We are pleased to announce our new partnership with Giving is a Family Tradition (GiFT)! We will be featuring GiFT for our Margs for a Mission™ Mondays during the months of December and January.
As always, every Monday we will donate $1 from every margarita sale and $5 from every margarita pitcher sale to our partner charity. Be sure to stop in before the end of January to help us donate to GiFT!
Formed in 2005, GiFT once began as a small family holiday project when the organization’s founder, Jennifer Krassinger, decided to “adopt” a family in need for Christmas. This became an annual tradition, and through an outpouring of donations and volunteers, GiFT became a 501©3 organization in 2011.
Today and always, GiFT is dedicated to helping families with critically-ill newborns and aims to provide as much comprehensive support as possible to these families. The organization thrives in providing a sense of hope to families in crisis and is thrilled to receive updates from their Destination Home families after they’ve gone home from the NICU, especially when the ill newborn grows into a healthy child! Completely volunteer-operated, GiFT provides an array of services through 4 different programs:
- GiFT Gets You There – This program gives families gas cards, Metro tickets, and other transportation assistance to help families spend time with their baby.
- The Destination Home – This program provides infant care essentials for a safe home environment for families who are unable or are too distraught to have a baby shower. So far, this program has served 29 families in 2017 alone!
- GiFT Remembers – This provides support and financial assistance toward remembrances for grieving families.
- The Holiday Project – This special program gives customized Christmas gifts to families during the holiday season.
In addition to assisting this organization through Margs for a Mission, Hacienda will be “adopting” one family through GiFT’s Holiday Project. We will be personally involved with the family, and our staff will donate items on this family’s wish list. We will also take an extra day to wrap all the gifts for the Holiday Project families before Christmas!
Please be sure to stop by Hacienda and enjoy a margarita or two to help raise money for GiFT! All funds will go directly toward the programs that support families with critically-ill newborns at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.
Want to learn more about GiFT? Please visit their website at www.givingisafamilytradition.org. We hope to see you at Hacienda during December and January!