EAGAN, Minn., June 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Simon Says Give, a Minnesota-based, youth-led nonprofit, announced today their partnership with Mall of America and the MoneyGram Foundation to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title of Most backpacks stuffed with school supplies in 8 hours. Over 8,000 backpacks with school supplies will be packed at the Mall of America Rotunda on August 8, 2018. The backpacks will be sent to underprivileged children throughout Minnesota to prepare them for the upcoming school year.
This year marks our 6th annual High Five for Supplies drive and over that time, our program has prepared 30,000 children to be school-ready. This year is special in our attempt to break a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title. The current minimum for packing backpacks in one day is 8,000; we believe we can pack 8,000 backpacks in about six hours. These backpacks will then be distributed to children living in poverty in the Minnesota area.
This is the second year Mall of America has teamed up with Simon Says Give. Mall of America has been world class to work with as we receive thousands of items and dollars that all go towards the creation, purchase, and supply of backpacks for this event. Additionally, Mall of America sponsored the application to set the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title and provided the event space.
Simon Says Give also joined efforts with the MoneyGram Foundation who is the title sponsor for this year’s High Five for Supplies drive. Minnesota-based employees of MoneyGram International will also support the initiative by donating new school supplies and volunteering.
The Simon Says Give Team along with Mall of America and the MoneyGram Foundation are expecting to have over 1,000 volunteers coming to the event and over 10,000 children will be impacted by this event. With that said, we still encourage you and as many friends and family members you can get to come and volunteer with us that day and make a huge impact on the lives of many children in need. For more information on how you can sign-up to volunteer or donate, contact H5FS@simonsaysgive.org
When: High Five for Supplies Drive – August 8, 2018
Time: 8am to 5pm
Where: Mall of America Rotunda at 60 E Broadway, Bloomington, MN
For more information or to volunteer with Simon Says Give, contact H5FS@simonsaysgive.org
MEDIA CONTACTS for Simon Says Give
Mandi Simon Myles Bowen Dina Simon
651-747-7568 214-454-7549 651-270-1118
MEDIA CONTACTS for Mall of America
Julie Hansen Sara Durhman
About Simon Says Give
Simon Says Give is a nonprofit founded by Mandi Simon when she was 8-years old. We support Kids Celebrating Kids in four ways: Birthday Celebrations for kids in need, Youth Leadership opportunities, Chapter Passion Projects and our annual High Five for Supplies drive. Simon Says Give has had a direct impact on over 125,000 kids, and our goal is to impact 2 million by 2022. We could not make this happen if it wasn’t for our donors and strategic partners. To learn more, please visit our website SimonSaysGive.org or connect with us on Facebook
About Mall of America
Mall of America has earned a national reputation for entertaining guests. From musical acts to celebrity book signings to fashion shows, Mall of America is the Hollywood of the Midwest. Mall of America is one of the top tourist destinations in the country as well as one of the most recognizable brands. To learn more, please visit MallofAmerica.com or connect with us on Facebook.
About MoneyGram Foundation
MoneyGram established the MoneyGram Foundation in 2012 to help children around the world gain access to educational facilities and learning resources. Its mission is firmly rooted in the belief that education is at the heart of better economic opportunities, healthier families and individual freedom and empowerment. The MoneyGram Foundation is focused on inspiring minds and improving lives and grants funds to deserving organizations with this mission in mind. To learn more, please visit moneygramfoundation.org or connect with us on Facebook.
About Guinness World Records
GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS (GWR) is the global authority on record-breaking achievement. First published in 1955, the iconic annual Guinness World Records books have sold over 141 million copies in 21 languages and in more than 100 countries. Additionally, the Guinness World Records: Gamer’s Edition, first published in 2007, has sold more than 4 million copies to date.
Guinness World Records’ worldwide television programmes reach over 750 million viewers annually and more than 2.7 million people subscribe to the GWR YouTube channel, which enjoys more than 264 million views per year. The GWR website receives over 19.8 million visitors annually, and we have over 14.3 million fans on Facebook.
The Guinness World Records commercial sales division provides customized consultancy services for some of the world’s top brands and agencies to help place record breaking at the heart of their marketing campaigns, employee-engagement programmes, and live and experiential events.