ADI and Mission 500 Exceed Fundraising Goal in Silent Auction to Benefit Title 1 School Children

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Atlanta, GA (April 2, 2020) – Students at Title One Schools and shelters across the country are the beneficiaries of much-needed school supplies as Mission 500 teamed with new angel sponsor, ADI Global Distribution, this past January for a Silent Auction charity event held at the College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta.

Looking to meet their goal of $15,000, the generosity of the silent auction participants, corporate donations from ADI, as well as ADI’s supplier partners, helped Mission 500 to far exceed expectations, and raise more than $45,000 for the Compassion Care Packs that will go to Title 1 School recipients. These Care Packs are crucial to help supply Title 1 schools with large concentrations of low-income students who receive supplemental funds with essential school supplies to assist in meeting student’s educational goals. ADI is a new angel sponsor with Mission 500 ($30k+ level).

We were very honored to sponsor and host this event. Teaming up with our supplier partners to raise funds to support Mission 500 was a great way to start our annual ADI North America Sales Kick Off meeting,” said Rob Aarnes, President of ADI Global Distribution. “As a leading distributor, we’re always look for ways to give back in the local communities we serve. And by partnering with Mission 500, we’re able to help mobilize resources to help students in need across the country.”

The event was held at the College Football Hall of Fame which opened in Atlanta in 2014. It’s a $68.5 million, 95,000 square foot, state-of-the-art tribute to 977 players, 211 coaches, and countless fans. Located in the heart of Atlanta’s sports, tourism and entertainment districts, the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame is steps away from the iconic Centennial Olympic Park and surrounded by other attractions including the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium and CNN Center.

The funds raised at the ADI event will also be used to host Care Pack Events across the country as well as help resource other significant Mission 500 initiatives which will benefit children attending Title 1 Schools or living in shelters.

For more information on how you or your organization can help, contact Tom Nolan at tnolan@mission500.org, or call 516-903-7291.

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About Mission 500
Mission 500 is a nonprofit organization that works closely with the security industry to serve the needs of children and communities in crisis here in the U.S. Mission 500 exists to advocate for children living in severe poverty, inspire and act as a catalyst in the security industry for excellence in corporate social responsibility, and mobilize volunteers and resource to make a tangible difference for children and families living in poverty in the U.S. Since inception of their 501c3 status in 2016, the industry has helped produce 40,000+ meals, assemble care packs filled with essential hygiene items for 2,200 families, and distribute more than 10,000 book bags filled with school supplies to students attending Title One schools.

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Physicians and Consumer Advocates Warn Consumers against High-Powered Magnet Sets

Physicians and Consumer Advocates Warn Consumers against High-Powered Magnet Sets | #TpromoCom #Children #Health #Congress | when two or more magnets are ingested, their strong magnetic force allows the magnets to “find” each other once inside the digestive tract. Consequently, there is a high risk of a fold of intestine becoming trapped between the magnets.

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December 20, 2019                                                     Camille Bonta, NASPGHAN, 202-320-3658

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PHYSICIANS AND CONSUMER ADVOCATES WARN CONSUMERS AGAINST HIGH-POWERED MAGNET SETS; ASK FOR CONGRESSIONAL INTERVENTION

Washington, D.C. — A surge in the number of ingestions by children of rare-earth, high-powered magnets that are part of magnet sets often marketed and sold as desktop trinkets and stress relievers has led to the introduction of legislation in the U.S. Senate by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) that would ban the sale of these products in the United States.

Physicians and consumer advocates remind the public that high-powered magnet sets do not make good holiday gifts and call on Congress to act swiftly and pass the “Magnet Injury Prevention Act.”

