The New York Post caught up with the now teenage actors who made up the band for the charity ad — and found life wasn't always easy for them. For more New York City stories, subscribe to Patch for daily newsletters and breaking news alerts. Colin Crest, who played the lead singer, said classmates picked on him because he wore makeup on screen during the production. And Chloe Fatuova, the commercial's drummer, said she and other cast members were bullied online. Almost as bad, the catchy ditty is as ingrained in their memories as it is for infuriated viewers.
An important question potential donors should ask, though, is: Just how much do kids benefit from the cars donated to Kars4Kids? Also, with hundreds of millions of kids in the world, exactly which kids will benefit, and how are those kids helped? Nowhere in the Kars4Kids ads in most states does the charity inform potential donors of how their car donations will help kids. Furthermore, the youth programs Kars4Kids supports promote an Orthodox Jewish lifestyle, which CharityWatch believes compounds the deception perpetrated by the Kars4Kids ads. Kars4Kids and Oorah share a principal officer, Eliyohu Mintz, the son of their founder, Rabbi Chaim Mintz, and both organizations are located at the same address in the heavily-Orthodox Jewish town of Lakewood, New Jersey. While supporting Orthodox Jewish organizations is a worthy endeavor for those donors who are intending to do so, many donors of other faiths may not be pleased to learn that the car they donated to Kars4Kids may have funded religious teachings that are in conflict with their own faith or personal beliefs. Moreover, many secular Jews are not enthusiastic about funding Orthodox organizations, as suggested by an official of The Jewish Agency for Israel, a nonprofit that inspires Jews throughout the world to connect with their People, heritage, and homeland. These events have included several backpack giveaways and coat distributions in parts of New Jersey and New York. Kars4Kids also released a free smartphone app in mid designed as a safety alert for parents to remind them not to leave young children in the backseat of hot cars. Donors should also be aware that even though the Kars4Kids ads are broadcast across the country, the vast majority of the children that benefit from the cars donated to Kars4Kids live in the Northeast, particularly in New York and New Jersey.
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By Doree Lewak. January 18, pm Updated January 20, am. Over the past few weeks, some noticed the ad looked a little different: same black and pink wardrobe palette; same blindingly white set with a hot pink violin and drum kit; same kids singing the same song — but wait. Turns out, executives at the national nonprofit — which works with the charity Oorah to collect donated cars to raise money for the education and development of Jewish children — decided the old spot was looking outdated and to freshen things up with higher-quality video technology. But while someone like Flo the Progressive lady can play the same part for years, the original Kars4Kids cast had long outgrown their poodle skirts. When the Milford, Conn. I was going to be one of Kars4Kids kids!