For Immediate Release
Dana Plautz, Mrs. P Enterprises
MrsP.com Releases Holiday Story to Bring Message of Hope During Recession
Actress Kathy Kinney to Read Classic “The Gift of the Magi” to Celebrate Giving From the Heart on Nationally-Endorsed Children’s Entertainment Site
Portland, Ore.—December 2, 2008—www.MrsP.com, the critically-acclaimed new children’s entertainment Web site featuring Hollywood actress Kathy Kinney as storyteller Mrs. P, announced today the release of O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi to celebrate the holidays and provide a charitable lesson especially relevant in today’s troubled economy.
Written more than a hundred years ago, in 1906, The Gift of the Magi follows a poor, young American couple trying to survive in a harsh economy. In order to give each other a gift for Christmas, they each sacrifice something they love, with ironic and unexpected results. The story will be released exclusively on MrsP.com beginning on December 2nd.
“Although The Gift of the Magi is more than a hundred years old, the story is about the importance of sacrifice and giving, and is extremely meaningful in today’s turbulent economy,” said MrsP.com co-president Dana Plautz. “Mrs. P wants to provide children and their families a message of hope and goodwill, and encourage the gift of giving from the heart this holiday season.”
During the early 1900s, when Magi was initially published, America was a place of great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few powerful industrialists, like J.P. Morgan and John D. Rockefeller, while millions of other Americans lived in poverty. A charismatic, young president, Teddy Roosevelt, was elected and immediately began instituting sweeping reforms and anti-trust laws to correct the imbalance.
“We know many American families will be facing hard choices this holiday season, and we thought it would be a nice gift from Mrs. P to offer a story where the characters are facing these same issues,” said actress Kathy Kinney, a co-creator and the star of MrsP.com. “We love this story because it has a happy ending and a good message: that the most meaningful Christmas may not be the one where you spend the most money.”
MrsP.com uses real-time streaming technology to present a library of classic children’s stories read by Mrs. P, an eccentric, redheaded Irishwoman. Since its debut, it has been endorsed by such national literacy organizations as the Association of American Publishers, TeachersFirst and Everybody Wins! USA. The Los Angeles Times called the site “a welcome departure from almost any other video entertainment available to kids these days.” MrsP.com is a free, safe and secure site for children, with no ads or subscription fees.