Because of YOU

We have done so many great things together in the past year. And I am not sure if you realize it but YOU have done so many great things this past year. Did you know with all the banks and monies donated we co-sponsored a house for Habitat for Humanity?  Did you know all of you who purchased a Joe’s Turn bag were part of the $1ok+ we donated to  Turnstone, a non-profit center that empowers people with physical disabilities to reach for their full potential in every aspect of life.  How about all you Platinum gals?  Did you know since August, together we raised over $18k for CHASA, a non-profit that offers support to families of infants, children, and young adults who have hemiplegia or hemiplegic cerebral palsy, often due to perinatal stroke, childhood stroke, or other rare causes. How about sponsoring a luncheon to help raise money for the Boys and Girls Club in Fort Wayne? And we can’t forget the 100+ families that received Spread the Love gifts for the Holidays thanks to your nominations…..or the 50+ kids who got back to school supplies and clothing…….or all the orphanages around the world that we have shared with.  There are so many great things we have done. Things that would not be possible if we all weren’t in this together. Thank you!

I am so excited as we move into a New Year. I have grown so passionate about helping as much as we can. Yes, I always have been, but it is amazing how much we can do when we do it together. Sometimes when you feel like you are the only one trying to pull something off, it is hard and a bit overwhelming.

I’ve got a little homework for you. Remember the Tiny Sparrow Dress we sold and raised quite a bit of money for? Well, I think this time it is up to you to pick the non-profit. You guys always jump in heart over heals and help out with CHASA, and Turnstone, and Habitat, that I think it is time to exchange the favor. I am going to come up with a dress to sell, you are going to come up with a deserving group and then we are going to vote on what charity the proceeds will go to. Sound like a plan? Oh, I have so many plans….. but first let me devise this plan and get you the details…..hopefully by January 15


     
Michelle Budlong - January 7, 2012 - 9:14 pm

I also would like to nominate Autism Speaks. A great foundation of reasearch and hope for families affected by the Autism epidemic. 1 in 110 are diagnosed. This organization is very dear to my heart as my son has Autism. Thanks for all you guys do! Can’t wait to see the dress.

Matt Robinson - January 7, 2012 - 7:10 pm

Forgot to leave the website. Abby Marie Foundation – http://www.abbymariehopeforacure.blogspot.com

Matt Robinson - January 7, 2012 - 7:07 pm

I would like to nominate the non profit foundation that my wife founded in honor of my 4 year old daughter. The Abby Marie Foundation started with the main goal being to find a cure for the the brain diseases that have affected my daughter’s life. The foundations has since broadened their goals to helping families who’s children have been diagnosed with one or more brain diseases, and is currently undergoing treatment, or surgeries.

My daughter Abby was born with 3 brain diseases, and doctor’s labeled her incompatible with life. Abby is an identical twin, and her sister is healthy. Abby underwent her 1st brain surgery to place a shunt in her brain at 2 days old. She endured 80 days in the NICU, as well as a total of 7 surgeries before she was 3 months old. Due to her brain diseases, she contracted Bacterial Meningitis at only 5 weeks old (born 32 weeks premature), and we nearly lost her several times. Since then, Abby has acquired a 4th brain diseases, undergone a total of 14 brain and brain related surgeries, with her latest procedures being a total skull reconstruction and a shunt revision in May of 2011. Abby will require brain surgeries for the rest of her life unless a cure is found. Her diseases have taken her ability to walk, talk, crawl, sit, and self feed. However, she is an amazing little girl that still finds joy in life, and brings joy to all that meet her.

It is because of all that Abby has gone through in her short precious life, that my wife and Abby’s Physical Therapist founded the Abby Marie Foundation. Their goal is to raise awareness and fund new research discoveries to find a cure, as well as better treatment options for pediatric brain diseases. The foundation provides financial and emotional support to newly diagnosed families, and families undergoing treatment, and surgery. They are a budding foundation, and this would be a great opportunity to help them raise awareness for all the little warriors that are fighting a battle larger then themselves.

