(For more information on the Gift² project, click here.)
ORGANIZATION: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
PERFECT FOR: Gifts of brand name items for the women on your list; stocking stuffers of pens, candles, and teddy bears
COST: $1 – $88
WHAT YOU GET: Brand name items from Juice, Lucky, DKNY, Paul Frank, & 9 West as well as other apparel, home gifts, jewelry, children’s items, and accessories
WHAT YOU GIVE: Funds for research and treatment of cancer and other catastrophic diseases, specifically in children
BOASTS: In 2009, St. Jude was named the Number 1 pediatric cancer care hospital in the country. They have developed protocols that help push overall survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20% when they opened in 1962 to 80% today, including 94% survival rate for children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, 90% for Hidgkin lymphoma and Wilms tumor, and 85% for Medulloblastoma. In the past five years, 81 cents of every dollar received has supported the research and treatment at St. Jude.
LEGITIMACY: Most likely, you’ve heard of St. Jude’s before. It’s been around since 1962, and it’s legit. St. Jude’s is a BBB Accredited charity, and you can find out every detail about the business on the BBB website here. St. Jude is a registered 501c3.
MORE DETAILS: I’ve heard about St. Jude since I was in elementary school, a private school that had many activities to raise funds for St. Jude. I’m specifically including this shop on the Gift² list for my dad, as St. Jude is one of his favorite charities and he requests no one in the family get him gifts but rather donate to St. Jude instead. So for me this year, spreading the word about this charity and ways you can bless it while buying gifts for the people on your list, is the equivalent of that.