Cole Haan Partners With 826 National For The Holiday Season

Cole Haan supports 826 National to help low-income students explore creativity, share stories and build essential literary skills

16 Nov, 2015, 08:45 ET from Cole Haan

NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- This holiday season, Cole Haan, the iconic American lifestyle brand, announces its support of 826 National, a national network of nonprofit organizations that help to build essential writing and reading skills for under-resourced students. The opportunity to donate to 826 National at Cole Haan full-price and outlet stores and on a dedicated Cole Haan + 826 National donation page begins Sunday, November 22nd through Saturday, December 26th. The partnership is also affiliated with #GivingTuesday, a global movement which intends to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season.

"The work the 826 National organization does is a vital part of so many communities across the country. To be a small part of helping them in fundraising is an honor and a privilege," said David Maddocks, Chief Marketing Officer & General Manager of Business Development at Cole Haan.

Cole Haan strives to inspire the extraordinary in each of us, and in celebration of the season, Cole Haan is supporting 826 National and their remarkable efforts to provide students with the opportunity to be curious, inventive, and imaginative. 826 National encourages students to embrace ingenuity while helping to create a foundation of strong reading and writing skills.

826 National is a nonprofit organization that leads a national movement to help low-income and under-resourced students explore creativity, share stories, and build essential literacy skills. With seven writing and tutoring centers across the country - San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Ann Arbor/Detroit, Boston, and Washington, D.C. – 826 National helps to promote and support the belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. All 826 National programs are offered free of charge.

From November 22nd through December 26th, Cole Haan invites customers to assist 826 National by contributing donations of any denomination at the point of sale in full-price and Outlet stores, and on a Cole Haan + 826 National donation page exclusively for Cole Haan customers featured on colehaan.com and Cole Haan emails. Cole Haan makes an annual contribution to 826 National to support its writing programs for children.

The timeframe in which customers are able to make donations at Cole Haan to 826 National aligns with #GivingTuesday, a globally-recognized day dedicated to giving back. On December 1st, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and give. Cole Haan is honoring these sentiments throughout the holiday season and contributes to the development of next generation of inspired, independent and extraordinary students.

About Cole Haan:
Cole Haan LLC, with its Global Headquarters in Greenland, New Hampshire and Creative Center in New York City, is an iconic American lifestyle accessories brand and retailer of premium men's, women's and children's footwear, handbags, leather accessories, outerwear and eyewear. Cole Haan stands for its commitment to craftsmanship, timeless style and design innovation. For more information, visit ColeHaan.com and follow @ColeHaan.

About 826 National:
Founded by acclaimed author Dave Eggers and award-winning educator Ninive Calegari, 826 National is a nonprofit organization that provides strategic leadership, administration and other resources to ensure the success of its network of seven writing and tutoring centers. 826 centers offer a variety of imaginative, free programs that provide under-resourced students, ages 6 to 18, with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. The organization also aims to help teachers get their classes excited about writing. 826 National's mission is based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. Last year, 826 centers located in San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Ann Arbor/Detroit, Boston, and Washington, D.C. served over 31,000 students with the help of nearly 6,000 volunteers. To find out more about 826 National, visit www.826national.org.

For more information, contact:
Kimry Blackwelder, Cole Haan
Phone: +1 (212) 763-3060
E-mail: kimry.blackwelder@colehaan.com

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