Giving HOPE During the Holidays
Seven years ago, Lyzzi Elliott found herself visiting a friend’s daughter in the hospital on Christmas Eve. She happened to have a Barbie ornament in her purse and on impulse gave it to the little girl in the hospital bed. Lyzzi explained, “When I gave her the ornament and saw her smile—I didn’t see her breathing tube or shaved head anymore—all I saw was a happy little girl, with a Christmas gift she could hang from her hospital bed”.
That was the start of HOPE Ornaments, a non-profit dedicated to bringing ornaments to those spending Christmas Eve in the hospital. From those humble beginnings, HOPE Ornaments has blossomed—from one child at one hospital that first year, to ten ornaments purchased and delivered by Lyzzi the next year, to over 3,500 ornaments at 39 local Illinois hospitals delivered by volunteers last year.
The HOPE mission “to bring a little joy to the thousands of children and adults who spend the holidays in the hospital each year, battling cancer and other life threatening diseases,” explained by Lyzzi, definitely caught our attention, and we can’t think of a more perfect fit. We were inspired when we heard the HOPE Ornament story and, this December, Melrose made a donation of 150 ornaments to be shared in hospitals throughout the state. Now, we’re encouraging you to help spread the joy as well!
As wholesalers and retailers, we have a wonderful gift of being able to share with such a wide audience, and it would be a shame to let that end here. So, we’ve come up with a few things you can do to help!
~ After Christmas, or even after your “After Christmas Sale”, we’re guessing you might have a handful of ornaments still left on the shelves. Why not clear that inventory out and donate some of your unsold ornaments? Trust us, it’s easy to do!
~ Encourage your customers to donate! In 2014, place a basket next to your register, along with a copy of the HOPE story, and ask customer during check out if they’d like to purchase an extra ornament to donate to the cause. You could even run a promotion—buy an ornament at full price, and give a donated ornament at half off!
~ “Like” HOPE Ornaments on Facebook and share their story with your friends. You never know who might see the post and make a kind donation themselves. Whether your customers or friends donate 1 ornament, or 100, they all add up!
Donations for 2014 can be mailed to Lyzzi (anytime throughout the year) at the address below, or you can email her for more information. And if you can make a donation, we’d love to hear about it—share your story in the comments section below!
Donate to HOPE Ornaments by mail to the address below. Or, to talk to Lyzzi personally, email her at Lyzzi.firstname.lastname@example.org.
c/o Lyzzi Elliott
562 2nd Street
Grays Lake, IL 60030