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Sending a message – Song to benefit war-torn kids

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NEW YORK – War Child USA is sending out a Message to the World — a song featuring such celebrities as Rosie O’Donnell, David Cassidy and Wyclef Jean.

Proceeds from the single will be used to aid children areas such as Kosovo.

The song was written and donated by Cassidy, a one-time teen heartthrob and star of TV show The Partridge Family, and his wife, Sue Shifrin-Cassidy. It was produced by Grammy award winner Michael Narada Warren.

The song features celebrity voices as well as the sounds of 50,000 fans at Woodstock ’99 and Kosovar refugee children at Fort Dix, N.J. It was recorded in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest’s Educational Tour Bus, a mobile recording studio that served as the headquarters for “Message to the World.”

Downloading the song costs $2.99.

“We need everyone to join in the fight to protect children against the ravages of war,” Cassidy said.

Shifrin-Cassidy has expanded her philanthropic work by forming KidsCharities.org, an organization set up to benefit multiple children’s charities, including War Child USA.

War Child USA is the newest member of the 7-year-old international War Child network, which seeks to help children in dire circumstances during and after wars.

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