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Charlotte’s Web Barn Kits Help Communities in US and the World

December 9th, 2006 by Paul Martin

To celebrate the themes of giving, friendship and miracles in the upcoming film Charlotte’s Web, Paramount Pictures and Walden Media have made available over 20,000 barn kits to help groups build “harvest giving barns” to make a real and positive difference in their community. Once built, these cardboard barns can be filled with ‘time, talents and treasures’ to help those in need in the community.

Charlotte’s Web is a movie that reminds us how friendship and its example of selfless giving can change lives and inspire a whole community to help others. In anticipation of Charlotte’s Web‘s December 15th release, we have developed programs and activities that honor the themes found in the film,” stated Walden Media president and co-founder Micheal Flaherty.

Participants in the harvest barn giving program are encouraged to design and decorate their barns in the most creative manner possible. Photographs of completed barns with the story of how that barn is helping the community can be sent to a website gallery (www.charlotteswebresources.com) for display. Visitors to the website can vote for a favorite barn and community story and the barn and story receiving the most votes will win a special “friends and family” screening of the film Charlotte’s Web.

“As a Children’s Pastor, it is important to help families find the threads of faith in their daily lives and in a manner that allows them to begin conversations with their children about giving, friendship and miracles. I look forward to building a harvest giving barn and starting a food drive for families and the entire church community,” stated Sue Abram, Children’s Pastor, Community Church of Joy, Glendale, Arizona.

The barn kits program is not the only Charlotte’s Web giving program developed by Walden Media and Paramount. In addition to the barn kits program, Walden Media and Paramount are distributing 100,000 copies of the book Charlotte’s Web to school districts, many of which are located in areas where students face the greatest need for educational resources. Walden and Paramount also developed a program with Heifer Project International where families could assemble and fill a mini-bank barn, with proceeds helping impoverished families worldwide become more self-reliant through the gift of livestock and training. “There is an old African saying that if you want to go fast you go alone, but if you want to go far you go with others,” stated Ray White, Public Information Director for Heifer International when asked about Heifer’s partnership on the film. “Heifer International is so pleased to partner with Walden Media and Paramount on Charlotte’s Web to help give impoverished families around the world hope for the future.”

More information about how to become involved in the Charlotte’s Web giving programs, as well as downloadable barn kits, are available at www.charlotteswebresources.com.