CAUSES WE SUPPORT
The History of Ears To You
The idea for Ears To You came while Ruth was in the hospital for a possible infection in April 2008. With lots of time on her hands, she spent time thinking about what she could do to help other women going through treatment. As she sat there in her hospital gown in her bandanna without any earrings or makeup on, she realized how important those little everyday adornments were that made her feel more attractive and "normal." With God's inspiration, Ruth decided that providing earrings to women undergoing chemotherapy would be something she could not only do, but could get started right away!
Once Ruth had the idea for Ears To You and got the great name from her brother who works in advertising. she knew who to turn to for help. Her friend Debbie Smith, owner of a home based business called Rings & Other Things, knew how to get earrings at a great price to get the program started. Since Debbie is a vendor, she can secure earrings that are cute, fashionable, nickel and lead-free at a great price and then sells them to Ears To You for just $5 a pair.
Ruth started the program at the Cleveland Clinic. In fact, the first day the earrings were passed out was the last chemo treatment for Ruth. What a sweet day that was! Many patients couldn't decide between earrings so they were told to take both pairs! From there, Ears To You has been expanded to hospitals around the country and has continued to bring smiles to women and girls with cancer!
The earrings are passed out by nurses or social workers, and each hospital has developed a system that works for their purposes. Sometimes a woman will receive a new pair of earrings at each chemotherapy treatment; other times a woman may receive a pair of earrings on a day when she's especially struggling, or at her last chemo treatment.
Each pair of earrings is put on an earring card that says "Ears To You" so each pair looks great. The earrings that are passed out are either bought through Debbie or donated to Ruth. All the earrings are NEW and range in size, style and appearance. This is what makes the program work so well! With women of varying ages, styles and preferences going through treatment, it is imperative to have earrings that will be attractive to every woman.
Since that day in June 2008, Ears To You has provided over 6,000 pairs of earrings to women undergoing chemotherapy. It is our hope that Ears To You can continued to be expanded to hospitals around the country and the world! Women and tweens/teens everywhere going through chemo should be able to get that little boost from a new pair of earrings that she selects! Get on board with Ears To You today!
Santa's Hide A Way Hollow
Santa's Hide A Way Hollow, a non-profit organization founded in 1981, is dedicated to working with seriously and terminally ill children and their families to provide comfort and support throughout the final stages of the child's illness. Many children ask to see Santa for a last Christmas as they near the end of their struggle. Santa's Hide Away is committed to meeting that very need any time of the year. Santa gives his healing Spirit to all!
Terminally and seriously ill children face incredible personal challenges throughout the progressive stages of their illness. The mythology and folkways of Santa Claus represents a very special form of support for these children. Santa Claus is about listening and supporting a child's dreams, wishes and emotional and spiritual needs. A day of excitement being with Santa is a statement about the child's worthiness. A child is encouraged to ask for what it is he or she wants and participates in the Spirit of Christmas with their family and friends. Santa also provides joyful and fond memories for the families that will support their healing needs after the loss of their loved one.
Santa has seen over 58,000 sick children over the last 30 years. We are 100% volunteer driven. No one in the organization receives a salary or fee. Santa arrives on the North Pole Firetrucks which are actual firetrucks driven by actual firemen who volunteer their time when not on duty at their stations.
Jewelers for Children
Jewelers for Children was founded in 1999 by the U.S. jewelry industry with the mission of helping children in need. Since its inception, JFC has donated more than $ 37 million to programs benefiting children whose lives have been affected by illness, abuse, or neglect through our charity partners St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and the National CASA Association. JFC also provides support to the Make-A-Wish Foundation International and the Santa-America Fund. This nationwide success is due to the continuing generosity of jewelry trade organizations, jewelry and watch manufacturing companies, jewelry retail stores, individual jewelry professionals, and jewelry consumers.
Our goals are to unite the generous charitable giving efforts of the jewelry industry to support as many children in need as possible. We strive to involve more and more jewelers in our efforts and to promote to the consumer the good work that the jewelry industry is doing through Jewelers for Children.
The support from the jewelry industry has allowed for more than 1,200 children to be granted wishes in the U.S. and more than 12,000 to have their wish granted in India. More than 4,000 children in foster care have been helped with the support from the jewelry industry and more than 100,000 women have received support at clinics in developing countries. Our support has also provided for a bone marrow transplant unit, a chair in Genes and Genetic therapy and a stem cell transplant laboratory, all providing for hundreds of children to be treated for deadly cancers.
In 2010, nearly 1,600 companies have stepped up to become part of the industry's charity.
In the fall of 2010, Jewelers for Children introduced its first consumer media campaign to highlight the generosity of the jewelry industry through the organization. The campaign, fully donated, featured a JFC advertisement in major consumer publications. This was made possible with the support of Viewpoint Marketing, Studio-PR, Sandone Studios and Corporate Graphix. The campaign will be updated for the fall of 2011.
JFC success is achieved through the use of an extensive network of dedicated board members who are required to serve on committees and assist in involving more companies within the jewelry industry and increasing the amount of support we are able to provide to our charity partners.