Did you know that more than 15,000 children around the world die each day from the effects of starvation and malnutrition? Over 55 million children across the globe suffer from the debilitating impact of acute malnutrition, a medical term that essentially means the body begins feeding on itself because it lacks proper nutrition to survive otherwise. And in the United States, 20% of all children live in food insecure households, meaning they do not get the proper nutrition they need or adequate meals on a daily basis to succeed at school, in sports or in other activities.
As you may know, Legacy is a family-owned business (started by our patriarch, Dave Dunn and his wife Mary, and passed on to his three daughters, Mary Pat, Pam and Cathy and their husbands, Pete, Tim and Carlos). You've seen our kids on the cover of our catalog, year after year. You may have even met them at a trade show. Families and children have always been central to who we are as a company and as individuals. In fact, all three sisters were once teachers, and all three husbands have served their country proudly in the U.S. Army. We believe we all have an obligation to make this world a better place, not just for our families, but families everywhere.
That is why we are so excited to announce the launch of our BUY A CARD | FEED A CHILDTM card line. Every full-color card (SRP $2.99) you purchase from Legacy will now help feed hungry children and families in the United States and around the world. Legacy will donate a portion of the profits from each card to different hunger relief organizations each month that are committed to eradicating the deadly scourge of hunger and malnutrition from the face of the earth. We believe this goal can be accomplished in our lifetime with your help.
No child should have to go hungry. No family should be without enough to eat on a regular basis. It isn't just about selling greeting cards for us. It's about saving lives. You can help make a difference in a child's life. Won't you join us in the fight?
Want to know how we are doing in our efforts to end hunger? Check back here monthly to see the organizations we are supporting and the equivalent number of meals we have provided (derived by dividing our donation by the cost per meal as provided by the recipient organization). Our goal is to provide 750,000 meals in our first year.
APRIL, 2013 23,221 Meals Provided
For the month of April, Legacy
has chosen Share Our Strength | No Kid Hungry (www.nokidhungry.org) as our
recipient organization. Thanks to your
greeting card purchases during the month of April, Legacy was able to provide a
donation in an amount equivalent to 23, 221 meals (based on cost-of-meal information provided by the
recipient) to Share Our Strength. Share
Our Strength is working to end childhood hunger in America by connecting kids
with effective nutrition programs, like school breakfasts and summer meal
programs, through its No Kid Hungry network of private citizens, government
organization, non-profit organizations, businesses and other entities working
to provide innovative solutions to the problem of childhood hunger in their communities. Share Our Strength has received a three-star rating
by Charity Navigator, a leading, independent charity evaluator.
Here are our previous 2013 donation recipients:
JANUARY, 2013 38, 966 Meals Provided
has chosen Food for the Poor (www.foodforthepoor.org) as our recipient organization for the month of
January. Thanks to your greeting card
purchases in the month of January, Legacy was able to provide a donation in an
amount equivalent to 38,966 meals (based on cost-of-meal
information provided by the recipient) to Food For The Poor ("FFTP"). FFTP is the largest international relief and
development organization in the United States, according to the Chronicle of
Philanthropy. Founded in 1982, Food for the Poor is an interdenominational
Christian ministry serving the poorest of the poor in 17 countries throughout the
Caribbean and Latin America. Since their
inception in 1982, Food for the Poor has provided approximately $9 billion in
aid and has built more than 77,417 housing units for the destitute. FFTP received a 5-Star Financial Efficiency
rating, from the independent rating agency Ministry Watch, the highest possible
score, based on the latest information from 2010. FFTP is among the upper
echelon for cost-efficiency within the MinistryWatch.com database, where it
ranks 10th out of 341 ministries.
FEBRUARY, 2013 35,321 Meals Provided
has selected Feeding America (www.feedingamerica.org) as our recipient organization for the month of
February. Thanks to your greeting card
purchases in the month of February, Legacy was able to provide a donation to Feeding America in an amount equivalent to 35,321 meals (based on cost-of-meal information provided by the
recipient). Feeding America is one of
America's leading domestic hunger-relief charities. The mission of Feeding
America is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food
banks and to engage America in the fight to end hunger. As Feeding America itself describes: "Through the assistance of local and national
food assistance programs, Feeding America is able to provide nutritious, fresh
foods to Americans struggling with hunger; safe and nurturing places for
children to have a meal; emergency assistance for disaster victims; as well as
a chance at self-sufficiency for adults trying to break the cycle of poverty
and hunger." Feeding America has been
given a 4-Star Rating (the highest possible rating) by Charity Navigator, a
leading, independent charity evaluator.
15,960 Meals Provided
has selected Be Like Brit (www.BeLikeBrit.org) as our recipient organization for the month of
March. Thanks to your greeting card
purchases in the month of March, Legacy was able to provide a donation to Be Like Brit in an amount equivalent to 15,960 meals (based on cost-of-meal
information provided by the recipient).
Be Like Brit's mission is to serve the children of Haiti by establishing
a safe, nurturing and sustainable orphanage in an environment where they can
grow, learn and thrive. Young Britney Gengel
arrived in Haiti in January, 2010 just a day before a catastrophic earthquake
that claimed an estimated 230,000 lives rocked the small, poverty stricken
country. Britney had spent the day visiting a Haitian orphanage where she and
fellow students from Lynn University, on a Journey of Hope, met the small
Haitian orphans they had traveled so far to help. Just a few hours later,
Britney, three of her fellow students and two Lynn professors were dead,
crushed in the rubble of their hotel. Britney was just 19. But Britney's dream did not die with her.
Shortly before the earthquake, she sent the following text message to her
family: "They love us so much and everyone is so happy. They love what they
have and they work so hard to get nowhere, yet they are all so appreciative. I
want to move here and start an orphanage myself." In her honor, the Gengel family founded the
Be Like Brit orphanage in Grand Goave, Haiti, based on the belief that every
child has inherent dignity and worth and deserves to lead a happy life, full of
love and understanding. Be Like Brit believes a strong faith, a nurturing
atmosphere, proper nutrition, clothing, education, and hygiene along with age
specific programming will provide the best environment for these children to
grow and learn. Be Like Brit develops an
individualized life plan, tailored to each child's unique needs, in order to
promote the most healthy development and growth of these beautiful children.
Click on the image
below to see how many meals we've provided since we started:
YTD MEAL COUNTER