Chip and Joanna Gaines recently put their home-building and renovation skills to the best kind of use. The Fixer-Upper couple visited St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee to present a check for $1.5 million. In addition to the monetary donation, the couple gifted the St. Jude Target House with a new playhouse designed by the talented duo.
The couple had initially set a goal of raising $500,000, but with help from celebrity fans, including Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, as well as hundreds and hundreds of their followers, they were able to raise $1.5 million. The money will fully cover the costs of treatment, travel, housing, and food for families and their children fighting cancer.
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Today we're leaving @StJude feeling changed forever. The beautiful kids and families here carry such strength and hope, and we were honored to spend the day with them. Thank you @target for throwing the best garden party and for all you do for the families who stay at the Target House. And thank you once again to everyone who helped #ChipIn to support the children at St. Jude. ❤️
Chip and Joanna Gaines Make Huge Contribution to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital
Chip and Joanna arrived at St. Jude’s wearing adorable bumble bee headbands. They played music, sang songs and read Joanna’s children’s book, We Are the Gardeners, to the children who attended the event.
“As we walked in today, a little boy told us that he’s ‘demo day-ing’ his cancer treatment and that’s pretty much the best thing I’ve ever heard. In our world, demo day marks the end of one chapter and the beginning of a newer, more exciting one,” Chip said at the event. “And that’s exactly what we want for you — we’re pulling for each and every one of you.”
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THANK YOU ALL—you blew this thing out of the water. Because of YOU, we have raised $1.49 million for @stjude and $512,000 for the @bravelikegabe Foundation. Over TWO MILLION DOLLARS raised for the fight against cancer! This campaign is proof that when we all work together for something bigger than ourselves, anything is possible. ⠀ ⠀ And to my friend @dudedadvlog, thank you for the original challenge and motivation to do something BIG. ⠀ ⠀ And of course, also to @lauren_daigle, @drewbarrymore, @arod, @jlo, @kevinlove, @spaceykacey, @jessiejamesdecker, and @floridageorgialine—thank YOU for spreading the word and helping crush our original $230,000 goal!! #ChipInChallenge⠀ ⠀ I’d do it all again for the brave kids @stjude—we will see you soon. And to my dear friend @gigrunewald, til we meet again. #notTodayCancer
This isn’t the first time the couple has worked to support St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. In 2017, Chip and Joanna worked with St. Jude’s to redesign the dining room of the St. Jude Target House. Chip also ran a social media fundraising campaign that year – he told fans he would shave his head if they raised $25,000 for St. Jude’s. They ended up raising $230,000.
Joanna told People, “Our hope is that this space brings a bit of joy to the families here.”
Keep up the incredible work, Chip and Joanna Gaines! So many families appreciate your gracious hearts and charitable actions!
When I’m not hanging out with my three-year-old and husband in Brooklyn, I’m busy writing stories for Mamas Uncut and managing PR + Marketing for Magnolia Bakery, based in New York City. On weekends, you can usually find me at a local park or playground pushing my daughter on the swings, “researching” the best almond croissants in Park Slope or launching into impromptu family dance parties at home, the sidewalk or, every once in awhile, a restaurant bathroom. I’m still trying to master the whole parenting thing, but I have learned that copious amounts of coffee, humor and humility are involved on a daily basis.