FRIENDS! I literally could not be more excited about today’s post. It’s December, I’m feeling festive, and I have full confidence that we are all about to join together FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW to do something INCREDIBLE!
If you’ve been a blog reader for a while now, you know for over 10 years now that Shay and I have hosted a giveaway to kick off the holiday season. A couple of years ago we decided to make it bigger than ever and join together as a community to GIVE BACK!!! We wanted to GO BIG. Like REALLY big, but we were going to need y’alls help. Well, just like we knew you would, Y’ALL SHOWED UP.
Over the last 2 years, we have raised just over $150,000 for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®!
That’s right. ONE HUNDRED FIFTYY THOUSAND DOLLARS.
My heart just swells when I hear that number! And we want to raise more money and do more good this year!
One of you lucky ladies that joins our cause is going to receive a FABULOUS prize (more on the prize in a bit), but the real prize here is that we’re all going to do something wonderful together and hopefully raise a ton of money. My heart is racing, y’all. I’m SO EXCITED.
We’ll get to the prize in a minute, but first I want to share a little bit about St. Jude (don’t donate on this link). Because if you’re like me, when you learn about St. Jude, you can’t help but want to give!
I had the privilege of attending a St. Jude Virtual Influencer Summit several summers ago, and I really enjoyed learning about the hospital and their mission. I of course was familiar with St. Jude, but during the 2-day event, I learned new (to me) information about the hospital and their brand. I was also given the wonderful opportunity to hear directly from St. Jude families. Hearing from the families was incredibly impactful. St. Jude families have all been through so much, and they are all exceedingly grateful for what St. Jude has done for their families and for their children. I knew immediately I wanted to be a part of it.
The St. Jude purpose is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.®
And get this… families NEVER receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food. Think about that! Families that are going through the most difficult trials imaginable are not having to worry about paying for the treatment that gives their child the best chance at a healthy and happy future. INCREDIBLE.
Not only that, but treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened 60 years ago. So not only are children being treated for free, they are also receiving the absolute best care possible. And St. Jude won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.
I bet you are wondering how St. Jude fits into this….
Donating to St. Jude via this link will give you the chance to be the recipient of our fabulous giveaway.
One lucky lady is going to get an awesome prize, and St. Jude families are going to benefit greatly from all of YOUR generosity.
So…..what’s the prize? So glad you asked!
It’s the Saint Laurent Lou Matelassé Leather Camera Bag! One generous doner will have this bag (in her color choice) shipped directly to her home! The random name selected will be announced here on our blogs WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6TH.
Okay but how does this fit in with St. Jude?
Here are the simple steps:
Go HERE and make a secure donation on our St. Jude donation page by Monday night at 11:59 p.m. CST.
Our contact at St. Jude will choose a random name from all of the donations (made via this link), and we will announce the recipient on Wednesday’s blog post.
It really is just that easy! And it’s such a simple AND FABULOUS way to celebrate the season.
There are donation buttons for $30, $50, $100, and $250…but there is also an “OTHER” button! The OTHER button can be used for donations starting at just $10, and every single donation will be so appreciated! If you are feeling super generous, you can also use the OTHER button to write in donations larger than $250, and we would of course be thrilled if some of you were able to do that!
THIS YEAR EVERY SINGLE $10 DONATION will get you an entry! (If you want to give $100 to St. Jude, you can of course give one $100 donation and it will give you one entry into the contest. However, if you make ten $10 donations, you will be entered into the contest 10 different times! If you want to make a $200 donation in $10 increments, you will get twenty entries!)
My family personally participated in this fundraiser the last 2 years, and we will of course do so this year as well. WE LOVE GIVING TO ST. JUDE AND BEING A PART OF THIS CAUSE! All donations to St. Jude are tax deductible, and those who donate will receive a confirmation e-mail with all information needed for tax purposes. In order to have a chance to be the lucky recipient of a designer bag, your donation needs to be made by 11:59 p.m. CST on Monday, December 4th.
And then, as a THANK YOU for your generosity for this campaign and your support during the year, one of you will be gifted with a THANK YOU BAG!
My hope is that a little bit of holiday spirit and magic will fill us all, and we will come together to help bless the socks off of St. Jude families. I’m so excited to be a part of blessing and loving on these very deserving families.
Let’s take a look at what some of our money can do! For example, $10 can provide a new toy for a hospital play area! And $250 provides a meal card to a St. Jude family for 1 week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the hospital’s cafeteria. I love seeing specifics on how our money will go to work.
And check out the progress that St. Jude has made with treatments! And it’s not just the families at St. Jude that benefit from the research. Treatments developed at St. Jude are used all over the world! They are helping to save kids EVERYWHERE.
Click HERE to watch a video highlighting the global impact of St. Jude.
While all of the data is beyond impressive and completely compelling, it’s the St. Jude videos that really pull at my heartstrings and make me want to get involved. I literally cannot imagine what these parents have gone thru, and it is so obvious how grateful they are to St. Jude for the treatment that their child received there as well as their overall experience. If you’re a parent yourself, the St. Jude videos will impact you deeply.
I hope you are inspired to be a part of the St. Jude community, and I of course hope you are excited to join with us and HELP US CELEBRATE THIS SEASON BY GIVING TODAY!
And don’t forget to check with your employers, because many employers will match donations!
Make sure you are following us on Instagram (@sheaffertoldmeto and @mixandmatchmama) because we will both be updating you on how much money we are raising throughout the day!
You can click HERE right now and help make a lasting impact for St. Jude families. No amount is too small. WE CAN DO THIS! LET’S DO THIS TOGETHER!
From the bottom of our hearts, Shay and I want to thank you in advance for your generosity. I just love this little community of ours, and I’m excited to see what we can do together!