Kids’ Valentines to Enrique Iglesias Tug at the #Heartstrings

Sales of T-shirts Inspired by the Singer’s Blood-Drawn Heart Supporting Save the Children in Providing Emergency Relief to Kids in Crisis

Enrique Iglesias Valentine

#Heartsfromkids: Kindergartners with their handmade valentines for Enrique Iglesias. Photo by Denvie Balidoy

Enrique Iglesias Valentine

Sweet surprise: Save the Children's Carlos Carrazana surprises Enrique Iglesias with valentines from kids in Save the Children's Filipino programs. Photo by Susan Warner

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Fairfield, Conn. (February 12, 2016) — Grammy Award-winning artist Enrique Iglesias received a sweet pre-Valentine’s Day surprise from Save the Children today, just before he finished a pair of recent concerts. The global nonprofit presented the pop star with handmade valentines from children in Typhoon Haiyan-affected communities in the Philippines to show appreciation for the #Hearts4Kids project for kids in crises.

Teaming up with Save the Children last fall, Iglesias launched a #Hearts4Kids T-shirt to support the non-profit's Children's Emergency Fund, which allows Save the Children to pre-position lifesaving supplies before an emergency hits, respond immediately to a crisis, and do whatever it takes to protect the lives of children and create a sense of normalcy. All net proceeds from the purchase of a #Hearts4Kids T-shirt, or $12, goes to the fund.

"Disasters like Typhoon Haiyan can take a tremendous toll on children. Yet, when given the proper care and support from their families and communities, children can pick up the pieces in their lives and move forward," said Carlos Carrazana, COO of Save the Children."That is why the fund is so valuable. It allows Save the Children to prepare communities and help children to better weather the next storm."

The design of the T-shirt was inspired by the heart Iglesias drew on his bloodstained T-shirt after injuring his hand on a drone during his concert in Tijuana, Mexico last year. Iglesias' fans are able to snatch up a special shirt at certain concert venues, or can purchase the shirt with a few clicks online at www.enriqueiglesias.com.

Iglesias' #Hearts4kids partnership with Save the Children has brought in $25,000 to date for kids in crises, including funds raised from T-shirt sales and contributions from Iglesias and his fans.

Representatives from the nonprofit gave Iglesias his special Valentine's thank you right before his concert tonight.

"I am honored to receive these hopeful messages from children in the Philippines," said Enrique Iglesias, whose mother hails from The Philippines, upon receiving the valentines from Save the Children. "My fans have embraced this project in more ways than I could have imagined, and their generosity is going to make a big difference for kids in crises."

Save the Children is responding to 50 humanitarian emergencies worldwide, including the Nepal earthquake, the conflict in Syria and the migrant crisis in Europe. In 2014, the agency directly reached nearly 6 million children through its humanitarian response work.

Save the Children gives children in the United States and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We invest in childhood — every day, in times of crisis and for our future. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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