I’m thrilled to announce the launch of our new Giving Program. Over the years we’ve done what we could to support charities and non-profits, usually through donating products to auctions and the like. Starting in 2016 we’re making charitable giving a part of our business model and I couldn’t be more excited.
Each quarter we will donate to a different charity or non-profit, and are very much interested in hearing from YOU about who you would like to see us support. As you you find on the Giving Program page, there is a submission form you can use to let us know. All submissions will be considered and each quarter we will donate to a new organization.
For the first quarter of 2016 I’m so happy to be giving to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The kids whom St. Jude treats are suffering from life-threatening childhood illnesses such as cancer and sickle cell disease, and many of the treatment protocols require care that can last for years. For example, the average cost for treating acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common form of childhood cancer, is more than $485,000 over a two to three year treatment plan.
Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food. While the hospital accepts insurance, many services provided by St. Jude have never been covered by insurance, and will not be in the future. In fact, only 12% of the money to operate the hospital comes from insurance recoveries and 10% comes from grants.
Unlike other hospitals, the majority of funding for St. Jude comes from donors. It costs $2 million per day to operate St. Jude, and public contributions provide 75 percent of the funds necessary to operate the hospital.
I remember being a little kid, around age 10, and seeing St. Jude on TV and just crying and crying because my heart broke for the kids I was watching. I felt so helpless not to be able to do anything for them. (I WAS 10 though, after all.)
Now Jessicurl has been in business for 13 years. The hair business. I understand what a luxury it is to be so consumed with hair, even though I’m also the first to admit that it is MORE than just hair.
For all of these reasons, I’m just elated that we’ll be making a contribution to St. Jude.
I’m also eager to hear from you about who you think we should support in the future, so please feel free to let me know using the form on the Giving Program page.
Here’s to 2016 being a happy and healthy year for everyone.