Kids often put in their mouth and swallow a lot of objects they should not. High-powered magnet ingestions are different than other ingested foreign objects. Most will pass through the digestive tract without incident. However, when two or more magnets are ingested, their strong magnetic force allows the magnets to “find” each other once inside the digestive tract. Consequently, there is a high risk of a fold of intestine becoming trapped between the magnets. When this occurs, the magnets erode through the bowel wall and children may develop perforations, infection, or abnormal connections (i.e. fistulae) within the bowel. Sometimes, the magnetic force causes the intestine to twist on itself, cutting off blood supply and leading to bowel necrosis, or tissue death.  Ingestion of magnets requires medical management and almost always leads to endoscopic or surgical removal.

These high-powered magnet sets often consist of 200 or more individual, tiny, sphere- or cube-shaped magnets and are sold in a variety of colors. Individual magnets can get easily lost on the floor and in carpeting or furniture where they can be found by children and pets. As part of normal mouthing behavior or because the magnets look like candy, young children put them in their mouth. Older children and teens use the magnets to mimic nose, tongue and cheek piercings.

In response to injuries caused by ingestion of high-powered magnets, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a safety standard for high-power magnet sets in 2014 which stipulated that if a magnet set contains a magnet that fits within the CPSC’s small parts cylinder, each magnet in the magnet set must have a flux index of 50 kG2 mm2 or less. In 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit vacated the 2014 CPSC rule on the basis of incomplete and inadequately explained findings and remanded the issue back to the agency for further action.

The CPSC established a safety standard for high-powered magnet sets because these products were and continue to be a hazard. An examination of data from the National Poison Control Center shows a dramatic increase in ingestion cases in 2017-2018 after high-powered magnets came back on the market, with 1,316 reported cases to date for 2019 alone. Barring CPSC action to reinstate its previous safety standard, federal legislation is necessary to protect children from these dangerous and otherwise innocuous looking products.

“Pediatric gastroenterologists are treating, with dramatically increasing frequency, children and teens who have ingested high-powered magnets from these sets. We are seeing first hand, all too commonly, the gastrointestinal trauma ingested magnets can cause, including intestinal perforation, and sadly, death,” said NASPGHAN President Karen Murray, MD. “Warning labels cannot adequately convey their risk, and therefore the only solution is to remove them from the market.”

“Small powerful magnets were deadly in toys, and so they were banned and injuries dropped dramatically,” stated Nancy Cowles, Executive Director of Kids In Danger. “They are no less dangerous to children when they are brought into homes as so-called desk toys for adults.  We have seen the injury rate rise as more consumers purchase magnet sets. We support this measure to keep this well-known hazardous product out of reach of children.”

“High powered magnets pose a hidden hazard to children who swallow them. Parents are unaware of the dangerous consequences of ingesting more than one magnet,” stated Rachel Weintraub, General Counsel and Legislative Director of Consumer Federation of America. “We applaud the introduction of this legislation which will effectively protect children from this hazard.”

“Every day we wait for action is another day a panicked parent may need to rush their child to the hospital for emergency surgery because of these dangerous magnets. It’s an unnecessary hazard with an easy solution thanks to Senator Blumenthal’s introduction of the Safe Magnets Act of 2019,” said Adam Garber, U.S. PIRG Consumer Watchdog.

“We commend Senator Blumenthal for taking action. High powered magnets are a danger to children. We should safeguard them from this danger once and for all,” said Remington A. Gregg, Counsel for Civil Justice and Consumer Rights at Public Citizen.

“Historically, a number of products threatening the safety of a vulnerable population have been justifiably removed from the marketplace through collaborative legislative and regulatory action,” stated American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery EVP/CEO James C. Denneny III, MD. “The significant risks of ingesting certain high-powered magnets and the resulting devastating complications pose such a danger to all Americans, especially children, to warrant their immediate removal from the market.  The AAO-HNS commends Senator Blumenthal’s leadership to protect all Americans from this avoidable tragedy.”

Children should receive immediate medical attention for a known or suspected magnet ingestion. Consumers and health care providers are strongly encouraged to report incidents of ingestions to www.saferproducts.gov.

The Consumer Federation of America is a nonprofit association of more than 250 consumer groups that was founded in 1968 to advance the consumer interest through research, advocacy, and education.

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