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Nani Kalani Clothing to donate portion of sales to help Kenyan children through Mighty Acorn Foundation

By PRN NewsWire   

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Knoxville-based Nani Kalani Clothing has pledged a portion of its sales to support the Mighty Acorn Foundation and its work to help children living in poverty in Kitale, Kenya.

The children’s clothing company, which focuses on hand-sewn items for girls, ages 6 months to 10 years, will donate $5 of every dress sold to benefit the Mighty Acorn Foundation. Nani Kalani Clothing has made the commitment for the next two years and will submit donations weekly.

“The Mighty Acorn Foundation is so humbled by the news that Nani Kalani Clothing has chosen to support our organization,” said David DeMarchis, co-founder of Mighty Acorn Foundation. “Their pledge to donate $5 from every dress sale is extremely generous and will help our team continue to do the good work in Kitale that we’ve started.”

DeMarchis founded the Mighty Acorn Foundation with his wife, Denise, who lost her battle with ovarian cancer in June, and he continues the work they started together. When the couple visited Kenya in November 2012 and February 2013, they were inspired to focus the organization’s efforts to help children living in the Kipsongo slum of Kitale. The foundation matches children with families in the United States to provide financial support that allows the kids to attend school, live in a newly constructed orphanage and receive food, water and medicine.

“We were aware of the DeMarchis’ clothing company, Matilda Jane Clothing, as one we admired because we share the same vision for clothing that celebrates youth and allows little girls to be happy and carefree,” said Melissa Desmond, co-founder and chief designer of Nani Kalani Clothing. “As we learned about their nonprofit organization, Mighty Acorn Foundation, my husband and I were inspired and humbled by the important work they are doing in Kenya, and we wanted to contribute to help further Denise’s vision and honor her beautiful and generous spirit.”

Nani Kalani is an online company based in the Halls community of Knoxville, Tennessee, and all manufacturing is done locally. Flash sales are held weekly on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET at All items are limited releases and include dresses, leggings, tunics, shirts and skirts.

Starting immediately, when customers purchase any Nani Kalani dress, $5 from the sale will be donated to Mighty Acorn Foundation.

“We are honored to give to the Mighty Acorn Foundation and provide this opportunity for our loyal customers to support us in this pledge by simply purchasing our clothing,” Desmond added.

About Nani Kalani ClothingFounded in 2014, Nani Kalani Clothing is a rapidly growing children’s clothing company featuring hand-sewn items for girls from 6 months to 10 years. All items are handmade with love in Knoxville, Tennessee. All limited quantities are purchased via “Flash Sales” on the Nani Kalani website every Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET. Nani Kalani was named after co-founder and chief designer Melissa Desmond’s daughter, Kalani. In Hawaiian, Kalani means heavens, and Nani means beautiful. For more information, visit

About Mighty Acorn FoundationThe Mighty Acorn Foundation was created in 2013 by David and Denise DeMarchis with a mission to help rescue children living in unfathomable conditions. While there is not one specific geographical focus of the foundation, the first major project will center on the Kipsongo slum of Kitale, Kenya. The foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit company, and its purpose is to connect hearts around the world to provide children with the necessities to survive and tools to thrive. For more information, visit

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