Birmingham Branch makes dream come true for 6-year-old with cancer
Magic Moments is an organization that “relies on the generosity of donors to make dreams come true for children living in Alabama with chronic life-threatening diseases.” Guild’s Birmingham branch partnered with Magic Moments to see that Judith, who goes by JuJu, experienced the perfect, magical fairytale.
As a bit of background, JuJu might just be one of the toughest six year olds around. Not only has she dealt with a cancer diagnosis since age four, but she also tragically lost her parents. JuJu has fought through numerous hospital stays, chemotherapy and radiation, and two bone marrow treatments. She is now nearing the end of her therapy.
Although JuJu has been too sick to travel during the past few years, her doctors recently gave her the “go ahead” to take a trip. That’s where our Birmingham team came into play.
Together with Magic Moments, the Birmingham team arranged a paid vacation to Disney for JuJu and her grandmother (JuJu’s caregiver and guardian), as well as JuJu’s aunt and cousin! Through their efforts to both collect and contribute their own donations, the Birmingham team was able to raise the $4,000 needed to send the family on their dream vacation.
The best part is that JuJu had no idea. Guild employees joined forces and transformed the Birmingham office into a “Frozen” wonderland, complete with the theme song playing in the background as a way to surprise JuJu with the news.
San Diego Operations Team sports red noses for needy children
The Operations Team in San Diego celebrated its second annual Red Nose Day in 2017 to show how important it is to pay it forward. Red Nose Day is a campaign run by a nonprofit organization, Comic Relief Inc., whose mission is to end child poverty, one nose at a time. The day brings people together to have fun, raise money and change the lives of kids who need help the most.
Red Nose Day benefits programs for children and young people in all 50 states and in 25 countries internationally to make sure children in need are safe, healthy and educated. Beneficiaries include Boys & Girls Clubs of America, charity:water, Children’s Health Fund, Feeding America, National Council of La Raza, Save the Children, the Global Fund, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
Salt Lake City Operations Center Team serves up lunch for children and military families
The Salt Lake City Operations Center Team hosted two luncheons for the Ronald McDonald House at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City. With more than 110 lunches served, Guild was honored to provide meals to the families of kids being treated locally.
Additionally, the SLC team continued their efforts by hosting a BBQ for the Fisher House Foundation at the VA Hospital.. Serving thousands of families over the last several years, the Fisher House Foundation is best known for their donation of comfort homes built for America’s military and veteran families in their time of need.
Similar to The Ronald McDonald House Charities, the homes donated by the Fisher House Foundation are built so families can be close to their loved ones at no cost during an unexpected illness, disease, injury or treatment.
Guild employees brought food to share with the veterans and their families who were staying at Fisher House. Employees enjoyed sharing a meal with resident veterans and hearing the stories of their service days.
Holly Nelson, Regional Suspense Coordinator at the Salt Lake City Operations Center said, “It was such an incredible experience to be able to give back to these people who have sacrificed so much on our behalf.”
Hawaii employees walk to raise money for Oahu nonprofits
More than 50 Guild employees took to the streets of Waikiki in 2017 for the 39th annual Charity Walk. Employees and the greater community helped raise $440,000 in donations for Oahu nonprofit organizations.
The Charity Walk is now Hawaii’s largest single-day fundraising event by a nonprofit. Since its inception, more than $32 million has been raised to support 346 charities throughout the state. Money raised on the island is distributed locally.
Each year, Guild participates in this tradition of sharing and kokua (Hawaiian word that translates as “extending loving, sacrificial help to others”). The walk is 5.25 miles long and the event includes food, fun, entertainment and exercise.