Lisa - January 7, 2012 - 9:16 am

Children’s Miracle Network. After all we buy these gorgeous clothes for our beautiful children. What better way to give back than to give to the sickest of children. I work as an emergency room nurse and I can tell you some of these families and children are the most miraculous people you would ever meet. Their spirt stays high and their beliefs never waver when I have contact with them. I would love to see Matilda Jane have a donation and spread some love to CMN!!

Erin - January 6, 2012 - 8:48 pm

I really think a good nonprofit charity would be the Caring Place. This charity helps children who have lost a love one. It gives them a place to talk to someone and to celebrate life. I have been fundraising for this charity for the past 5 years and have seen a difference with children(families) who have used this service. If you would like more information regarding this charity, please let me know.

Arianne - January 5, 2012 - 5:06 pm

I know you focus on children, but the MJ women’s line is amazing and what I live in daily. What if you focused on changing the lives of women this time. There is a Refuge for Women that takes women out of the Adult Entertainment industry and changes their lives and the lives of their children forever. It is making a huge impact all over the US. I want to see more women know that there is more out their for them and to see themselves as beautiful just at MJ sees all women beautiful and don’t you think they would LOVE a compliment???

DanaOh - January 5, 2012 - 4:55 pm

Okay, just in case you are starting to make a list… what about Girl’s Inc., StandUp for Kids, Operation Smile, Kids In Need, Every Mother Counts, Girls For a Change, Beads of Courage, or Camp Twin Lakes? A smaller organization that is lesser known would be great. Okay, I’ll shush now. 😉 xo

DanaOh - January 5, 2012 - 2:27 pm

Hey, D! You are a girl after my own heart. Been a long time since I’ve been on here, but this was the perfect time for me to stop by. I have been in the middle of researching non-profit organizations locally and globally for a year of good doing. My girls have participated in a program called Girls on the Run®. http://www.girlsontherun.org/theprogram.html “GOTR is a life-changing, character development program for girls in 3rd through 8th grade. Our mission is to inspire girls to be Joyful, Healthy and Confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates Running. We use the power of running to provide girls with the tools to:

Celebrate their bodies,
Honor their voices,
Recognize their gifts, and
Activate their personal power!”
You have helped such an amazing variety of organizations with great success and love, that I think it would be fun this time would be a great opportunity for MJC to partner with an organization that coincides directly with your mission, which is to bring out the confident and colorful shining star in each girl. Now if I could just be as sparkly as that Sammy Pants of yours. Dang, she’s the cutest! 😉

Brandie C. - January 5, 2012 - 11:49 am

So excited<3

Jenine Weinstein - January 3, 2012 - 11:43 pm

What a brilliant idea! I love being part of all of this. I teared up reading all of the “nominations.” Such a beautiful gesture.

Amy Becker - January 3, 2012 - 8:55 pm

http://www.samaritanspurse.org/m/mobile.html
Forgot to leave the website 🙂

Amy Becker - January 3, 2012 - 8:52 pm

Samaratin’s purse is amazing!! You can pick where you want the money to be used or choose for it to be used where needed most. Money goes towards teaching children to read, mosquito nets, education for a child, feed a baby for a year, stock a fish pond, etc. It really is awesome! 🙂

Rachel - January 3, 2012 - 8:07 pm

After reading what Tonja wrote I think St. Jude would be a phenomenal partner for MJC. I volunteered there for several years while in high school and it is amazing what you see and how many people you can touch. The hospital is amazing. Friends of mine had their son there from the time he was 3 months old until he died at 16 months old. They paid what they could and St. Jude took care of the rest. The hospital is amazing. I am hoping to run the half-marathon in December this year in honor of their son Ethan.

Trish J - January 3, 2012 - 7:26 pm

I have a great one!!! It is the Central Florida Coalition for the Homeless… Being a teacher, I see way too many students that are homeless and it is such a scary thing for me to even fathom. These sweet kiddos come to school daily and leave to go to nothing! I have a stack of “pencils” -something so simple that they are not able to have on a daily basis….and now with the weather getting cooler there are obviously lots of things needed to simply keep them warm…This organization gives so much (and needs so much) to help these families on a daily basis so that they are not on the streets or cars or worse. Can’t wait to hear more about the sweet outfit/dress planned!

