Jewelers for Children Unveils 2006 Holiday Program

Jewelers for Children has announced the 2006 Hope for the Holidays program. The program includes holiday greeting cards, honor donations, contribution cards and inserts, and the first edition of the JFC holiday ornament, which can be sold in retail jewelry stores. All elements of the program have been produced from artwork created by children representing JFC’s charity partners.

The new ornament is based on a design from one of the 2006 greeting cards created by a patient at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The ornaments are available for purchase from JFC for $10 each, and retailers can resell them in their stores, give them as incentives with purchases, or use them as gifts. They come in attractive gift boxes with an insert card describing JFC and the support the industry provides to children in need.

In lieu of traditional holiday greetings, members of the jewelry industry can send holiday cards showing their support for the charity. Three greeting card designs are available, two created by children in the foster care system representing the National CASA Association and one by a St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital patient. There are also contribution recognition cards that can be purchased with a donation to JFC and sent to special contacts on everyone’s holiday list. Contribution card inserts can also be purchased and used with any holiday card.

Honor donation programs are conducted by a number of companies in the industry who send letters to their customers and suppliers asking that in lieu of holiday gifts, a donation be made in their honor to JFC. The honor donation program can be used by anyone in the industry. JFC provides suggested language for a letter and customized donation forms.

The 2005 Hope for the Holidays program raised more than $200,000 for JFC and its recipient charities, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and the National CASA Association.

Information on purchasing holiday cards, contribution cards and inserts, holiday ornaments, and the honor donation program can be found on JFC’s Web site at www.jewelersforchildren.org, or by calling (212) 687-2949.

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 $23 million to programs benefiting children whose lives have been affected by illness, abuse, or neglect.