Video: Wet Ones(R) Wipes Pledge Brings Moms Together to Help Stop the Spread of Germs This Flu Season and Donate 100,000 Packs of Antibacterial Wipes to the Community

Thursday, November 19, 2009 General News
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SHELTON, Conn., Nov. 18 Life moves too fast for Americans to get sick. Between work, school and weekend activities, families across the country are constantly on the go and encounter a number of people and places daily - often without access to soap and water. With scientists estimating that 80 percent of all infectious diseases are transmitted through hands, it is especially important to be vigilant about keeping hands clean this cold and flu season. To encourage clean hands, the Wet OnesŪ brand is asking moms nationwide to visit to take a pledge to help stop the spread of germs for their families and for their community.

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Starting today, the first 100,000 pledges at will generate a donation of one Wet OnesŪ Antibacterial Wipes travel pack to the Kids In Need Foundation, a national organization dedicated to providing school supplies to children in most need. Consumers who take the pledge will also receive a downloadable coupon redeemable for $1.50 off a Wet OnesŪ product purchase* and access to valuable information about how to help keep families healthy, including a downloadable Flu Prevention Plan developed by renowned pediatrician and author of more than 40 books on childcare William Sears, M.D.

"It's no secret that this flu season is especially severe, for everyone ranging from young children to prenatal mothers to others," said Dr. Sears. "The good news is that families can do things as simple as keeping their hands clean to protect themselves against getting sick, and to help them, I've created a Flu Prevention Plan with easy-to-follow tips to help protect against illness."

Dr. Sears' Flu Prevention Plan includes:

"Our goal is to donate 100,000 packs of Wet OnesŪ wipes to the Kids In Need Foundation at this time of year when many consumers, particularly mothers, are concerned about the spread of germs, but we need moms across the country to help make this happen," says Julie Elkinton, Vice President Marketing, North America, Playtex Products, Inc., maker of Wet OnesŪ wipes and mom of two elementary school-aged children. "By pledging to help prevent the spread of germs this cold and flu season, consumers have an opportunity to take part in making sure that much-needed antibacterial wipes are provided to schools most in need, which can make a real difference in helping reduce illness among students."

For more information on Wet OnesŪ Antibacterial Wipes and to take the pledge against the spread of germs, visit

*$1.50 coupon is redeemable for Wet OnesŪ wipes canisters or Big OnesŪ wipes, while supplies last. After reaching the goal of 100,000 pledges, consumers can still register for the Wet OnesŪ brand pledge and receive an instant, downloadable coupon redeemable for $0.75 off any Wet OnesŪ product purchase.

About Kids In Need Foundation

The Kids In Need Foundation is a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1995. The Foundation's mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. The Kids In Need National Network of Resource Centers includes 23 facilities that allow teachers from low-income schools to obtain free school supplies for their students. In addition, Kids In Need Teacher Grants provide K-12 educators with funding to provide innovative learning opportunities for students. The Kids In Need Foundation has distributed nearly $300 million in school supplies since its founding, directly benefiting 1.6 million students and 100,000 teachers annually, and has awarded $1 million in grants to teachers. The Kids In Need Foundation has received Charity Navigator's highest four-star rating, indicating that it executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way and outperforms most other charities in America. For more information, visit Follow Kids In Need on Twitter at

About Wet OnesŪ Products

Wet OnesŪ is a registered trademark of Playtex Products, LLC, whose parent company is Energizer Holdings, Inc. Wet OnesŪ Antibacterial Wipes help consumers keep their hands clean and 99.99 percent free of germs.

1. Ward Off Germs: Germs are spread through hand-to-hand contact or when sneezed or coughed into the air. To minimize exposure, avoid shaking hands, keep away from others who are sick and stay out of crowded rooms. 2. Keep Hands Clean: The first and easiest line of defense against the spread of germs is washing hands often, but when soap and water are not available, antibacterial hand wipes like Wet OnesŪ wipes are an effective alternative. Wet OnesŪ antibacterial wipes are proven to be just as effective as gel hand sanitizer in killing 99.99 percent of germs but they also clean away dirt and messes and won't dry out skin like alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Keep them around the house, in lunchboxes and in pockets. 3. Eat Immune-Boosting Foods: The best way to boost the immune system is to increase the intake of fruits, vegetables, seafood and yogurt. 4. Clear the Nose and Sinuses: Flu germs often settle first in the nose and sinuses, so it's important to keep nasal passages clear by either flushing them out with a saltwater solution or loosening secretions with a facial steamer or vaporizer. 5. Stay Active: Movement mobilizes the immune system. Kids who sit too much - especially indoors - get sick more often. Movement also mellows the mood, as stress depresses the immune system.

SOURCE Energizer Holdings, Inc./Playtex Products, LLC

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