"Overwhelmingly powerful" are the two words that Joe Dubord used to describe his first trip to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, an organization HomeGoods has proudly partnered with for the past 5 years.
HomeGoods' charitable work is primarily focused on helping families fight cancer, so our partnership with St. Jude is a natural fit, and one that our organization takes great pride in. HomeGoods Associates participate in St. Jude's annual Thanks and Giving campaign, raising awareness and inspiring our customers to help contribute funds to support St. Jude's lifesaving work. We also sell an exclusive collection of holiday-themed water globes to help raise money for St. Jude.
In an effort to help our Associates better understand the important work being done at St. Jude, once a year, some of our field management, distribution center and home office Associates have an opportunity to visit St. Jude in Tennessee.
After touring the facility and meeting members of the St. Jude team, HomeGoods hosts a celebration for patients and their families in which our Associates have the opportunity to engage with the kids in a variety of fun activities including art projects, interactive games and gift-giving. This "hands on" experience allows our Associates to come away with an even greater appreciation of the work being done and tangible examples of how our support helps to positively impact their lives. They bring their stories back to their stores and offices to inspire an even broader base of Associates to continue to get involved.
The enthusiasm of our store Associates helps to encourage the participation of HomeGoods customers. Together with our customers, we continue to challenge ourselves in our fundraising goals so we may ultimately help more children at St. Jude who are in need of medical treatment.
"I am proud that our Company is fiercely committed to supporting an organization like St. Jude. Each year, when we visit and witness the tireless effort of the staff and unbelievable strength of these children and families, we come back to our day jobs more humble and even more motivated to make a difference in these children's lives," said David Glenn, Senior Vice President, Director of Stores, HomeGoods.
Posted: April 2015
I didn't know what to expect. It's an incredibly tough situation for children and families, but the positive energy and mood within the hospital was heartwarming and impressive.