Jewelers for Children, the industry’s charity, has launched its 2008 Hope for the Holidays program. It includes holiday greeting cards, an honor donation program, and contribution cards and inserts. All elements of the program have been produced from artwork created by children representing JFC’s charity partners.
In lieu of traditional holiday greetings, members of the jewelry industry can send holiday cards showing their support for the charity. Five greeting card designs are available, four created by children in the foster care system representing the National CASA Association and one by a St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital patient (They appear throughout this article). 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 are available as an option for use 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 to complete their gift-giving for the season and support children in need. JFC provides suggested language for a letter and customized donation forms.
In 2007, the Hope for the Holidays program raised more than $ 150,000 for JFC charity partners: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the National CASA Association.
Information on purchasing holiday cards, contribution cards and inserts, and the honor donation program can be found on JFC’s Web site at www.jewelersforchildren.org, or by calling 212-687-2949.