According to the Urban Dictionary, a pinky promise or pinky swear is “the most sacred, serious, vow anyone can ever swear to. If broken, you must suffer some serious consequences. These promises come straight from the heart and are sworn to value.” Your 10-year-old self should remember the seriousness of a pinky swear. When my kids pinky swear with me, I know they mean business.
Remi’s charity of choice this year for the annual fall fundraiser was Pinky Swear Foundation, the Charlotte Chapter. Before you continue reading about how they got started, grab a tissue…Mitch Chepokas was nine years old when he was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer. While in the hospital during his last Christmas in 2002, he overheard the family next to him having a discussion regarding not having enough money for Christmas that year. Mitch looked at his dad Steve and said, this isn’t fair – how much money do I have in my savings account? Mitch, with the help of his dad, withdrew all the money he had and placed it in envelopes for the kids on the pediatric oncology floor at the hospital. Mitch exclaimed to his dad that it was the most fun he had ever experienced and wanted to do it again next year. Sadly however, his dad replied that he was probably not going to be here next year as Mitch’s prognosis was not good. At that time, Mitch made his dad do a pinky swear promise to continue to help children with cancer and their families after he was gone.
Mitch passed away the following April 2003. Since then, Pinky Swear Foundation has provided more than $5 million in financial assistance and quality of life support to hundreds of families whose children are bravely battling the ugliness of cancer.
The mission of Pinky Swear Foundation is to ease the financial and emotional impacts experienced by families during a very challenging time, through programs such as; The Envelope Program, Pinky Swear Pantry and All Star Weekends.
If you are looking for a charity to support this holiday season or during next year’s fundraising efforts, look no further. Pinky Swear Foundation has 3 different ways to support them and there’s something for everyone.
- Donate – You can make a one-time or recurring monetary donation with the click of a mouse. You can also make the donation in honor or in memory of a loved one. You can also support your favorite Pinky Swear Triathlete; kids as young as six years old swim, bike, and run to help raise money for the charity. If you prefer donating goods, Pinky Swear accepts pantry items (i.e. microwave popcorn, mac & cheese, protein bars, and bottled water) to stock the Pinky Swear Pantry at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC.
- Volunteer – You can donate your time and help out at one of the various Pinky Swear fundraising events, in the Pinky Swear Pantry, or in the office with filing, data entry, envelope stuffing, or a special project.
- Fundraise – As a non-profit organization, fundraising is vital to helping kids with cancer and their families. You can fundraise for an event, for donations, or host your own event and donate the proceeds to Pinky Swear Foundation.
If you are looking for the perfect holiday gift and want to support Pinky Swear Foundation – you are in luck! Purchase a handmade, ultra-soft Love Your Melon beanie and 50% of the profit from sales is donated to one of Love Your Melon’s nonprofit partners in the fight against pediatric cancer…Pinky Swear Foundation.
If you would like more information on Pinky Swear Foundation, visit https://www.pinkyswear.org/. You can also find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pinkyswearfoundation or https://www.facebook.com/pinkyswearnorthcarolina/ if you are in North Carolina. Their Twitter handle is @PinkySwearFndtn and Instagram is @pinkyswearfoundation.
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