National Philanthropy Day – St. Jude | Love Your Melon – My Experiences + How You Can Get Involved

National Philanthropy Day – St. Jude | Love Your Melon – My Experiences + How You Can Get Involved

Today is National Philanthropy Day, therefore, I want to take some time to talk about the amazing philanthropies I’ve been able to be a part of, as well as give you ideas on how you can get involved with them.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

My heart is filled with so much love for St. Jude, and I have so much respect and admiration for the kiddos who stay there. I got introduced to St. Jude through my sorority, while serving as our chapters assistant VP for philanthropy. Working as the assistant VP taught me so much about all Tri Delta has done for St. Jude. Since partnering as it’s National Philanthropic Partner in 1999, Tri Delt has raised over $55 million dollars for St. Jude. Town and Country magazine named Tri Delta as one of the most prestigious sororities across the country. Their reason? The “Best Charity Partnership.” For instance, my chapter did a softball game, letter writing campaign, and an ice cream social for the 2016-2017 school year. It was such a humbling (and fun!!) experience. 

To Get Involved

 You can donate HERE. In addition, it is possible to also volunteer locally or participate in school, workplace, and fitness fundraisers. Click HERE to find more information about that.

Love Your Melon

When I transferred and knew my school didn’t have my sorority, I still wanted to be involved on campus. LYM sells apparel, with 50% of all of their profits given to pediatric cancer research. So far over $2 million dollars has been donated. In addition to the financial contribution, they also have given out over 100,000 of their beanies to kids with cancer. Being on the Crew allows me to spread the LYM mission, and meet local kids battling cancer. Our crew is able to take them on “superhero adventures.” For example these can includes things like princess parties, football games, etc. It’s all up to the kiddo! Recently, through LYM I volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House. It was a great experience to give back and see the difference that just a couple of hours can make, and I am planning to return in the next few weeks.

To Get Involved

Support the LYM mission by buying a beanie HERE. Make sure to see how you can get involved with your local college’s LYM crew, whether that’s by participating in sponsored events or joining.

Follow the GVSU LYM Crew on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

Getting involved doesn’t need to be big, it needs to be meaningful.  I know it’s easy to get caught up in all the excitement of the holiday season, but take some time to find a way to give back. For example, you can ring bells for the Salvation Army, send food in to the local homeless shelter, or see if there’s a nursing home that could use some volunteers. There’s always something you can do.

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Abby Schuster

Abby is the founder and editor-in-chief at Abundance of Abby. Right now she’s most likely snuggled up with her dog while watching Mad Men or hiking the West Michigan sand dunes with her family.
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