Trish

Kristy Schmitt - January 3, 2012 - 3:03 pm

Blessings in a Backpack would be thrilled to parter with Matilda Jane to feed the Future of America!

Blessings in a Backpack is a national non-profit organization that feeds impoverished elementary school children on the weekends throughout the U.S.. With 62% of public school children being fed by the federal government Monday through Friday, these kids are at a high risk for starving on the weekends. Through the Blessings program, $80 feeds one child every weekend for the entire 38-week school year. Please partner with us to feed hungry children. Check out our YouTube link: http://tinyurl.com/7cpuwth

P.S. My 5-year-old and I love MJC!!

Ashley Carter - January 3, 2012 - 12:31 pm

How about something with the cancer society? I’m not exactly sure how it works but I’ve volunteered numerous times for the Little Red Door here in IN. I lost my Grandfather 3 years ago Thanksgiving to cancer and I would love to be able to do more, besides volunteering. It could be Susan G Komen, Cancer Society, whatever you gals think is fit but it’s something near and dear to my heart and if you had a dress I’d likely get one for every girl I know!
Thanks for all you wonderful ladies do!

Amie @ Itsystitch - January 3, 2012 - 5:42 am

This is really awesome! I am excited to see the charities! One very important charity, in my opinion, is Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep http://www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org/

This organization works on a national network of volunteer photographers and provides free, high quality infant bereavement photography. I may not sound like a huge thing, but for a parent who only gets 2 hours with their child, it is invaluable. I personally have photographed over 20 babies, some terminally ill, some already passed, some who actually died in my presence. I know many other photographers who have done it far more often than even I, and I cannot tell you the gratitude that comes from the bereaved parents. I can attest to this personally, as I have a very small amount of images of my own daughter who died in 2004, and not a week goes by that I don’t wish I had more.

MJC fan - January 3, 2012 - 5:42 am
lil - January 2, 2012 - 10:43 pm

I just love your family pictures. Everyone looks so happy and you all look GReaT! 🙂

Tonja - January 2, 2012 - 10:37 pm

What an amazing company this continues to be. So many good nominations. So sad that there are so many though. I’ve been looking at websites and crying. Do you have any idea how many times MJC has been instrumental in touching my heart and making me cry? I’ve lost count, but it is a lot. I’d like to nominate (or second or third others nominations) St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Missy L - January 2, 2012 - 9:42 pm

I’d like to nominate Sacred Selections, http://www.sacredselections.org/.

The Layla Grace Goundation is a great choice also.

Missy L - January 2, 2012 - 9:41 pm

I’d like to nominate Sacred Selections, http://www.sacredselections.org/.

The Layla Grace Foundation is also a great choice.

jennifer cain - January 2, 2012 - 8:52 pm

exciting Idea!

Melanie H. - January 2, 2012 - 8:38 pm

Love this idea! Love your huge heart! Happy New Year, Denise, family & all the MJC crew! Your generous ideas always bring a smile to my lips & joy to my heart! Thank you!

Gen Chamblee - January 2, 2012 - 8:34 pm
Gen Chamblee - January 2, 2012 - 8:33 pm

I would love to nominate The Sierra Rayn Foundation.
Sierra Rayn was 21 months old and diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma. She fought for 11 months having 5 masses in her tiny body.
She endured 3 1/2 months on a vent, she was on 2 strong narcotics that were so high in dosages that it could kill an adult, she had 6 chest tubes, 1 belly tube, she coded twice, she had pneumonia, 7 rounds of chemo, 2 massive blood infections, 9 1/2 hour surgery, multiple blood transfusions, was on oxygen for months, endless scans, x-rays, and IV pokes.
Sierra gained her wings on November 23, 2010 at 2 1/2 years old.
Her story and life has impacted and touched millions.

