,000. By going to the Chocolate Bar book website, you can help Dylan achieve his goal of raising money for his best friend. Jonah will never be alone when it comes to fighting for a cure for his disease as long as he has a friend like Dylan by his side.