Comments for a Cause Day! Before I share February's new cause, let me share about January's numbers. In January I had 66 comments, creating a $33 donation to Cupid's Undie Run Mason City. Thank you to everyone that commented and I'll be sure to share about the February 13th race later this month!
In the month of February, I am excited to be donating $0.50 for every comment made on my blog to Love Your Melon.
Comments for a Cause organizations and causes from a number of places - family, friends, lemonade stands, and now social media. You know, I'm kind of surprised I haven't been influenced by social media more in the past, but this month's cause all came from an Instagram post from the Iowa Nice Guy - Scot Siepker, wearing a stocking cap. Now it isn't unusual to see people take selfies wearing stocking caps, especially Iowans during the winter, but this stocking cap was something special. It was a Love Your Melon stocking cap.
Love You Melon was founded in an entrepreneurship class in the Fall of 2012 at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota by two friends and classmates, Zach and Brian. There mission has stayed true since the start and it is to "improve the lives of children battling cancer." Their simple solution to this was and is to put a hat on every child battling cancer in America.
Founder Zach said, "We founded the organization while we were sophomores in college. We wanted to help those in need. The hats that we made were popular enough to sell out the first weekend. On December 18th, 2012, we got to go to our first hospital donation event and it was then that we knew how cool this idea was. Seeing the smiles on the kids faces that day was incredible so we kept making the hats."
After taking the campaign on a couple nationwide tours, the program has now worked to establish a network of college students of over 7,500 attending over 500 different schools across the nation. These students are ambassadors who sell and donate hats. The original program of "buying a hat, giving a hat" has promised more than 45,000 hats to children battling cancer in the United States. These hats are donated in person at hospitals nationally by the college ambassadors who dress up as superheroes.
Now the program is partnering with the Pinky Swear Foundation and the CureSearch for Children's Cancer. The new program model has 50% of the net proceeds of every Love Your Melon product sold donated to these two organizations. This new program will continue to give hats to all kids battling cancer, as well as to fund research to beat childhood cancer.
So help me put a hat on a child cancer patient by commenting all month long. You can personally check out the Love Your Melon merchandise shop and make a donation by modeling a new hat this winter. Remember to Comment for a Cause!