Maranda Benckendorf - January 2, 2012 - 7:49 pm

Did you know it costs 1.6 million dollars to run St. Jude for one day?! Please help Julie Locke and the Dax Locke Foundation raise enough money to run St. Jude for a day. Since losing her son Dax to childhood cancer Julie Locke has been trying to raise enough to run this amazing place for a day.

Hillary C - January 2, 2012 - 7:47 pm

I love this idea! Can’t wait to see this come together.

Renae Kulak - January 2, 2012 - 7:30 pm

Hello I would LOVE to see you do something for the Layla Grace Foundation. http://laylagrace.org/ Shanna and Ryan Marsh are unbelievable in what they have been able to accomplish from the loss of their dear Layla. I think that more people need to know about Neuroblastoma and childhood cancer.

Layla Grace Marsh was born on November 26, 2007. At 17 months old, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. The next 10 months of her life consisted of chemotherapy, radiation, surgeries, multiple blood transfusions, and a bone marrow harvest and transplant. Her parents, Ryan and Shanna Marsh, chronicled her progress through Twitter and their blog, laylagrace.org. On March 9, 2010—the joy, the beauty, the fighter—gained her wings.

The story of Layla’s life has impacted the lives of millions of people. Connect with her story, like so many others have, to understand what drives us, and what about her touched so many.

Rachel Kee - January 2, 2012 - 7:26 pm

Almost 35 years ago my birth mother went to prison and I had to be placed in a foster home. Luckily my b. mom didn’t want to give me to the state and gave me to a private agency called Agape. It is a not for profit adoption agency who places kids, helps mothers get on their feet, teachers parenting classes, and helps find families for children who were in the same position I was. I have been fortunate enough to be able to give when they need things for the families in training (FIT) homes, clothing, money and etc. I know several other success stories from this agency and I am amazed at the work they do. It is due to donations that they can do this. They are throughout parts of TN and they are an amazing group of people. Here is there website http://www.agapemeanslove.org

If it were not for them, I would have probably been passed around from foster home to foster home or ended up a ward of the state. I grew up with this adoption agency in my life because we kept foster kids from there until I was in middle school. It is a great company and they can always use donations. We still collect “pennies for agape” like I did when I was a kid. I know they would appreciate it so much and you would be helping LOTS of kids and families.

On an unrelated note- GREAT picture and you guys look fabulous!

daydreambelieverneverhomecomingqueen - January 2, 2012 - 6:43 pm

I nominate the March of Dimes…an organization that helps babies/families of premature births. They make a huge difference to families who need their help, trust me. (thanks for your giving heart… you are so special)

Ashley - January 2, 2012 - 6:30 pm

A piece of my heart (and our monthly income) always goes to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital. I have been a partner in hope for 11 years. All of the listed causes are great, so I guess you can’t go wrong:)

Renee - January 2, 2012 - 5:58 pm

Juvenile Diabetest Foundation! My husband has had diabetes since age 7. We need to find a cure. Thanks and awesome idea. Happy New Year!

christine b - January 2, 2012 - 5:04 pm

Amazing!!!

Candace Love - January 2, 2012 - 4:50 pm

I work for an amazing non-profit in Lebanon,TN called Empower Me Day Camp. We serve children with disabilities in a rural town in Middle Tennessee. We provide all kinds of amazing services to about 60 children. We currently have over a hundred families on a waiting list. We even have campers that come hundreds of miles just to spend a week with us every summer. We are currently trying to raise money to build our own facility so that we can host more campers and provide year round activities to these amazing kids. We also hope to extend our program to adults with disabilities. We just need people to know we exist for the donations to come rolling in. Please check out http://www.empowermedaycamp.com for more information about a very deserving organization!

