In our communities around the world, there are families in poverty who struggle to overcome the challenges of everyday life and meet their basic needs. We understand the importance of a warm meal, clean clothing, and a safe place to sleep. This is why we are passionate about supporting nonprofit organizations that help fill these critical basic needs for vulnerable families.
In the U.S., TJX supports Cradles to Crayons, which serves children from birth through age 12 living in homeless shelters or low-income situations, and provides them with high quality, essential items they need to thrive. In addition to TJX’s financial support, we have Associate engagement programs with Cradles to Crayons in Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago. In 2020, with in-person programs temporarily suspended due to COVID-19, Associates volunteered “at home” as part of the organization’s Pick, Pack and Give Back! pilot program where participants put together boxes of clothing and shipped them directly to children in need. In addition, Associates in our Distribution Centers collected and donated coats to all three Cradles to Crayons locations.
For almost three decades, TJX has supported the Dimock Center, a community health center recognized nationally as a model for the delivery of comprehensive health and human services in an urban community. Dimock provides Massachusetts residents access to high quality, low cost health care and whole person services. Through sponsorship and Associate volunteerism, TJX has helped Dimock increase access to education and other opportunities for more than 1,000 children and families in their early childhood educations programs and family shelter. In 2020, TJX’s partnership with Dimock included support for their COVID-19 response efforts, as well as a “Stuff the Bus” program, in partnership with Save the Children, that provided more than 1,000 backpacks to children and families from Dimock’s community.
Since the launch of the Find Your Stride initiative in 2019, TJX Canada has embarked on a mission to help vulnerable women gain the skills and support they need to thrive in life. Two of our key partners are Dress for Success Canada and the Calgary Women in Need Society (WINS). Dress for Success Canada provides professional attire, along with other support, to help women in need thrive in work and in life. While it has 13 locations across Canada, with our support, Dress for Success hopes to extend its reach to new geographies. In Calgary, WINS serves as a homegrown thrift charity. Through its Free Goods Referral program, women in poverty and their families can obtain basic needs support through a network of 80+ partnered agencies.
We are also very proud to support Habitat for Humanity Canada, to which we donated over 400 pallets of merchandise in 2020. Habitat for Humanity Canada brings communities together to help families build strength, stability, and independence through affordable home ownership. With the help of volunteers, Habitat for Humanity builds and restores safe, decent, and affordable homes, including single family and multi-unit houses. Their model of affordable homeownership bridges a gap for low income families.
Making a Difference:
Since 2015, our U.S. retail chains have teamed up each Thanksgiving season for an in-store fundraising campaign to support families in need of food assistance during the holidays. In 2020, through this campaign, funds from our U.S. Foundation and customer donations were provided to Feeding America for distribution to nearly 200 member food banks located in our communities. According to Feeding America, this translated into an estimated 13 million meals served to those in need.
Additionally, throughout the holiday season, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods sponsored Feeding America’s Carol For A Cause, a social media campaign designed to help bring joy during a tough holiday season while giving back to people in need. Each carol submission helped provide the equivalent of 100 meals to Feeding America.
"Feeding America's mission is to feed America's hungry and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. As a result of the pandemic, our nationwide network of food banks have seen an increase in demand for food assistance. Our 200 member food banks need support from the communities we serve now more than ever. We are grateful for T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, Homesense, and Sierra’s continued commitment to help provide millions of meals to people in need."
Casey Marsh, Chief Development Officer