Michelle Bjors - January 2, 2012 - 4:38 pm

Denise- Please consider http://www.autismspeaks.org/. More children are affected by autism that any other illness or disability. The statistics say it all. 1 out of every 110 children born today will be diagnosed. The statistics for boys is even higher. 1 out of 81. Autism Speaks is a phenomanal organization. They are leading the way in research.
Thanks,
Michelle..mom to Carson, age 12, with Autism

Beth Killian - January 2, 2012 - 4:36 pm

You guys are just too cute! Thanks for all you do, love supporting a company like MJ

Sally - January 2, 2012 - 4:35 pm

Compassion International! They help children in poverty-stricken countries who would otherwise have no hope. We are so blessed to be able to sponsor a sweet girl in Honduras and I love everything about their program. http://www.compassion.com

Amy Hanshew - January 2, 2012 - 3:47 pm

I agree with the previous poster who mentioned http://www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org

There are so many women, including many of your customers, that have lost a child late in pregnancy. My Sister-in-law lost a child at 36 weeks and the hospital contacted Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep to take pictures of her daughter. It truly is an amazing service.

Alexandra Farnham - January 2, 2012 - 3:33 pm

I’d like to nominate the project ladybug foundation they are committed to helping family in need of financial assistance to help treat children with life threatening conditions.

C Hamilton - January 2, 2012 - 3:30 pm

Can’t wait to see the dress! I would love to nominate Layla Grace Foundation.

Leslie Click - January 2, 2012 - 3:24 pm

I am jumping up and down- its kinda hard to type and get this excited!!! I had written you guys about a couple of months ago about two little girls that have HLHS- Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome…about making a dress for them…but I guess it got lost in the email world…and there were so many people in share the love they didnt get picked(understandable with so many) so Here’s my plea!!!! Please pick the Whole Hearts Foundation!!!! When you devise a plan I will send you all the info!!!! This would just make my whole 2012!!!! Love you guys!!!!

Kelly Agnew - January 2, 2012 - 3:14 pm

Addisfaithfoundation.org!!! A family I know started a pediatric brain tumor research organization in honor of their daughter. Miraculously, MD Anderson Cancer Center saved and cloned Addi’s tumor cells and have now found a drug that KILLS THE TUMOR!!! Now they are in desperate need of research funds to help develop this drug and ready it for children whose lives depend on it. Please, please, please check out their website.

Karen - January 2, 2012 - 2:51 pm

I would love to have a charity like Make A Wish, that gives children and their families with terminal illnesses dream trips. As a parent(and we all are)…the most unimaginable thing that could happen to me would be to have a sick child and loose them. I would want to make the best of every second I had with them….just a thought.

Jennifer - January 2, 2012 - 2:37 pm

Families touched by autism!

Nicole Korensky - January 2, 2012 - 2:31 pm

Sounds like a fun idea! It feels so good to GIVE!
Btw, Love that sweater dress or top you’re wearing-super cute!! 🙂

Denise - January 2, 2012 - 2:30 pm

Of course Hope!!! We hope to do another build next season. And everyone else, please be sure to check back when it is time to nominate your charity!!

Hope Boyce - January 2, 2012 - 2:24 pm

I haven’t turned in the Habitat for Humanity money I’ve been saving since it started! I didn’t have a little house, but Alicia sent me one and my TK, Kathleen Smith, donated one for each grandchild to help me save. I have quite a large sum – will you be doing another house/Habitat for Humanity project?

jessica wons - January 2, 2012 - 2:20 pm

“ALEX’S LEMONADE STAND”foundation for childhood cancer

Courtney Wilson - January 2, 2012 - 2:17 pm

I would love to nominate theadventureproject.org – think of all of the moms helping moms!

Lyn S - January 2, 2012 - 2:15 pm

Love this! Pic is beautiful!!!

Kim - January 2, 2012 - 2:13 pm
Jen - January 2, 2012 - 1:54 pm

Don’t forget about the adorable girls you outfitted at the orphanage! 🙂 I’m glad to see a strong company and real people behind it giving back.

Jill - January 2, 2012 - 1:52 pm

Compassion International!

Pamela Brooks - January 2, 2012 - 1:52 pm

The non profit charity I would like to recommend is: To Write Love on Her Arms.

Mom of 5 - January 2, 2012 - 1:44 pm

love this!